Reader view: A way to put that extra $600 to good use

Daybreakers members Bob Smith (left) and Mike Denton present a check to Pam Martinez of Holly House for holiday gifts for kids in 2008. Holly House is another of our oldest relationships.

Right about now, most of us are getting $600 or more from the government. We didn’t ask for it and many of us don’t really need it. You may have thought that it should have gone instead to people to whom $600 could make a real difference.

So, what can we do to get that money to individuals or groups struggling to stay afloat ?

Who are these people? How do we find them?

We, The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers, are good at that. Every year, for the past 25 years, we have given away tens of thousands of dollars to causes serving people in need, including, among others:

Edmonds Boys & Girls Club

Clothes for Kids

Edmonds Food Bank

Edmonds Schools-student meals

Washington Kids in Transition

Student music programs

Nourishing Network


We Rotarians have already committed to this campaign and we believe there are many more of you with the same view of the stimulus who would like to help us help others. When you pass your stimulus payment along to the Daybreakers Foundation, it will go to fund some of the most pressing needs in what has literally become a World of Want. All it will take is a couple of moments of your time and it won’t cost you a dime; it will all come from the misdirected money that the government gave you.

Right now—before you use that $600 for something far less worthy—go to our website and click on the Donate button. Then just follow the prompts.


P.S. If you prefer to send a check, send it to Daybreakers Treasurer, P.O. Box 1584, Edmonds WA 98020. (and by the way, our foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, making donations tax deductible.)

— By Mike Denton

5 Replies to “Reader view: A way to put that extra $600 to good use”

  1. Thanks Mike, If we get a stimulus check it will definitely go to a worthy cause in our community. That was our plan already. The Daybreakers do good work.


  2. Thanks, Daybreakers Rotarians for your good work. I think this is a good time to repeat the 4 way test that all Rotarians are urged to follow:
    1. Is it the TRUTH?
    2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
    4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
    Let’s spread this code to all our citizens and to the City Council as a great way to develop trust in our elected officials.


  3. I am proud to be a member of this fine Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club. Pat and I have happily sent our two $600 payments to the Daybreakers Foundation and, as a member of the Board of Directors, look forward to participating in our programs to provide help to those folks most in need in Edmonds.


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