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Scenes from Winter Welcome Festival

At Winter Welcome Festival on January 5th, hundreds of community members gathered at Bow Lake Elementary School to welcome refugee & immigrant families to Washington. There were lots of happy faces as kids of all ages received donated gifts and took part in fun activities organized by volunteers and community organizations, including Valley View Library, Des Moines Area Food Bank, the LDS Church Seattle stake, and local Cub Scout and school groups!

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this year's Winter Welcome program a success - donors who provided gifts to 100 newcomer families and survivors of trafficking; our event-day volunteers who contributed food, activities, games, and more; and to all of the families who joined us for the annual celebration. Check out photos from the event below by Charles Bartlett, and find more joyous scenes from Winter Welcome on our Facebook page!