“I’ll Never Forget It:” Community Gives Free Thanksgiving Meal for Everson Flood Victims


On Thursday, residents of Everson gathered to provide food and community for flood victims.

After historic flooding that ravaged Whatcom County, many people are forced to celebrate Thanksgiving not the way they planned, or unable to celebrate the holiday at all.

“Help them realize that there is going to be a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Karley Stremler

Stremler helped organize a massive community event, where volunteers cooked a Thanksgiving meal and served those affected by the flooding.

The event took place at the Smokestack Diner from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and fed hundreds of people for free.

RELATED: Whatcom Co. community comes together to help clean up flood damage

“There is so much more than food going on today,” said Kari Gardner, owner of Smokestack Diner.

For people like Scott McLennan and his family, it gave them something to be thankful for at a time that was difficult.

“People have come together. It’s a whole community. Really. People ready to help. They’re from all over, even from Bellingham, and they’re right here. It’s really heartwarming,” he said. .

McLennan says his house was damaged by the flooding. He says he will always be remembered for the kindness of his community who took the time to provide a meal for families like his on Thanksgiving.

In addition to feeding the community on site, the drivers delivered meals to locals working in their homes, who did not have time to eat at the restaurant.

Organizers also donated socks and other resources to those affected by the floods.

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