South Whidbey Hearts and Hammers raised funds with a spaghetti feed Feb. 10. It’s the first time since Feb. 2020, when the COVID pandemic halted social gatherings for 2021 and 2022. Proceeds from the spaghetti feed fund the South WhidbeyHearts & Hammers home repair and landscape care volunteer event May 6. Here is a link for more information.
David Welton took these photos to celebrate the volunteers and the guests who gathered Feb. 10:
More than 350 dinners were served. More than 50 volunteers prepared and served the food. Local grocers Goose Grocery, Payless, Clinton Food Mart, and Star Store donated food for the spaghetti feed. Restaurants and food purveyors the Greenbank Pantry; Prima Bistro; Spy Hop; Freeland Cafe; Braeburn; Pickles Deli; Village Pizzeria; Flower House Cafe; and Langley Kitchen also donated to the event.
Hearts & Hammers is the brain child of Lynn Willeford, who founded the non-profit nearly 20 years ago. While Lynn passed from life in Jan. 2021, her legacy continues on in a number of community-oriented non-profits. Hearts & Hammers began as a simple notion. Noticing that some women of her church needed help with house repair and gardening, Lynn Willeford, a self-described “serial starter-upper,” organized people to gather and help their neighbors. With initial sponsorship by the Langley United Methodist Church, Hearts and Hammers began as a pilot program in 1994 to help repair and rehabilitate homes for those who were either unable or couldn’t afford to do the work alone. The group is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit.