Every year Randy and Sandi Green put a Halloween display up for their Lakeland Hills community to enjoy. Sadly, three days before Halloween last year their display was vandalized. The community banded together and donated $1500 to help rebuild the display. This year the Greens are paying that kindness forward with a food drive in honor of their friend and neighbor, Officer Diego Moreno.
Sandi Green shared in a neighborhood newsletter that meeting the Moreno family changed her and her husband’s lives forever, “you can’t pick your neighbors, but we struck gold.”
The first to meet the Morenos, Randy Green immediately called Sandi to tell her about their new neighbors. In the article, Randy Green described them as young, vibrant and beautiful people. He also recounted telling Sandi Green, “Honey, we’re in for a ride! I met our new neighbors today, and they are full of life. We had better step up our game, or we are going to end up being the old folks on the corner.”
However, with their yearly Halloween (and Christmas) displays, the Greens are far from the old folks on the corner. The community coming together proved just how much the Greens’, and their display, meant to the neighborhood. In an online announcement for the food drive, Sandi Green said, “the community outreach was nothing short of amazing.”
Honoring Diego’s Love of Food
It was neighbor Shelly Moreno that stepped up and lead fundraising efforts to help restore the spooktacular display everyone had grown to love. Remembering Shelly Moreno’s selfless generosity, the Greens are hoping their popular Halloween display will provide even more than Halloween joy.
“This year, in honor of [Shelly’s] beloved husband, Officer Diego Moreno, we are asking for your help. Diego loved his family, his friends, his life. For those who knew him also know how much he loved food :). In honor of this great man, we are hosting the 1st Annual Diego Moreno Food Drive,” Sandi Green continued in the announcement.
The 1st Annual Diego Moreno Food Drive benefits the Auburn Food Bank. Donations can be brought Halloween night during to the Greens’ home on the corner of Stuart Place SE and 62nd Dr. SE in the Lakeland Hills community. A bin will be placed out for those wishing to donate before Halloween night. If you would like to contribute but are unable to make it to the Greens’, you can make a monetary contribution that will benefit Northwest Harvest. Northwest Harvest has agreed to double all donations through October 31st.
As Officer Moreno’s call number was 2k56, the Greens’ goal for the food drive is to collect 2,056 donations of nonperishable food items. According to Northwest Harvest, Washington is the 25th hungriest state in the nation and one in five Washingtonians rely on their local food bank. Sandi Green’s announcement encouraged that “together, we’d like to change that.”