“Operation Happy Holidays” shows true spirit of the season

Amanda FloecknerNews

Allie Perez, Anacortes High School sophomore, wrote an article for the school paper The Seahawk, about the “Real Heroes of the Holidays” – nurses, firefighters and other public-safety workers. She and friend Helena Pleet, AHS junior, decided to do something to appreciate these dedicated community members and created “Operation Happy Holidays”. The two students contacted friends to get involved and, together, they baked and assembled hundreds of goody bags of baked treats and cards they have delivered to Island Hospital and the Anacortes Police and Fire departments. Allie (right) and Helena present the holiday goodies to IH Community Relations Director Dennis Richards on behalf of IH staff that are working the upcoming holidays.