Tuesday, July 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

A happier holiday

// Puyallup Tribe makes $250,000 donation to Toys for Tots

The holidays will be just a little bit brighter for local children in need, thanks to a generous donation to Toys for Tots by the Puyallup Tribe. Tribal Council member Marguerite Edwards and Vice Chairman Bill Sterud presented a check to the organization for $250,000, which will ensure disadvantaged youth in the community will have a special present under the tree this year. “It’s very humbling to have an opportunity like this to give back to the community and kids in need,” Bill Sterud said. “It’s a wonderful thing that the Tribe is in the position to be able to help during the holidays, when misfortune can be magnified for many people.” After presenting the check to Toys for Tots officials on Dec. 7, volunteers from the Tribe spent time sorting through toys to help organizers prepare for a busy holiday season. “This is a new era for the Tribe,” Marguerite Edwards said. “We can take care of our people now, and the community we are a part of. We also provided $250,000 in donations to Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline, which means a lot to us. Many of us can still remember what it was like to go without.” Toys for Tots is co-sponsored by Pierce County Crime Stoppers and the Marine Corps League, and distributes donated toys to low-income children and families in the community.