Editor’s note: This is the fifth part of a month-long series that focuses on homelessness on the Eastside.
It took three days, a nine-hour bus trip, thousands of dollars out of her own pocket and every scrap of vacation time she had for Bridle Trails resident Jennifer DeVault to travel to a ship off the shore of Madagascar on which she and others change lives. But the result was worth the journey, she said.
Despite the growing problem of drug addiction regionally and statewide and differing funding recommendations, Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Legislature completely halted all state funding for drug task forces, leading to the demise of the Eastside Narcotics Task Force.
Deep in concentration, Redmond’s Alexis Hwa carefully copies the practice letter she had written at home to Santa, asking for a bunny for Christmas. Placed on her small shoulders was the task of kicking off Macy’s eighth annual Believe campaign benefitting Make-A-Wish this year with her letter to Santa Claus, and she wanted to make sure every word was spelled correctly.