Wheatland Village puts friendly rivalry to good purpose with food, blanket, pet food drive

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This food drive went to the dawgs — no pussy-footing around.

Back in December, Wheatland Village campus members and staff waged their annual Washington State University Cougar-University of Washington Husky rivalry in support of Helpline, the Blue Mountain Action Council food bank and Blue Mountain Humane Society.

Keith Walde, Wheatland Village executive director, said “Each year when we have our annual food, blanket and pet food drive, it humbles me to see the generosity of campus members, staff and visitors. All have given sacrificially to help others in need. What the donors don’t get to see are the smiles on the faces of the staff at these agencies.”

At the end of the month-long drive there was lots to smile about:

Bragging rights for 2013 go to the UW Huskies, and the university flag was proudly draped in the retirement residence’s Village Square. A combined total of 810 pounds of food, supplies and 34 blankets were donated.

East of Walla Walla General Hospital, the village offers independent retirement living apartments, penthouses, cottages, patio homes, assisted living and memory care.

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