by Earl Brockman
Newport, Wash., December 15, 2012 - On Oct. 20 and 27, 2012, the Newport, Wash., Pathfinders, along with some Newport Church members went out into the Newport, Diamond Lake and Oldtown communities to invite families to donate non-perishable food items for their Annual Food Drive. At each contact, Glow Tracts and other booklets were distributed. Donated food was sorted and used to make up Thanksgiving food boxes for families that had been identified as needy by local social service agencies. Pathfinder director, Bev Mayfield, says that sizeable donations were also made to three area food banks and also NACS (Newport Adventist Community Services).
The Pathfinder outreach continued as 12 Christmas stockings were filled with gifts donated by the Pathfinders and church members, and were delivered to needy children in the Priest River, Idaho area on Dec. 11. Also in December, the Pathfinders planned a Christmas party for war veterans and their families. Only one of the invited families was able to attend due to road conditions after a heavy snowfall. Pathfinders thanked the veteran for his service to our country, and provided gifts and refreshments. Gifts were also delivered to those families that were unable to attend the party.