Queen Anne Helpline’s Holiday Groceries for Families: pick up extras while you shop this week!

Helpline logoFollowing the success of its Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors program, the Queen Anne Helpline is launching a new program for at-risk families with children. The Helpline aims to deliver 100 holiday food bags to local families via its new Holiday Groceries for Families program.

While you’re out shopping this week for Thanksgiving groceries, consider signing up to volunteer for the program. The Helpline has provided a list of non-perishable food items for the program, all you have to do is sign up, pick out the grocery items, and drop them by the Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St.

Pre-qualified families can pick up the groceries between December 1st and December 22nd, so getting the groceries to the Helpline in the week following Thanksgiving is key.

A gift card for purchasing perishables such as dairy, meat and produce will be included in each grocery bag. The Helpline needs donors and volunteers to provide food and/or pack the bags – all you need to do is sign up here.

If you have questions, you can call the Helpline at 206-282-1540, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, or visit their website. Thanks for helping the Helpline!

Queen Anne Helpline’s Thanksgiving for Seniors volunteer program is back

Helpline logoThanksgiving is next Thursday, it’ll be here before you know it. As you plan your holiday grocery shopping, you can also help local seniors enjoy the holiday, thanks to the Queen Anne Helpline and its partnership with All Saint’s Church. Following on the success of last year’s Thanksgiving for Seniors, the Helpline is repeating the program and seeking both donations and volunteers to make it a success.

Via the program, low-income seniors in Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union can sign up to have a bag of groceries delivered to their door the day before Thanksgiving.

You can donate specified food items from the Queen Anne Helpline’s list or volunteer to pack grocery bags or deliver groceries to local seniors.

Go to this site today to sign up, slots are filling up fast!

Help the Queen Anne Food Bank with Krav Maga Seattle’s 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive

KMS QAFBKrav Maga Seattle has kicked off its 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive, running through Thanksgiving day, November 24th. This year, Krav Maga’s goal is to donate 2,000 food and hygiene items to the Queen Anne Food Bank.

Krav Maga Seattle (KMS) is offering a few incentives including a raffle for a $100 KMS Store certificate for anyone who donates, and one week of free classes for new KMS students who donate 8 or more of the most needed items. If the studio hits its goal, Head Instructor Chau Le will lead a series of weapons defense classes open to all members who donated to the food drive.

See the list below for the most-needed items:

– Canned Chili
– Canned Meat
– Canned Soup
– Canned Fruit
– Granola Bars / Energy Bars / Trail Mix
– Cold Cereal
– Jam / Jelly / Preserves
– Condiments (Mayo, Mustard, etc.)
– Hygiene Items (Deodorant, Toothpaste, Razors, TP, Feminine Hygiene, etc.)

Thanks to Krav Maga Seattle for giving back to the Queen Anne community!

The Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive needs more coats!

Helpline logoThe third annual Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline is halfway over – but unfortunately, the goal is still a long way away. We first posted on the Coat Drive at the beginning of the month, so consider this a gentle reminder if you have coats or jackets to donate.

qa-helpline-coat-driveThis coat drive comes at a critical time, as the Queen Anne Helpline is in desperate need of coats. The weather has certainly turned a corner and we’re firmly in our cool Autumn days and even cooler nights. A gently used coat would be welcomed by many in our community who are in need of assistance.

It’s easy to donate, just drop your new or gently used coats in the bin at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) through the end of October. And, if you happen to find yourself in Magnolia, there’s a donation bin in the Magnolia Umpqua Bank as well.

As always, thank you in advance for helping the Helpline!

Third annual coat drive for the Queen Anne Helpline begins today

qa-helpline-coat-driveDuring the entire month of October, you can donate new or gently used coats for the Queen Anne Helpline at Umpqua Bank. It’s the third year for this coat drive led by Queen Anne resident Stephanie Kastner.

Last year, the Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline resulted in over 160 donated coats. This year, the goal is to break that record – and you can help!

Drop off new and gently used coats at the collection bin at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N), or, if you happen to be in Magnolia, at the Magnolia Umqua Bank (2236 32nd Ave W). Stephanie will also have collection bin at the Queen Anne Farmers Market on both October 6th and October 13th from 3pm-7pm (market hours).

Thanks to Stephanie Kastner for running the coat drive for the 3rd year in a row, and thanks in advance to all who donate coats this October!

Simple & Just opens Saturday with a grand opening celebration

simple-just-openingBack in early August, we wrote about Simple & Just and how it’s bringing high-end resale to Queen Anne. It’s more than just a boutique thrift shop though, as its profits go to a good cause.

Simple & Just is a nonprofit that helps women and children who are victims of exploitation and trafficking. 100% of its profits will go to supporting after-care efforts. It also offers sustainable funding to several organizations that offer collaborative after-care.

simple-just-exteriorThis week, Simple & Just opens its doors to shoppers. A Grand Opening is set for Saturday, October 1st, from 10am to 6pm. In addition to great clothing finds, the shop will also have surprises every hour from opening to close.

Stop by our newest shop and nonprofit this Saturday to welcome them to the neighborhood. You can find Simple & Just in the old Video Isle location (it’s had a nice makeover) at 2213 Queen Anne Ave N.