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Snohomish Pie Co. donates thousands to hurricane relief

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Thousands of people came to the Snohomish Pie Co. on Thursday, Aug. 31.

SNOHOMISH — People lined First Street Thursday, Aug. 31 to provide a slice of a large-scale donation headed to Hurricane Harvey victims.
The Snohomish Pie Co. donated 100 percent of its proceeds that
day to a church in Rosenberg, Texas outside of Houston that acts as a distribution hub for Harvey victims, shop owner Jenny Brien said.
The Snohomish shop sold out of 50 whole pies within its first two hours that morning. The company’s Mountlake Terrace shop was not far behind, and the company’s booth at the Evergreen State Fair also was selling well.
At noon, the combined effort had raised more than $5,500. By the end of the day, the grand total was $11,827.36 in sales and donations.
Bickford Motors let them borrow a box truck for material donations such as water bottles, cleaning supplies and baby supplies.
All of it will be collected together for a donation drive with the nonprofit Provide Hope and with the Rock Church in Monroe, which are sending a semi-truck down to Texas. Part of the money raised will help fuel the truck.
The drive was a spur-of-the-moment idea which she said she thought of the night before which spread quickly. More than 65,000 people saw a Facebook post about the fundraiser. A Navy sailor out at sea, for example, donated $100, Brien said.
“I’m standing here and almost tearing up,” customer Sue Baxter said, impressed by the turnout. “This is why I love Snohomish — it’s such a cool town, period.”
Brien said that morning she was hoping the one-day driver raises $6,000 to $7,000. The effort raised almost double.
“When I saw (Hurricane Harvey’s devastation), as a business owner there’s no way I could sit back and not help,” Brien said.
She sees giving back as reciprocal.
The community came together to help her family when both of her parents died in a plane crash 17 years ago while Brien was a 16-year-old in high school. The community’s love left a lasting impression.
People from across the region came to the pie shop.
Brien was breathless over the public response to Thursday’s drive.
“It’s really cool — it’s such a small community, I’m proud,” Brien said. “It’s really rad.”


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