West Seattle Thanksgiving 2012: Giving gifts as well as thanks

Long before this week’s downpour brought an outpouring of help for the West Seattle encampment that calls itself Nickelsville, dozens of volunteers from the Vietnamese-American community had already planned to be there today, as they had been last Thanksgiving too. Late this morning, they were there and busy – serving hot gumbo:

… providing free haircuts:

… and giving free flu shots too:

West Seattle’s Vietnamese Cultural Center coordinated the big event again this year. Its director is Lee Bui, at center in the photo below:

The center is in its seventh year of operation and is open to the public every Saturday, noon-3 pm, at 2236 SW Orchard, across from and to the north of Delridge Home Depot.

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13 Replies to "West Seattle Thanksgiving 2012: Giving gifts as well as thanks"

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    CitizenSane November 22, 2012 (4:49 pm)

    Whoa…what an incredible display of love from a lovely people; America is a team that is so lucky to have these ‘first round draft picks’; they work so hard for themselves and their community! God bless our friends and neighbors in the V-A community!

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    SudsyMaggie November 22, 2012 (6:16 pm)

    Makes my heart sing reading this!

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    Margaret in Vashon November 22, 2012 (7:56 pm)

    Hot foot; haircuts; flu shots. Now that’s a trifecta of caring that is substantial and longlasting. THANK YOU

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    AJP November 22, 2012 (9:04 pm)

    What a wonderful thing! Thank you so much!

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    Stacy November 23, 2012 (8:02 am)

    Amazing and inspirational!

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    miws November 23, 2012 (8:23 am)

    I’m so thankful to the Vietnamese Cultural Center for once again providing this hot meal and these essential services to the folks at Nickelsville!

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    Mike

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    Steve November 23, 2012 (9:50 am)

    Wow, what a great thing. Generosity, fantastic!

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    Andre Nguyen November 23, 2012 (5:25 pm)

    Very very suprised and moved to tears, thank you all of you

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    TRAI MAI November 23, 2012 (7:24 pm)

    Mr Joe Biden , please take a look !

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    anti-obstruction November 23, 2012 (8:12 pm)

    Thank you to all who have brought true meaning to Thanksgiving.

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    Evergreen November 24, 2012 (7:05 pm)

    It made my night to read this! I love my West Seattle neighbors.

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    BeckBe November 24, 2012 (7:49 pm)

    What a great story. Now there’s something in my eye. ;-)

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    LyndaB November 24, 2012 (11:03 pm)

    Last year there was only one person cutting hair and this year brought three people out! Having seen the huge smiles after haircuts really made an impression on me. I wish I had been able to help out this year (my turn to work Thanksgiving at UWMC). Most certainly as I drove to work the early morn, I saw the sun beginning to rise and thought to myself it was going to be a great day.

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