Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with caroling, food, family and fun

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Fundraiser for Tacoma Adventist Community Services food bank features performances by area choral groups

The folks at Tacoma Adventist Community Services food bank (TACS) are getting into the Christmas spirit with an evening of caroling and sing-alongs, food, activities for children and family fun. Hosted by Tacoma Central SDA Church, 1301 S. Baltimore, from 6-9 p.m., this community fundraiser will feature the beautiful sounds of church choirs singing Christmas favorites.

Among the performers will be Geneva Martin of Mt. Tahoma SDA Tacoma.

With Henry Jenkins of Emerald City SDA Church as MC, performers scheduled are:

  • The Right Blend of Breath of Life SDA in West Seattle
  • Les Chanticleers of Puget Sound SDA Churches
  • Corky Stebbins of South Tacoma Adventist Fellowship
  • Geneva Martin of Mt. Tahoma SDA Tacoma
  • Pastor Brent Kimura of Tacoma Central SDA Church
  • Elements of Grace of Emerald City Community SDA Church

TACS board member Nelson Miles said he and the TACS staff look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at this annual fundraiser. “It has to be community because this is who we’re serving. This is what it has always been about and what it should be about.”

Funds raised at the event will go toward quality food supplies and long overdue maintenance of the TACS building at 3108 Portland Ave. E. The roof leaks, plaster is falling off the walls, wood is rotting, the plumbing leaks, the electrical system needs updating, the walk-in freezer and refrigerator break down… The list of repair needs is long. 

“The building is holding on, but it needs work,” Miles said.

This year, TACS celebrates its 38thyear as the city’s one and only special dietary needs food bank. Serving 19,000 Pierce County families a year with about 40,000 pounds of food a week, TACS is a lifeline for people who depend on receiving nutritious foods that are within their restricted diets. A wide range of foods is provided including fresh vegetables and fruits, canned goods, eggs, poultry, fish, beef, lamb, and even Ensure for balanced nutrition and Glucerna to help with blood sugar management.

TACS started out as a little food bank open one day a week working with Emergency Food Network. After receiving a $5,000 grant from the Diabetes Association of Pierce County to help homeless diabetics, TACS grew and grew.

“That first year we saw maybe 50 people the whole year, but word spread and we got calls from people with cancer and heart disease that weren’t getting the foods they needed at other food banks,” said TACS Executive Director Leslie Badgley. TACS broadened its focus and became a special dietary needs food bank. 

Partnering with Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, Emergency Food Network and area grocery stores, TACS remains unique in its mission to provide diet-appropriate foods to people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer and those on dialysis.

To add your support to TACS, buy tickets now for the Dec. 14 Christmas event, $10 each: text (253) 230-9481. Cash and food donations are also warmly welcomed.

Learn more about TACS, what it does for the community and its need for building repairs at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqYlFkR7ZJo.

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