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Come to Wednesday's Summer Social in the park (and bring a couple cans of food)

July 29th, 2014 by Mike

The 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social kicks off Wednesday, running from 7 -9 p.m.

This year, it’s back in the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (the playground area of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park).

That means sprinklers probably won’t interrupt the fun. This time.

This year, also bring along a can or two for the North Helpline food bank, which will have a table at the social, as will North East Seattle Together.

We’ll be there, too.

For more information on what to bring to the food bank, click here.

For more information about the social, try the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park Facebook page.

The playground is at Northeast 83rd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Come to Wednesday’s Summer Social in the park (and bring a couple cans of food)

July 29th, 2014 by Mike

The 19th Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social kicks off Wednesday, running from 7 -9 p.m.

This year, it’s back in the Maple Leaf Family Terrace (the playground area of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park).

That means sprinklers probably won’t interrupt the fun. This time.

This year, also bring along a can or two for the North Helpline food bank, which will have a table at the social, as will North East Seattle Together.

We’ll be there, too.

For more information on what to bring to the food bank, click here.

For more information about the social, try the Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park Facebook page.

The playground is at Northeast 83rd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Thanksgiving over, North Helplink food bank in "worst" financial shape, urgently needs donations

November 27th, 2012 by Mike

The turkey drive at North Helpline, a food bank that serves north Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, was a huge success this year. But the food bank and social service center still needs help.

“North Helpline is unfortunately suffering the worst financial condition in its history,”  North Helpline says in its current newsletter.

With the instability of our local and national economy, many of the corporations and foundations who normally provide us with financial assistance have severely cut back on their giving programs. In some cases, foundations who once provided large annual gifts are postponing for two to three years before we can re-apply. This has seriously impacted our fiscal planning.

Last year the food bank saw a 63 percent increase in needy families, while at the same time losing donations. You can help the organization, at 13000 Lake City Way N.E. Learn more at their website.

As for those turkeys?

We are pleased to report our annual Thanksgiving turkey drive at Fred Meyer last Friday through Sunday was a roaring success! We blew our numbers from last year out of the water, with 170 turkeys collected and over 4,000 pounds of food donated. We want to thank our 50+ volunteers who braved the stormy weather for hours on their weekend—they were the key to our success.

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Thanksgiving over, North Helplink food bank in “worst” financial shape, urgently needs donations

November 27th, 2012 by Mike

The turkey drive at North Helpline, a food bank that serves north Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, was a huge success this year. But the food bank and social service center still needs help.

“North Helpline is unfortunately suffering the worst financial condition in its history,”  North Helpline says in its current newsletter.

With the instability of our local and national economy, many of the corporations and foundations who normally provide us with financial assistance have severely cut back on their giving programs. In some cases, foundations who once provided large annual gifts are postponing for two to three years before we can re-apply. This has seriously impacted our fiscal planning.

Last year the food bank saw a 63 percent increase in needy families, while at the same time losing donations. You can help the organization, at 13000 Lake City Way N.E. Learn more at their website.

As for those turkeys?

We are pleased to report our annual Thanksgiving turkey drive at Fred Meyer last Friday through Sunday was a roaring success! We blew our numbers from last year out of the water, with 170 turkeys collected and over 4,000 pounds of food donated. We want to thank our 50+ volunteers who braved the stormy weather for hours on their weekend—they were the key to our success.

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North food bank needs Thanksgiving turkeys, cash

November 14th, 2012 by Mike

Here’s a seasonal plea: “We need your turkeys!”

Last Thanksgiving North Helpline, the food bank that serves northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, served over 6,500 needy neighbors in the weeks leading up to Turkey Day.

They were helped by the Lake City Fred Meyer, which hosted a Turkey Drive last year and will do so again this weekend. They are across the street from the food bank, whose address is 13000 Lake City Way N.E.

This year’s drive is this weekend.

Be sure to take advantage of our collaboration with Lake City Fred Meyer for a “fill the truck” turkey drive on Friday November 16, Saturday November 17, and Sunday November 18th.

Drive hours are are Friday 12 noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11a.m. to 4.m. Get a coupon from a food bank volunteer at Fred Meyer and get a free turkey if you purchase $150 worth of goods, or a reduced price on a turkey if you purchase $100 worth or $50.

You can also drop donated turkeys off at the food bank Tuesday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We also need funds! With our local economy struggling, donations of all kinds have been extremely low. Your contribution can make a huge difference for those in need. Donations can be made via our website.

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Recycle your electronics today to benefit North Helpline

April 14th, 2012 by Mike

Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is North Helpline’s spring electronics recycling event, benefiting non-profits like the food bank that serves northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Anything metal, or with a plug (electronics and appliances) can be recycled, and there will be a van on site for secure and safe document shredding. We will even have limited curbside pickup available with prior arrangement for a nominal fee.

The event is free, although donations are accepted. It’s being held at Lake City Christian Church, 1933 N.E. 125th St.

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Area food bank donations down by 31 percent

December 14th, 2011 by Mike

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn went to the North Helpline food bank this morning to donate food and to ask for public support of the area’s food banks, where need is up 30 percent but donations down by 31 percent in the last four years, according to a report to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“As the holidays approach the need is especially acute,” said McGinn. “But food banks and food programs need your help throughout the year.”

North Helpline, at 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., serves much of north Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and Viewridge.

The most needed items include protein (canned tuna, chicken, peanut butter), canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, grains (pasta, rice, macaroni), meals in a can (canned stews, chili), soups (beef stew, chili, chicken noodle,), and multigrain cereal (Cheerios, Cornflakes, Grapenuts, Raisin Bran).

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North Helpline, Fred Meyer hold turkey drive Friday, Saturday

November 17th, 2011 by Mike

We’ve already told you that North Helpline, a food bank that serves our area, is holding a benefit in early December.

Now it’s teamed up with Fred Meyer, across the street from the food bank offices at 13000 Lake City Way N.E., for a turkey drive.

From North Helpline:

We will be onsite at the store collecting donated turkeys on

Friday the 18th – noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday the 19th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AND FRED MEYERS IS KICKING IT ALL OFF BY DONATING THE FIRST $500WORTH OF TURKEYS!!!!

North Helpline sees over 850 families each week and we need your help to make sure every table has a turkey this year.

North Helpline is a 501 (c) 3 organization.Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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Local holiday food, toy drives and benefits coming up

November 11th, 2011 by Mike

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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Great deals for 12 hours at Wedgwood Safeway

August 27th, 2011 by Mike

Free peanut butter! Free eggs! Free apple juice! (Minimum purchase required.) Today only!

The newly renovated Wedgwood Safeway, at 7340 35th Ave. N.E., is offering great deals all day today, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to celebrate its expansion.

The celebration is similar to the one held when the Pinehurst Safeway reopened last November.

So stop by the Wedgwood store, pick up a coupon book and a flier at the door and start shopping. (Don’t miss the Tillamook cheese, usually $7 a brick, today two for $5.)

Also by the door is a donation bin for the North Helpline food bank. Pick up something and donate.

Budget cuts have hit North Helpline hard. In a letter to donors this month, Amy Besunder, executive director, notes:

Our client base has nearly doubled over the course of the last two years. Every week we see new faces and every week we monitor the decline in our food stocks. We have walked out to a nearly empty warehouse following food distribution and wondered how we will serve our clients the following week.

But, thanks to your donations, we keep on going!

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