Gifts that keep on giving

November 28, 2007 at 9:53 am | In Holidays, How to help, Reader recommendations | 5 Comments

West Seattle holiday gifts ‘n’ stuff with an extra punch – plus a request for ideas from you:

poinsettia.jpgPOINSETTIAS TO HELP STUDENTS: Today’s the deadline to get orders in for the Chief Sealth High School Band fundraising poinsettia sale; full details in our original post – we just checked and they DO have some left!

BOOKS FOR WESTSIDE BABY: This Saturday, during Hometown Holidays weekend, Square 1 Books in Jefferson Square is having a unique sale — as described on the Square One blog, “Purchase any children’s book from us Dec. 1-2 for 15 percent off and we will donate the book to WestSide Baby. The books will be distributed to families in need in December.”

CALENDARS FOR CANINES: Wendy Hughes-Jelen, from the High Point K-9 Club and other endeavors, has created the 2008 IGGY Ambassadors Calendar, which she describes further: “Entitled ‘Personal images of the dogs we love, photographed by members of IGGY Ambassadors — Emerald City (Italian Greyhounds of the Northwest)’, it is a large and elegant calendar, something to be treasured by ALL dog lovers.” 16% of the price of each calendar (what’s left after printing costs & the publisher’s fee) goes to “help pay for vet bills and other costs associated with the very active Northwest Italian greyhound rescue community.” You can preview the calendar here; you can order it here.

NOW, A QUESTION FOR YOU: This came in as a WSB Reader Recommendation Request but relates to the topic of “gifts that keep on giving” — Adam e-mailed, “In lieu of giving presents, my wife and I have donated money which we might normally spend on presents to some of the many worthwhile charities. We are searching for recommendations for legitimate local charities for Iraq veterans and their families. Any reader suggestions?”


  1. Ah, poinsettias! Festive and toxic. Just like the holidays.

    Comment by Christopher Boffoli — 11:49 am November 28, 2007 #

  2. Urban legend!

    Comment by WSB — 3:22 pm November 28, 2007 #

  3. They are, however, dangerous for cats. I believe they have a low toxicity for cats, but I’m not taking any chances. I’ll enjoy my poinsettias at work.

    Comment by Sue — 3:47 pm November 28, 2007 #

  4. Adam, thanks for thinking of veterans and their families at Christmas. The USO of Puget Sound is a nonprofit that provides a lot of services to military personnel and their families in our area. If you want to learn more about USO or make a donation, you can check out their website here.

    Comment by Oliver — 9:06 pm November 28, 2007 #

  5. Adam,

    We love your altruism.
    We founded our West Seattle based company to support giving. Please visit to find thousands of charities to support and local businesses who give back (free to join if you represent a business willing to give back via transaction) Our sister site energizes more giving!!

    Comment by Scott Rudolph — 7:30 pm December 15, 2007 #

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