Members of Yelm-based nonprofit Party For a Purpose and McKenna Elementary Principal Kari Martin and counselor Myrna Porter, pose with frozen turkeys the nonprofit recently donated to the school for its annual Turkey Bingo, which took place on Nov. 22.

Yelm-based nonprofit Party For a Purpose stepped in at the last minute to help McKenna Elementary with a donation of 40 turkeys and a $225 gift card for its annual Turkey Bingo. 

Last Thursday, Nov. 21, nonprofit President Scotty Brown and board members Line Critchfield and Tad Stillwell carted the donated items to the school just one day before the event. 

Brown said they simply saw a need when the school’s big donor dropped out suddenly, so they stepped up.


Principal Kari Martin stands next to the items donated by staff and local families for Turkey Bingo. Staff say they’ve raised a large amount more than they have in recent years for the event.

“We feel blessed with their generosity,” Martin said. 

During Turkey Bingo, families earn donated perishable food and turkeys through an evening of fun games. 

Principal Keri Martin said the program last year helped feed 60 families. 

Brown said the donation wouldn’t be possible without the help of local businesses, which include Tad Stillwell of Farmers Insurance Group, Ken McCulloch of American Family Insurance, Daniel Nicholson of D Zines, Jennifer Ferguson of Ferguson Insurance Services, Daniel Crowe and Molly Carmody of Crowe Law Office, Rosina Newton of Shear Purrfection Grooming, Line Critchfield of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce and Stephanie Kangiser of Bliss Experience. 

“One thing that’s unique about our community is that there is no end to the giving. The unfortunate thing is that there’s also no end to the need,” Brown said. 


Party For a Purpose chairs Scotty Brown, Line Critchfield and Tad Stillwell unload 40 turkeys from Brown’s car Thursday that were purchased for McKenna Elementary’s annual Turkey Bingo event, which helps feed families through fun games of bingo.

Their donation, along with a large contribution from McKenna Elementary staff and local parents, is expected to feed around 100 families this year. 

“We were worried that we’d have to cancel when our big donor fell through, but they stepped up,” said counselor Myrna Porter. 

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