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Black Bear Diner donating to

Black Bear Diner will be donating 10 percent of the day’s revenue on Dec. 10 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Our entire franchise team has embraced this cause, truly epitomizing the holiday spirit,” said Black Bear Diner co-founder Bob Monley.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The foundation has granted more than 164,000 wishes in the United States since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit

Woodstone still collecting food

Woodstone Credit Union is extending their food drive through the month of December. Woodstone began collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for the Multi-Service Center Food Bank in October. Recognizing the increasing number of families now relying on the food bank for help, Woodstone extended the donation campaign through December.

“As a credit union, our commitment is to the welfare of our entire community and with the current economic situation, many families in Federal Way are turning to the food bank for help,” said Susan Streifel, president and CEO of the credit unioin. “The food drive is an excellent way for all of us in the community to help our neighbors in need during this stressful time. The response so far has been wonderful and shows that people are looking for ways to help each other.”

Donations of non-perishable food items and cash will be accepted at any Woodstone Credit Union location through Dec. 22 and will be distributed prior to Christmas. All donations of any size are welcome. Cash donations will be used by the Multi-Service Center Food Bank to purchase food items. Visit for more information on suggested donation items.

Sound Credit Union open

Sound Credit Union opened its newest branch in Federal Way on Nov. 10. The branch is located at 31908 21st Ave S, across from The Commons at Federal Way. This is Sound’s 11th full-service branch and includes drive-thru banking, drive-up ATM, safe deposit boxes and Saturday hours. Amy Allen has joined Sound Credit Union as the new Federal Way branch manager. Allen has over 15 years of banking/financial industry experience, including her most recent roles as office supervisor at Horizon Bank and operations supervisor at Washington Mutual.

Gilkey named Care Giver of the Year

Melissa Gilkey has been selected Care Giver of the Year by the Home Instead Senior Care franchise office in South King and Pierce Counties. Gilkey is being recognized for commitment and service to the older adults who are local clients. Gilkey was nominated by the staff at Home Instead Senior Care as well as her clients and peers.

“CAREGivers like Melissa are the core of our business,” said Caroline Etienne.

Home Instead Senior Care provides more than 60 different services including companionship, meal preparation, light housework, medication reminders, bathing assistance incidental transportation, errands and shopping.

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