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Seattle-Area Families Support Their Neighbors and Spread Kindness During Quarantine

From teddy bears to snack pantries, five inspiring family stories

Published on: April 20, 2020

Seattle-Area Families Support Their Neighbors and Spread Kindness During Quarantine

goodie cart for delivery drivers
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Snacks and drinks set out for delivery drivers. Photo credit: Maria Varchetto

Snacks for delivery drivers

From the camera on her front porch, Maria Varchetto can see delivery drivers stop at her door, look down, read her sign, then dig around the goodie cart she has parked outside.

Here’s what the sign says: “To all the hard-working people delivering our packages, thank you for busting your asses! You delivering our packages means we can stay home and be safe. Please help yourself to a drink and a snack. Drive safe, stay safe.”

Varchetto set out an array of bottled water, fizzy drinks, granola bars, beef jerky — all sprayed down with Lysol. She hasn’t left her house in more than four weeks.

Delivery trucks drive down her street in Lynnwood six to 10 times a day, she said. And she lives on a dead-end street with only three houses. You’d think there would be a more efficient way to group Amazon deliveries, but apparently no.

“I’m just so grateful for these people delivering to us because it means my kids and I don't have to leave,” said Varchetto, who has 21-month-old twins.

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