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!

Help the Helpline fill its food pantry for neighbors in need

Back in August, we put out the call for men’s clothing for the Queen Anne Helpline’s clothing bank. The Helpline was in desperate need for men’s clothing and the response was fantastic (thanks, readers!).

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-10-16-09-amNow, the Helpline needs your help again, this time to help fill its pantry shelves. The Helpline needs food to stock its emergency food shelves and take-home food bags for neighbors in need. The Helpline keeps these shelves stocked with non-perishable food items, so items that are shelf-stable are ideal.

Specifically, they need: peanut butter, crackers (packaged in sleeves, like Ritz or Saltines), individual serving juice and milk boxes, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.), pasta sauce, granola bars, and fruit /applesauce cups. Any other non-perishable foods are welcome as well. Help fill the near-empty shelves!

Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. However, please call 206.282.1540 first to make sure a Helpline staff member or volunteer is available to accept your donations.

Help the Queen Anne Helpline fill its clothing shelves

Helpline logoThe Queen Anne Helpline needs your help! The clothing bank is running low on men’s clothing, so check your closets for donation items and help out the Helpline and the neighbors in need that it serves.

This summer, the demand for men’s clothing has been unusually high, and the shelves are near bare – see the photo below from the Helpline, it needs your help!

Queen Anne Helpline mens shelves

The Helpline gladly accepts any and all gently used, clean adult clothing and shoes, but are especially in need of the following for men:

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Jeans (high need)

Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. However, please call 206.282.1540 first to make sure a Helpline staff member or volunteer is available to accept your donations.

Register now for the annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk

IMG_2128In just two and a half weeks, 600+ runners and walkers will hit the streets of Queen Anne for a morning fun run/walk that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. The annual run is Saturday, July 9th, with a race start of 8am sharp.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to tackle the scenic Crown of Queen Anne course, and a bonus – the views along the route are worth it! From quiet tree-lined streets, to views of the Sound and Elliott Bay, to iconic Kerry Park, and more, the Crown of Queen Anne is popular even on non-race days.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 12.26.25 PMRegistration fees are $35 for adults and $10 for kids, and all registrants get a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit our local Queen Anne Helpline with its mission of helping neighbors in need.

Register today to run or walk the course or volunteer to help with the race logistics. Volunteers are needed for both event registration and day-of-race activities.

This particular event is a true hallmark of summer on Queen Anne, and it also kicks off Queen Anne Days – more to come on the latter soon. For now, get registered and mark your calendars!

Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens Saturday, November 28th

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t go out and buy your Christmas tree before the Thanksgiving holiday! First, celebrate a meal with your family and then make plans to head to the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens Saturday, November 28th, and it’s run by local volunteers and Boy Scout Troop 72.

The lot will be located in the Upper Queen Anne Safeway’s north parking lot, and will be open November 28th – December 20th. Hours are as follows:

Saturdays: 9am-9pm
Sundays: 9am-8pm, 9am-6pm on December 20th
Mondays-Thursdays: 2pm-8pm
Fridays: 2pm-9pm

As always, the tree lot will feature a variety of Christmas trees, as well as garland and wreaths. All your holiday greenery in one spot, and proceeds benefit the Helpline!

Also, if you’re looking for a way to help the Helpline, there’s one volunteer cashier position still open on Saturday, December 19th. You can sign up here for that slot – first come, first served!

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