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"Mill Creek Garden Club embraces being Santa’s Helpers," by Lila Johnson

Sandy Somers and Julie Jacobson artistically arrange the toys donated by MCGC Members. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.
Sandy Somers and Julie Jacobson artistically arrange the toys donated by MCGC Members. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

By Lila Johnson, Publicity Chair Mill Creek Garden Club.

Since there’s only one real Santa, the rest of us must be content to be his helpers. Oh, how Garden Club members answered the call to fill that joyful role by being a part of the Claus’ Corps of Elves!

At the Club’s annual Christmas Party members brought donations of unwrapped new toys, mittens, scarves, hats and Christmas gift wrap, decorations and lights for Christmas House, Everett—everything to help make a Merry Christmas for qualifying families with children ranging in age from infants to 18 years. 

As garden club members arrived at the December 11, 2018, party, the entry hall at Shawn O’Donnell’s overflowed with wonderful gifts sure to help fill Santa’s pack. A trio of husbands, Mike Somers, Jeff Jacobson and Duane Huckell, a strong, muscular division of the Elf Corp, delivered the goods to the Christmas House “store” located at the Everett Boys and Girls Club.

In earlier years Garden Club members had an ornament exchange at their annual party, but in 2012 that all changed thanks to Christmas Chair Judy Morrier and her merry band of committee members. They thought it better to give than to receive so they proposed dropping the ornament exchange in favor of gift giving to Christmas House, which has assisted parents in Snohomish County since 1981. 

As the saying goes, “the rest is history;” since 2012, every MCGC Christmas Committee and Board has made giving to Christmas House a part of the Club’s annual Christmas party. It’s amazing how such a simple idea by some good-hearted members has become a tradition—that’s Mill Creek Garden Club!  It’s great being an elf!

The Corp of Elves husbands, Jeff Jacobson, Mike Somers, and Dave Huckell delivered the goods to Christmas House, Everett. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

The Corp of Elves husbands, Jeff Jacobson, Mike Somers, and Duane Huckell delivered the goods to Christmas House, Everett. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

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