10/12/2020- A youth organization established in the heyday of the local lumber boom is celebrating a major milestone this week. The DAR Boys and Girls Club will mark their 105th birthday this Thursday with a drive-by parade to recognize the significant impact the program has had on the lives of countless children and teens in the community. DAR Executive Director Koreen Gardon says the celebration will also serve as an important fundraiser for the organization which leans heavily on community support to keep their doors open and programming affordable for families.

The DAR had to cancel their biggest annual fundraiser earlier this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Gardon says the pandemic has presented some financial and logistical challenges, but they’re adapting to new health and safety guidelines while still striving to foster kids’ social and emotional wellbeing and encourage growth and creativity.

The DAR has a goal of collecting 105 donations during their birthday celebration this Thursday, though Gardon says even if residents can’t make a monetary donation, they’re still encouraged to drive by the club to show their support. Contributions can also be made online at thedar.org and you can also find there a list of commonly needed items and supplies.