Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lady Washington Invites Donations for GH Food Bank

The Lady Washington is inviting Grays Harbor residents to make donations to an annual holiday food drive when the ship returns to its home port this month. The Lady Washington is scheduled to arrive at Westport Dec. 14 after an 11-week voyage on the Columbia River. On Dec. 16, members of the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority board of directors will accept donations for Coastal Harvest, formerly the Grays Harbor Food Bank, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the ship’s berth in the Westport Marina.

On Dec. 17, Lady Washington will sail for Aberdeen Landing, 701 East Heron Street in Aberdeen. On Dec. 18, GHHSA board members will again invite donations on behalf of Coastal Harvest from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The ship will accept non-perishable food items, winter clothing for children and adults, infant diapers and formula, and other donations for needy families.

“Coastal Harvest is doing incredible work during these difficult times,” said GHHSA executive director Les Bolton. “We hope Lady Washington will be a visible focal point to help encourage our neighbors to donate.”

The Lady Washington has also scheduled walk-on tours and public sailings in December before it shuts down to replace its main engine and attend to some rigging restoration projects.

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