(From left) Jan Bauer, Deena Jones, Sarah Arney and Shirley Harwell were among those who spent hours painting gingerbread cutouts to raise awareness of homelessness.

(From left) Jan Bauer, Deena Jones, Sarah Arney and Shirley Harwell were among those who spent hours painting gingerbread cutouts to raise awareness of homelessness.

Published on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 | North County Outlook by Beckye Randall

In a frigid warehouse at the Arlington Airport, volunteers from Hands Together, a coalition of faith-based and community service groups in Arlington, used paint and brushes to create a small army of gingerbread figures on Saturday morning. 

Deena Jones, pastor of the Arlington United Church and a leader of the Hands Together group, explained that the whimsical cutouts were designed to help create awareness of the 125 or so students in the Arlington School District who are homeless. 

“When we think of the homeless, many picture the adult men that we see around town,” said Jones. “But 126 students in our district are listed as homeless, so the problem definitely impacts families.”  To read more:  Art project focuses on homeless children :: North County News for Marysville WA and North Snohomish County.