November 11

Local holiday food, toy drives and benefits coming up

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Winter is upon us, and with it drives to help the needy.

Thornton Place retirement community is currently holding a food drive to support Northwest Harvest, which operates statewide.

The retirement center, at 337 N.E. 103rd St., writes:

We have opened our community to Northwest Harvest’s annual food drive. Northwest Harvest Food Drive collection boxes are ready to receive your donations in the following locations: apartment lobbies of Thornton North and Thornton South Buildings, the management office and the gym. The food drive ends 11/20/11. Please donate generously. There is also an option to donate $10 by texting 8 END HUNGER at 80888.

On Sunday, Dec. 4,  North Helpline is holding a Gingerbread House Decorating Party as a benefit. The food bank, at 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood.

At the party:

Every family will have a station complete with their own gingerbread house, white royal icing, and a selection of candy.

Enjoy coffee, cookies, and cocoa included in cost of event. Live holiday music and a chance to have your photo taken with Santa or your finished gingerbread house!

There are two sessions, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $35 at brownpapertickets.com or RSVP via email at events@northhelpline.

Also, the Maple Leaf Grill, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E., is again holding a toy drive for the holidays.

We’re up to our old tricks. Collecting donations of toys and clothes for Treehouse, that is. Stop by, take a gift tag off the Giving Tree, shop for one or more items listed on the tag, and return the items (unwrapped) to us by Monday, December 12th. Because every kid deserves to open presents for the holidays. If you’d prefer to make your donation online, use this link and remember to list Maple Leaf Grill in the “Donation Drive Name or Organizer” field.

Finally, remember our earlier post on the Northgate Community Center’s hat and sock drive through Dec. 7.

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