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Please help Help House

When my wife and I and our two small children moved to Whidbey Island during the last recession (late 1980s), we had a heck of a time securing any kind of work.  We were able to rent a small house in Greenbank and subsist on a variety of assistance.

By far, the most important and reliable source of food and small jobs came from Help House in Oak Harbor. The staff back then was amazing – just as amazing as the current staff, who do their best to help everyone.

While dropping off a small donation today, I spoke with Jean Wieman, the executive director of Help House. Jean told me that in the past four months, Help House has been feeding more than 600 families, or 1,300 to 1,600 individuals, per month.

Jean has spent more than $45,000 this year on groceries for those in need.  They especially prize food donations, as those items become “instant inventory” and get handed out immediately.

I am proud of the fact that Americans are very generous when it comes to those in need.  Here on Whidbey Island we have many choices for people to channel their generosity.

One of my favorites is Help House. Getting enough to eat is a basic human need. The phone number for Help House is 360-675-0681.  They would love to hear from you.

Thanks to all of you who help during this very busy and happy holiday season.

Mike Diamanti


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