Season of Giving: Central “Family” Charitable Drives

Central Welding Supply and Pacific Welding Supplies’ staff members are engaged in the tradition of giving something back to the communities we serve. This is just the start of a list of Donations and Charitable Drives that are going on through the holidays!

The Auburn Food Bank

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Shelly Buol and Todd Hildebrand making the 2018 delivery to The Auburn Food Bank.

Shelly Buol, Director of Operations at Pacific Welding Supplies in Auburn, Washington is busy with her 4th annual drive for The Auburn Food Bank. The Food Bank offers relief to families and individuals that live within the Auburn School District.

auburn foodbank-boxShelly has the collection box ready and waiting for donations in the Auburn Store. In the past 3 years, donations have averaged 320 lbs. of non-perishable items.

auburn foodbank LETTER 2018-debbie ChristianExecutive Director of the food bank, Debbie Christian, was kind to share some real stories in her 2018 commendation letter. Donations gathered by Shelly, will make a difference of food on the table for someone again this year.

The Donation Box is located at Pacific Welding Supplies, Auburn, WA location for any donation of non-perishable food that you would like to donate to families in need in the Auburn School District community. THANK YOU SHELLY!

The Marysville Community Food Bank

Finley Fox

Cheryl Skipworth, Purchasing, at Central Welding Supply’s Smokey Point Warehouse and distribution center, is repeating her annual holiday drive for the Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store, in Marysville, Washington.

As an Avon representative, she manages a fundraiser where every purchase of a “Finley Fox” generates a $10 donation to the food bank. Through cash donations of $25, a Finley Fox goes on the Toy Store shelf, AND $10 goes to the food bank.

She delivered over 55 stuffed toys to the Toy Store last year. They have always been interesting characters that both boys and girls are happy to receive. The goal for this year’s drive is $600 and 60 Finley Foxes for the toy store. Donations will be collected thru November. Cheryl’s charity drive helps to put food on the table and some smiles on faces with a toy from Santa.

You can buy a Finley Fox for someone on your list to support a $10 donation to the food bank. Contact Cheryl if you’d like to donate Finley too! Thanks for Giving Back, Cheryl!

Marine Toys for Tots

MARINES-toys for tots

David Ratner, Manager, of Central Welding Supply in Wasilla, Alaska is working on his 2nd annual effort to support the Marine Toys for Tots. Central Welding Supply in Wasilla serves as a Toy Drop Box Site to help collect donations for the holiday drive.

If you would like to make a donation, stop by our Wasilla Location!

Thanks, David, for supporting the Marines Toys for Tots program, offering a place in the neighborhood to collect toys so Santa can reach more children again this year.

Sky Valley Food Bank, Monroe, WA

Left to Right: Jeromy Millette, Manager (Lynnwood), Tim Shawver, Manager (Central Cryogenics Division), and Founder, Mickey Wilton making the 2018 delivery to the food bank of ALL THE STOCKINGS stuffed by himself.

Mickey Wilton, Central Welding Founder and Chairman carries on the Longest Running annual charity drive for the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe, WA, where he lived and raised his family. The tradition was started by Diane “Mother” Wilton more than a decade ago, and is now carried on by Mickey in her memory.

Around this time EVERY year there is a major production going on at the Wilton home, where hundreds of Christmas Stockings are assembled for the Toy Store. Generally, Mickey has some help after he’s collected all the toys and treats that go into them. Though, last year he assembled them ALL BY HIMSELF.

It takes a Central Delivery Vehicle to deliver HUNDREDS that go there. NO CHILD in Monroe went without a Christmas Stocking last year that made a trip to the Sky Valley Food Bank toy store. The surplus was shared with other area food banks.

More Charities supported by members of the “Central Welding Family”

It’s no wonder that Central Welding Supply represents over 1,000 years of expert experience on staff. Sharing the spirit of giving has created a family that’s hard to leave. An earlier post highlighted a Thanksgiving Food Drive that serves inner city families through churches near the Tacoma Distribution center… the team that supports it.

Visit our Website Charitable Donations page, we will update as new drives are announced!

Here’s a short list of other charitable projects underway:


Debra Malmos, Director of Marketing, is organizing donations in support of the DVS of Snohomish County Holiday Drive. The Donation of Gift Cards and New Items will go to the Holiday Store where family members have an opportunity to shop free for one another. The donation of Gift Cards is the focus this year for DVS, as a Donation that offers empowerment to the receiver. This is the 1st Drive for DVS. Since it was introduced last week, there’s $250 in gift cards (donated by Dale Wilton).

Debra is also encouraging donations of used items to the “New and Again Thrift Store,” DVS’s gathering place for items that go directly to DV victims, and ALL other public proceeds go to help fund DVS services.

There are many ways to participate. You can take items that you might have thought were “too good” for GoodWill directly to the thrift shop. It has great reviews on Yelp. Shopping there is a donation!

New and Again Thrift Shoppe, 3010 Grand Ave, Everett, WA 98201
HOURS: Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm; Saturday from 10am-2pm.

If you have new products or gift cards you would like to donate for the DVS Holiday Store, you can contact Debra for arrangements.

Treehouse for Kids: Foster Child Support Services


Support for Treehouse for Kids has become a Central Family Project for Theresa Buchholz, Sales, Central Medical Gases, and Dad, Marshall Judy, Regional Sales Manager, Central Welding Supply. Through a Drive sponsored by a Medical Gas customer, Theresa selectswish lists for a Foster Boy and Girl. Then, they make it a family event by shopping for the donations together.

If you are part of an organization, business, or church that wants to support a Treehouse Christmas Tree, this year or in the future, where others can choose to play Santa in a very direct and personal way, visit the Volunteer page at Treehouse for Kids website. The charity may also be able to tell you where to find a tree with the names and lists of Foster Kids in need.

For the next announcements, visit the Donations and Charitable Drives page on our website. Thanks to all those who generating the holiday spirit for all of us at every location. 

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