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St. Catherine's students gathering, delivering full Thanksgiving dinners

November 18th, 2012 by master

There are plenty of ways to help out this holiday season, but at least one food drive will also help Maple Leaf youngsters understand the importance of giving back.

Seventh- and eighth-graders collect food for “Three Weeks of Giving”/Courtesy St. Catherine Parish School

Stephanie Gravenkemper, development director at St. Catherine Parish School, explains the service project the Maple Leaf school’s K-8 students are now in the midst of:

Currently we are working on our “Three Weeks of Giving” campaign together with St. Vincent de Paul to help feed the homeless and less fortunate on Thanksgiving.  Each class is assigned an item to bring in and it changes every week, for 3 weeks. (For example 2nd grade is bringing in cream of mushroom soup this week, boxed mashed potatoes next week).  Throughout all grades, we are able to assemble  packages for the less fortunate to create full Thanksgiving dinners and we deliver them.  We also collect toiletries items as well; toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, band aids, shampoo, etc to give away at the same time.

We are proud of how we give back to our community!

Want to help out? Just drop your contributions off at the front office of the school of 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E. Gravenkemper adds:

I would love to thank them personally if I am there!  So if they ask for me that would be great!

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Help the post office Stamp Out Hunger tomorrow

May 13th, 2011 by master

Did you get your Stamp Out Hunger bag from your postal carrier last week? Tomorrow, May 14, is the big day, so don’t forget to put out a bag of nonperishable foods if you’re able.

And remember, only donate items like canned meats, fish, soup, vegetables; bottled juice, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.

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Kids decorate more than 300 bags for homeless

November 25th, 2010 by master

Photos from Renee Staton and George Allen.

In an effort to help welcome two new homeless camps to the Northeast Seattle community, students at  St. Catherine of Siena Parish School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., decorated more than 300 bags that community members helped fill with food on Wednesday night.

Volunteers today are passing out the food bags, along with more than 400 blankets that students have gathered, and wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to members of Nickelsville, which recently moved to a former Lake City fire station at 2806 N.E. 127th St. They also plan to visit Tent City 3, which now is located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, but will be relocating Saturday to Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, located at 10005 32nd Ave. N.E. in nearby Meadowbrook.

You can read more about the effort on KPLU, and a big thank you to Renee Staton and George Allen for all of their organization efforts.

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Saturday is your chance to Stamp Out Hunger

May 6th, 2010 by master

Although you likely received notification from the U.S. Postal Service about its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, we wanted to make sure you don’t forget to put out nonperishable foods for your letter carrier Saturday if you want to participate.

The food will be delivered to local food banks such as North Helpline, which helps families in North Seattle from its Lake City location at 12736 33rd Ave. N.E.

The Postal Service asks that you donate items such as canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice, but make sure they’re not expired and that they’re not in glass containers. And be sure to get your donation out to the mailbox before your letter carrier arrives.

If you’re interested in more ways to give back to North Helpline, you’re invited to stop by at 4 tonight as it unveils its new front window gallery as a kickoff for its new Thursday night food bank.

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Food bank needs immediate assistance

March 17th, 2010 by Mike

“The cupboard is bare, and we need your help.” That’s the urgent plea this week from Lynda Locke at North Helpline.

“North Helpline, the food bank that helps people in the northeast corner of King County, is running out of food. We would appreciate any food donations you could make.” Locke is especially looking for businesses that could host a food barrel for donations.

This is not the “usual” seasonal request from a food bank. North Helpline had to order food from a wholesaler last week. “You would be shocked to see how empty the middle of the room is,” Locke said.

It’s not that people aren’t giving. Donations to the food bank are up 15 percent over last year. The problem is that clients using the food bank are up over 37 percent. “So it’s going out faster than it’s coming in,” Locke said.

The food bank, which is across the street from the Fred Meyer on Lake City Way Northeast, serves 700 families a week. Locke is trying to put more donation barrels out in the community. Cloud City Coffee, on Roosevelt Way Northeast at 88th Avenue Northeast, is a longtime barrel host, as is the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

Locke said Cafe Javasti, at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 84th Street, will have a donation barrel next week. Anybody know of other businesses that could help?

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