This is the time of year when we give thanks, count our blessings and celebrate a season of giving. Most of us have much to celebrate, a job, health care, shelter and family. But there are those who don’t enjoy these basics of life right here in Edmonds.
For example; did you know that nearly 5 percent of the population of Edmonds lives below the poverty level? Or that our countywide unemployment is near 10 percent?
In 2010, an estimated 2000 people in Snohomish County were homeless, either living in shelters or on the streets. Even here in our city, people live in cars or on the street. When the temperature drops below freezing, a couple dozen people will be housed in an emergency shelter in our community. The caring volunteers who operate the shelter are a blessing to our city.
Our food banks are staffed by volunteers who see the families each day that are suffering and in need of basic nutrition. In this difficult economy, often times the food banks run low or run out of
During this holiday season, many churches, charities, civic organizations and labor unions collect food and toys so those who are having difficulties will be able to have a modest holiday celebration.
As you shop and enjoy the decorations in Edmonds during this season, please take a moment to think of those who have less than you. Consider giving a toy, sharing some food, money or volunteering your time. Sharing and giving back always makes this season a little more festive for me; I hope it will for you.
Please take time to share a smile and say hi to your neighbors as you are out and about.
As 2010 comes to a close, I want to wish each of you a happy and prosperous holiday season. Thank you for being the caring and giving community that you are.
Mike Cooper, Mayor