Each year Sunnyside's Dairy Fair hosts its annual "Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Claus" event for youngsters in the community.
This year staff members wanted to do more. They wanted to serve the community with more than tasty treats.
Tami Silva approached Lynn Geddis of Darigold, asking what both the gift shop and the cheese plants might be able to do to further assist the community's needs.
They had both been separately brainstorming ideas and by combining their collective cognitive skills, it was decided they would contact Northwest Harvest for the purpose of collecting food for hungry community members.
Northwest Harvest agreed to work with Silva and Geddis and the pair has gained support from employees within Dairy Fair and Darigold.
As the idea grew along with the enthusiasm expressed by employees of the two facilities, Silva decided it would be a good idea to include children participating in Dairy Fair's "Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Claus" event.
"The goal is to fill our wall of coolers with non-perishable foods for needy families," said Silva.
She said children can bring a canned good to the Saturday, Dec. 6, event or they can purchase one from Dairy Fair at the cost of 50 cents.
"It is a great way for them to help those in need and feel they are doing something for someone else," Silva said.
She said monetary donations will also be accepted at the event. Any monies collected will be used by Northwest Harvest to further efforts to assist those in need locally.
"We don't want to see families go hungry this year," Silva said.
"Decorating Cookies with Mrs. Claus" will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the public is invited.