Halloween weekend had a little extra meaning for some folks in Lake Stevens and Granite Falls. A local country rock band named “Strandyd” decided to give their weekend audiences a chance to help a local area charity and help they did.
Chopsticks House in Lake Stevens and The Spar Tree in Granite Falls hosted performances by Strandyd during which donations were collected for The Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington.
Interfaith operates a family shelter on Cedar Street in Everett. The shelter houses ten families and at any given time there are between 10 and 20 children in the shelter. One of Strandyd’s members suggested doing the shows as benefits for the shelter. He barely got the words out of his mouth when the band threw in enthusiastically. Singer Chad Cook put it this way: “We’ve been blessed. It’s hard to understand why some have so much and some so little but that’s not our job. We’re happy to have a chance to help.”
$134 was collected over the weekend. Jackie Rasco, director of the shelter, was pleasantly surprised when presented with the gift.
“Can I use this for gas cards and bus passes?” she asked a band member. The musician smiled back, “Use it however you see fit, Jackie. Hopefully this is just the beginning. ”