Nor'Wester Rotary Club announces Santa in Sand

The Salvation Army in Port Angeles is finding itself in a situation many of its clients are familiar with - running low on food. The Salvation Army operates a food bank that serves 250 families with 418 adults and 186 children every month and a soup kitchen that serves 2,352 people a month. Both are operated out of the same food pantry.

"Right now, we have about 30 days of canned and nonperishable goods in stock," said Major Hal Hads. "We like to keep about a three-month supply, if possible."

Learning of the situation, Nor'Wester Rotary approached several area businesses for support and created "Santa in Sand, a food-raiser/fundraiser for the Salvation Army."

The event is being presented by Westsound Bank and sponsored by 7 Cedars Casino and other area businesses and individuals. It features a display of a lit Christmas village in sand on the lower level of The Landing Mall in Port Angeles and is open to the public from now through the end of the year. Admission to the display will be a can of food per person.

"We are very fortunate," said Kurt Anderson, president of the service club, "that Roger Wheeler of RJ Services agreed to hold the sand from Arts in Action for us. That allowed us to be able to put this together at a very reasonable rate. Two of the master sculptors and a third from Seattle also agreed to create this sculpture display for far less than they would normally charge as a way of helping out the community." Three truck loads of sand were brought into The Landing with a Bobcat and hand-packed.

"We are working with the North Pole to arrange more days with Santa," said Anderson. "We will update the community as we know more."

Charlie Beaulieu, the master sculptor from Arts in Action, and Damon Langlois, a master sculptor who consistently places at the event, joined by Brent Perry from Seattle in creating the display.

The Landing Mall hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

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