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Whidbey Coffee owner donates fair pig to charity

August 22, 2013 · Updated 3:03 PM
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Photo courtesy of Kathy McLaughlin McCabe Above, Samantha Ollis, Dan Ollis and Kathy McLaughlin McCabe pose for a photograph at the Whidbey Island Area Fair. Ollis bought and donated a pig to Good Cheer Food Bank. / Contributed photo

Good Cheer Food Bank received a squealin’ donation over the weekend. Dan Ollis, owner and operator of Whidbey Coffee, purchased a pig at the 4-H auction for $840 from Samantha Ollis, 11. Ollis then donated the pig to the Good Cheer Food Bank on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The donation was part of an idea for Whidbey Coffee to work with the different communities in which they operate. Ollis coincidentally purchased the 311-pound pig from his niece. He was going for the biggest pig, he said.

Whidbey Coffee has donated to Good Cheer in the past, but this was the first time the business has donated a pig, he said.

“We wanted to offer something other than a canned food drive. With this donation we had the opportunity to work with 4-H and Good Cheer. It’s a win-win scenario,” he said.

Kathy McLaughlin McCabe, executive director at Good Cheer, said Saturday was an all-time highlight for her as executive director. She said in about two weeks the butchered pig choices will be on the shelves at Good Cheer.

McLaughlin McCabe said this is a winning donation on so many levels that supports the Island County Fair, 4-H and Good Cheer Food Bank clients.


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