Skagit Valley Herald Editorial

Support for children, families deserves thanks
Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 5:00 am

We can all be proud to be part of a community that reacts quickly to the needs of the families and neighbors who live here.

When the Skagit County Boys and Girls Clubs regretfully announced in mid-April that all four of its locations around the valley would have to close for the summer due to a financial shortfall, members of this community quickly went into action.

Less than two weeks later, officials for the clubs happily announced that all four locations — Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley and La Conner — would stay open, which comes as a relief to many families who have few child care options in the summer months. The clubs serve more than 1,000 children.

The infusion of money is coming from anonymous donations, so we don’t know exactly which of our neighbors to thank. But we thank them nonetheless because their quick action means many children from working families will have a safe, affordable place to stay on long summer afternoons.

 It means some children who may have otherwise been left alone all day will have supervision. It means many parents will worry a little less about their kids while they work. It means people who can make a difference in our community care enough about it to do just that. It makes us smile and reflect that, even though no community is perfect, we’re lucky to call this one home.

This editorial reflects the opinions of Publisher Heather Hernandez and Editor Colette Weeks.


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