Sisters join forces to run food drive

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Molly and Madeline Bansemer sit outside the Edmonds PCC awaiting food drive donations.

Edmonds resident Heather Bansemer’s 14-year-old daughter, Lainey, had a special request a couple of weeks ago: She wanted to run a food drive at PCC in Edmonds to benefit The Bread of Life Mission in Seattle, an organization where the family volunteers once a month.

“Of course, I was surprised, and then touched, and then energized to help my daughter do her ‘thing,'” Bansemer wrote in her blog, Creatively Mashed.  “Her sisters (11-year-old Madeline and 12-year-old Molly) agreed this was a great idea, and they were quickly on board to dedicate a Saturday to helping the homeless.”

Bansemer and her daughters staffed the PCC Natural Markets table outside in blustery weather from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. last Saturday, collecting two grocery carts full of food and nearly $50 in cash for the Bread of Life Mission.

“It’s not every day that your children lead you by THEIR example, and remind you that you have opportunities all around you to make a better community in a multitude of ways,” Bansemer wrote. “I’m truly honored to have children as wonderful as mine.”

Madeline and Lainey load bags of donated groceries into the Bread of Life Mission van.

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