The 2019 Lynden Tribune Readers Care Fund efforts are a wrap. Thanks to the generosity of approximately 100 individuals and organizations, we raised $16,250 for our recipient organizations this year, surpassing our goal by over 8 percent.

  Each year, we promote our Readers Care Fund efforts beginning in early November through the newspaper, on our website, on our social media platforms and with personalized letters. This year was our 14th year and we surpassed $175,000 in total giving, thanks to you!

  The Lynden Community Center’s hot-meals program provides nutritious meals to both members and visitors and also delivers them weekly to those who can’t make it into the center. This wonderful program operates without any state or federal dollars and we are so pleased to be able to support its efforts.

  The Nooksack Valley Food Bank serves over 180 families each week and in November moved into a much-needed new facility in Everson. We are delighted to be able to help them with the transition from the old flood-prone church basement to its beautiful building, where the needs of the community can be better served.

  Our final recipient was once again Lynden’s Project Hope. Administered by Don Kok and an amazing staff and group of volunteers, the Hope Office community assistance efforts are to be applauded. 

  Efficiently operating the food bank, Kok said it was able to provide a “food bridge” to an average of 150 families per week in 2019. In addition, they also provide an invaluable service of helping those families who may be struggling with such things as a past-due utility bill or the need for a child’s warm winter coat. 

  The Lynden Tribune is privileged to have the forum and the opportunity to help facilitate the Readers Care Fund effort each year. As proudly advertised, 100 percent of the funds raised immediately go to work in the community.

  As valued readers of the Lynden Tribune, we thank you for your belief and support in the value of quality community news. You exceeded our expectations, and for that we, and the entire Whatcom County community, sincerely say “Thank You!”