The Snoqualmie Tribal Campus and Casino is closed to non-essential
employees, but many others are busy doing what they can for their
community and local healthcare providers.
The team of volunteers recently sorted, packaged, and delivered more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce and dairy from the casino’s five dining venues to several community organizations in order to families that are facing hardship, including the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, Chief Seattle Club, Union Gospel Mission, and LightHouse StoreHouse.
In addition to food donations, the Snoqualmie Tribe and Snoqualmie Casino consolidated medical supplies at each of their respective locations for delivery to Swedish Hospital in Issaquah and the North Bend Snoqualmie Police Department. More than 5,000 masks, 1,000 pairs of gloves and 500 containers of disinfectant wipes were among the supplies donated.
“In the middle of this unprecedented health crisis we must all work together to see to the needs of the people in our communities,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles. “While we are doing everything possible to help our Tribal members and employees, we are also aware of the needs of the greater community and want to help where we can.”
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Executive Director Nikki Lloyd said the need at the food bank only keeps growing. “This health crisis has created a true financial emergency for many families,” she said.
A community effort like the one led by the Tribe is increasingly necessary to make possible the weathering of this storm.