Gathering in community service helps hundreds remember 9-11
Families gathered at Lake Stevens City Hall on Saturday in an effort to heed President Obama’s call for a Day of Remembrance and Service. The LDS church group painted both City Hall and the Permit Center as well as weeding and cleaning several other areas of the community.
In a week of dark clouds and rain, Saturday, Sept. 11 was bright with sunshine as hundreds of local church members united around the city of Lake Stevens to serve within their community on this National Day of Remembrance and Service.
Shovels and paint brushes were in hand as over 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and their friends gathered at local schools, the Lake Stevens Police station, Lake Stevens Fire stations and at City Hall and the Permit Center all in an effort to beautify the community in which they live and love.
Heeding the call of the President, members throughout Idaho, Oregon and Washington memorialized this day by serving within their communities.
“Today has been designated as a National Day of Remembrance and Service by President Obama,” President Mark Call, a representative from the local Snohomish Stake of the LDS Church said. “But it’s not new to our church to serve on this day, we have done this in other parts of the country and the leadership of our church has asked us to take part in this Day of Service.”
Service projects were held all over the Northwest including several dozen across Snohomish County alone.
In Lake Stevens, Mt. Pilchuck, Skyline and Hillcrest Elementary schools all had weeds pulled and Kid’s Oasis at Mt. Pilchuck even received a cleaning with a pressure washer. Other schools that were cleaned and weeded include North Lake and Lake Stevens Middle, Cavelero Mid-High and Lake Stevens High School.
Over 30 yards of beauty bark was distributed at the Lake Stevens Fire District Administration building and other work was completed at Fire Station 82 on Chapel Hill Road. The Police Station also had residents washing windows and pulling weeds.
Dozens of people helped paint the outside of City Hall and the Permit Center which covered over 8,000 square feet.
Streets near Catherine Creek also received almost 250 drainage plaques, reminding all of us to be careful what goes down the drainage grates. Many of these were glued down by families with small children.
All of those who participated live in Lake Stevens where their children attend school and where many work, play and shop.
“We wanted to provide service to our local friends, neighbors, and community; people whom we interact with on a daily basis,” Lake Stevens resident Ken Sessions said.
None of the projects could have been completed without the help of local supporters Lake Stevens True Value, Ace Hardware in Lake Stevens, Westside Window Cleaning and Home Depot, all of which donated the supplies needed to complete the projects.
It is expected to become an annual event with the hope of being able to serve even more of the community.
“It was a wonderful experience! We look forward to doing this next year. We are grateful for the opportunity to work side-by-side with our neighbors as we provided service to the great Lake Stevens community,” Sessions said.