Bellingham woman is making quilts for Oso mudslide survivors

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 20, 2014 

Bellingham native and avid quilter Molly Malone Jonas is making quilts for Oso mudslide survivors. She's got one done already, and has had others express interest in helping.

One friend gave her a quilt top started 30 years ago and never finished. 4th Corner Quilts donated 6 yards of fabric for the quilt back and several friends donated money for the batting. Molly said she had the quilt pinned together to start quilting when local real estate agent Michelle Clark saw it and immediately bought it for $300. That will allow Molly to make three more quilts.

If you have unfinished quilt tops stored away, she'd be happy to finish them up to benefit Oso survivors. You can call Molly at 360-650-0780 for more information.

Others continue to help out in relief efforts as well:

-- Kyle Blodgett reports that Yeager's Sporting Goods donated $842.54 worth of goods to the relief effort on March 29.

-- BP Foundation is donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross Mount Baker Chapter to provide assistance during the ongoing recovery effort. It will help purchase emergency food, health services and shelter for those displaced by the mudslide. BP Foundation is also matching employee donations to the relief effort.

Separately, BP's Northwest Fuels Value Chain is donating $10,000 in pre-paid gas cards. They will be distributed by the Snohomish County Chapter of the Red Cross to local residents impacted by the landslide.

'OLD GUARD' HONORS

Ray A. "Trapper" Stewart, long-time resident of Bellingham and Ferndale who turns 97 May 6, was honored last fall by the Old Guard Association, his son, also Ray Stewart, writes me.

Soldiers who served with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which Trapper joined in 1936, are eligible to join the association. One of the specialty platoons of the Old Guard keeps watch over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Distinguished Member of the Regiment was granted by order of the Secretary of the Army at a ceremony conducted at the home of The Old Guard, Fort Meyer, VA.

Ray says his dad remains quite active: "He drives, a bit fast, to visit me in Tacoma and my sister in Chehalis 2-3 times a year. He travels extensively - last year to Alaska, across Canada to Nova Scotia, train to Washington, D.C., Minnesota for a family reunion, and was just cancelled from a trip that he'd planned to Cuba. His travel plans this year are equally as aggressive."

FOUNDATION SUPPORTS SCHOOLS

Gennie Clawson from the Bellingham Public School Foundation sent me this about this year's grant program:

"Grant funds are made possible through the generous support of donors from our community. These local funds directly, positively affect the students in every Bellingham Public School.

"With a goal of supporting great teaching and learning, Bellingham Public School Foundation chose to make these school-based grants available with flexibility given to each school to determine their own unique needs and designate how the funds could best be spent. Twenty-two grants totaling $14,000 will impact over 7,000 K-12 students and fund enhancements to literacy, math, and leadership development curriculum, assist with differentiated learning, bring additional technology into use within the classroom setting, and provide transportation to experiences outside and beyond the school building that link school and community experiences.

"In addition, nearly $10,000 was granted to fund cross-district programs including the Summer Reading Program, the Kindergarten Jumpstart, and Playworks.

"Since revitalizing in 2010, the foundation has granted over $100,000 to the district."

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