Posts Tagged ‘help’

Project Santa, operated each holiday season for the last 29 years under the auspices of the Whatcom Co. Sheriff’s Dept. and other local agencies, urgently needs volunteer Elves to help with:

  • Donation collection and pickup
  • Picking/Boxing donations/gifts
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Delivery of gifts

More than 300 families and 1200 children are helped during the holiday season by Project Santa, and much remains to be done between now and delivery day, December 21st! Drop-in volunteers are needed, as well. All the information you need to volunteer may be found right here.

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What: Traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Seniors.
Where: Five Columns Restaurant, 1301 E. Maple St, Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm-2:00pm, Thanksgiving Day.
Please call 676-9900 for reservations.

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Traditional Thanksgiving meals for all.
Where: Good Burger, 5962 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA (Laurel District) [map]
When: 1:00pm-5:00pm Thanksgiving Day.

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Day-after-Thanksgiving potluck with live entertainment. Admission is free to those who bring a leftover Thanksgiving dish (or something made from leftovers, presumably). All others, $5.00 cover.
Where: Green Frog Cafe & Acoustic Tavern, 902 N. State St., Bellingham, WA [map]
8:00pm, Fri. November 28

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Day after Thanksgiving Dinner
Where: Church of the Assumption Gymnasium, 2116 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm-2:00pm, Friday, Nov. 28th

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Holiday Dinner
Where: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1708 I St. [map]
When: 11:30am-1:30pm, Wed., November 26

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Thanksgiving Dinner w/live music.
Where: Old Town Cafe, 316 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 10:00am-3:00pm, Thanksgiving Day

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: “Salt on the Street”
Where: Louis Auto Glass parking lot, 1512 N. State St., Bellingham, WA [map]
When: 7:00pm- 10:00pm, Saturday, November 29

Brotherhood of Humankind

What: Thanksgiving Dinner
Where: United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington Ave., Ferndale, WA [map]
When: 12:00pm, Thanksgiving Day.

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  • What: To help make a foster kid’s holiday wish come true, bring your gift of NEW, unwrapped toys and games to any Sleep Country location and it will be matched with a foster child in need!
  • Where: Bring toys to any Sleep Country store. There are over 40 locations throughout Western Washington, including Bellingham. [store locator] [Oregon locations]
  • When: Now until December 14. See Sleep Country’s official website for more information and holiday toy suggestions.

"I'm Father Christmas, and I approve this message."

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KOMO4, KOMO 1000 AM, and the Salvation Army, partnering up at IKEA in Renton to receive donations for this state’s flood victims, paid off in a very big way. The original objective had been to fill one trailer with supplies for those impacted; by the the end of the drive at 11:00 PM, eight trailers had been filled

Outpouring of giving to help Washington flood victims

Amid all the tales of destruction and misery caused by this week’s flooding comes an amazing story of generosity from the Seattle community at large.

Wednesday, KOMO/4 put out word that it would be collecting goods and food for Western Washington flood victims. The TV folks there figured to possibly load up one semi-truck trailer worth of supplies when they started out in the morning.

What they got instead was truly overwhelming. By 8:30 Wednesday night, the effort had to be called off after eight trailer loads were collected from literally thousands of people who stopped by the Renton IKEA store to donate.

The station was planning to keep up collections through its 11 p.m. newscast, but instead was urging people to donate to the Salvation Army instead because it could no longer store all the items people had dropped off…. (read more)

Now, after a week that has been the bearer of grim news in more ways than one, we have a bright spot. Let’s nurture that bright spot, make it grow.

To donate directly to the Salvation Army, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also send a check or gift cards to:

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 9219
Seattle, WA 98109

Specify “Flood Relief.

And don’t forget the Silver Bells, and the red kettles! After all, that’s what Irving Berlin’s famous “Silver Bells” is about. Here is the 1951 movie debut (The Lemon Drop Kid) of that classic, sung by William Frawley (Fred Mertz of I Love Lucy fame), Bob Hope, and Marilyn Maxwell

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Read this. It’s important.

In the aftermath of our recent, devastating storm here in Western Washington, it is abundantly clear that the Christmas plans of thousands of individuals and families have gone on the rocks. In fact, it is probably safe to say that a whole lot of people aren’t even worrying about Christmas right now – rather, they are worrying about where they are going to go tomorrow, or next week, how they’re going to rebuild, and if things will ever get back to normal. Because it might not feel that way, at all, right now.

These people need help, right now, and they are going to need more. Particularly hard-hit is the community of Centralia, where 40% of the neighborhoods in the city are inundated. Similarly, Pe Ell, in Southwestern Washington, has been devastated.

But these are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. This state is reeling. And so is Oregon.

Here, in Bellingham, we’ve been remarkably fortunate. So let’s show some real Christmas spirit, says I – let’s all look for ways we can help.

A good place to start is a relief drive tomorrow, to be held in the parking lot of IKEA, in Renton, organized by KOMO TV, KOMO Radio 1000 and the Salvation Army. Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM, they will be taking donations to help individuals left homeless by this disaster.

Among the things needed are:

  • Tools
  • New Blankets
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Cash
  • Gift cards

For more information, a complete list of items desperately needed, and directions on how to get to the Renton IKEA, please visit the KOMO website http://www.komotv.com/news/content/12133996.html

I will be posting about further ways in which we may help with the relief effort, as new information becomes available to me, so keep checking back.

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Angry Santabot

I came across a pointed article by Carey Keavy, over at Associated Content, on the subject of taking back the holidays–

One Weird Christmas: Ditching Holiday Traditions That Bog Us Down

by Carey Keavy

“Did I remember to lock the door? Have you seen my kids lately? What color hair does my husband have? What was my name again?” What do all of these questions have in common? They all signify the ringing in of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, of course!

Along with the wholesome family traditions of the season comes the negative traditions we’ve come to know and expect…worry, busyness, stress and anxiety. Some of these traditions we’ve inherited from the examples of our parents. Some we’ve conjured up anew and all on our own. Wouldn’t attempting to shed some of these negative holiday traditions this year be the best gift to give both to yourself and those around you? (read more)

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