Burien Bartells & KOMO Radio Team Up For Salvation Army


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Story & Photos by Janet Grella

On Wednesday Dec. 10th, I left the BTB offices on 10th SW to visit the Digital Print Center at Bartell Drugs in their new location in Burien. I had already been schooled on how to make my own custom-made Christmas cards by a very knowledgeable associate the day before.

I was delighted to find the Salvation Army and KOMO 1000 News collecting new toys outside of the Burien Bartells location:

Jennifer Kupka, Bartell Drugs Advertising/Marketing Manager, Bill Yeend, KOMO AM morning News Anchor, Major Kathy Sargent, Salvation Army showing off some of the gifts collected at Bartell Drugs in Burien.

Jennifer Kupka, Bartell Drugs Advertising/Marketing Manager, Bill Yeend, KOMO AM morning News Anchor and Major Kathy Sargent of The Salvation Army show off some of the gifts collected at Bartell Drugs in Burien.

After designing our Christmas card, I conducted an interview with Bartell’s Ad and Marketing Manager Jennifer Kupka and Major Kathy Sargent of the Salvation Army.  I learned that this is the sixth year that Bartell Drugs has teamed with a number of media outlets and the ‘Army’ to collect Toys for the Giving Tree.

How exciting it was to have KOMO 1000 News’ tent outside of Burien’s very own Bartells, mostly because it was the only Baretells location selected for the massive toy drive by KOMO and the Salvation Army.  All 50+ Bartell locations are collecting toys, however.

In an all-day event in front of Bartells, by 4:30pm, three large barrels had been collected, and the fourth was filled to capacity.  Plus there were cash donations in the familiar red bucket. Also collecting toys and cash were KOMO’s Morning News Anchor Bill Yeend and Account Executive Barbara Ross.

According to www.bartellsdrugs.com, the Salvation Army Toy ‘N’ Joy Giving Tree takes place from Nov. 20th to Dec. 17th, where Bartell Drugs has teamed up with the Salvation Army to collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children from age 0-17.  The collected toys, according to Major Kathy Sargent of the Salvation Army, will be distributed in the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouse,” held at Qwest Exhibition Center on December 18 from 9AM to 6PM.  Parents/guardians of children who have signed up will be able to go shopping to select gifts for their children.

Bartells wants to thank all of their customers for helping put smiles on over 3,000 children’s faces at Christmas time.

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