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Doc rallies businesses to help flood victims
By PAUL BALCERAK
Fallout continues from the severe floods earlier this month and one doctor is going to great lengths to help out victims.
Dr. Glen Gordon, a former Silverdale physician, has been busy rustling up support from local businesses to help hoard donations of large appliances and furniture for flood victims in Lewis County. His efforts, dubbed Lets keep Christmas in Chehalis, have hit a couple of recent snags, however.
Gordon is having difficulty finding trucks that can transport items from a drop-off station in Poulsbo to United Way in Lewis County. Though hes found a few qualified drivers, Gordon said hes looking for a company willing to donate a covered delivery van.
The United Way also is in a bit of a pinch in terms of what kinds of donated items they can accept. Theyre faced with liability for items they dole out and will only accept like new items.
I would love to accept all of it, but United Way is saying, We cannot, we will not, and Im going to honor that, Gordon said. Were gonna be looking for stuff that you know is really good.
Whatever gets donated mattresses, refrigerators, etc. has to look like it just rolled off a showroom floor.
Gordons involvement in the collections is purely voluntary. Hes been involved in fund-raising of some sort since his days in Silverdale, when he was the only doctor here, he said.
Gordon lost about 1,300 pounds of stored beef during the recent floods and said that put everything in perspective for him.
I thought, this is nothing compared to what these people (with flood-damaged homes) have lost, he said.
Hes had assistance from Hill Worldwide Moving Services in Poulsbo, which has helped transport donated items to Lewis County, and by Central Market, also in Poulsbo.
A donation station has been set up at the North Kitsap Little League Field, just off the Poulsbo/Bainbridge Island exit on Highway 3. Anyone who wants to donate can call (360) 297-6858 and have someone meet them at the field.