George Bartell Comes to Everett With $100,000.00 Check for Salvation Army

May 28, 2014

Events in Everett

Bartell donation

George Bartell presents a check to Major Doug Tollerud of The Salvation Army while standing in front of the Bartell Drugs at Silver Lake Shopping Center in south Everett.

You don’t often see the top guy at Bartell Drugs in one of the Everett stores but today George Bartell used the Silver Lake location as a backdrop to donate $100,000.00 to the Salvation Army Disaster Services. The money will be used in ongoing efforts for those affected by the March 22nd mudslide near Oso. “I was astounded by the generosity from our customers, not only in Everett, but at all of our stores throughout Puget Sound,” said Bartell. “We haven’t done a fundraiser of this type before but the magnitude of this disaster was just so huge we wanted to do something.” He said the initial fundraising goal was more modest, with Bartell Drugs offering to pledge $10,000 to match the same amount donated by customers.

The Salvation Army is partnering with a group of non-profit organizations to provide long-term recovery in the area. The Salvation Army is currently working with 60 families (cases) to provide funding for repairs, utility bills and temporary housing costs, and has deployed five caseworker/advocates to assist the families in identifying needs and navigating the system, including preparation of paperwork to receive FEMA aid.

“We are grateful to Bartell Drugs and its customers for this generous donation,” said Major Doug Tollerud, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in the Northwest. “It will take much time and money to continue assisting the families impacted by the Oso mudslide—and The Salvation Army will be there for as long as it takes.”

Tollerud noted The Salvation Army will host double the number of children from the Oso/ Darrington area attending its week-long summer camp in Eatonville. The camp experience will be provided at no cost to the families and transportation will be provided.

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