Letters to the Editor

An evening at The Center will help kids in poverty

Excellent, informative editorial in the Dec. 16 Olympian about helping children escape a life of extreme poverty.

Here in Thurston and Mason counties, there is a way for you to help these kids. Each year Entertainment Explosion – a 501c3 non-profit group of senior entertainers ages 50-86 – hosts a benefit concert for homeless and needy kids in our community. A Really Big Shoe 9 will be staged Sunday, March 8, 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Center. Every penny raised – over $184,000 in eight years – goes to the homeless and needy student funds in eight local school districts and to Community Youth Services.

The school fund coordinators use the money to help homeless and needy kids with shoes, clothes, food, housing, school supplies, or whatever they deem appropriate for each individual child who comes to them. One district recently used some of the money to buy shower/bathroom passes for a family living in a non-state campground with no such facilities.

The latest numbers from OSPI show just over 2,000 children are labeled homeless in these districts, plus many more served by CYS. If you can’t make it to this year’s Rockin’ to the Jukebox 1950-1985 show, you can still make an online donation by going to www.EntertainmentExplosion.org. Just scroll down and click on the donate button. The kids will thank you!

Scott Schoengarth