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Army of volunteers rally for mealtime mission
It was a factory of food, an assembly line where handfuls of tasty turkey and mouth-watering roast beef were tucked into tortilla wraps.
A large crowd of volunteers hustled about the American Legion hall in Bayview Thursday as helpers prepared hundreds and hundreds of lunches for the annual Box Lunch fundraiser.
The popular Box Lunch fundraiser was previously sponsored by In-A-Pinch, and this was the first year it had been run by the South Whidbey Family Resource Center.
The center will use funds from the Box Lunch day to support the major programs of the Readiness to Learn Foundation.
Along with a crew more than two dozen strong, Joan Smith of the American Legions Thanksgiving Dinner and Tom Arhontas of the Mobile Turkey Unit volunteered their culinary skills.
The center had a goal of selling 500 lunches to local businesses and residents.
We made our goal, said Gail LaVasser, program coordinator of the Family Resource Center.
Volunteers put a large list to a window at the Legion hall, with a list of delivery locations and the types of lunches that had been ordered. Lunch bags were packed and being loaded into waiting cars before noon.
Its gone good. Everybodys done a great job, it was organized real well and we got everybody out, said volunteer Ken Keiling.