In the heart of The Junction right now – southwest corner of California and Alaska – that’s WS4OSO (West Seattle for Oso) benefit founder Tracy Dart at center, with a squad of friends helping collect donations for mudslide relief, one of more than 40 places you can join in the benefit today. Look for flyers, collection boxes, A-boards all showing the different ways you can pitch in. Tracy mentioned a “wish tree” just up the block at CAPERS, so we headed there next:
You can write a wish on a ribbon or card, and drop a donation in a box beneath the tree. From there, we headed north to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), for the special WS4OSO caramel/raspberry latté:
Full purchase price goes to slide relief. Outside Hotwire, the LikaLove and Fashion Bar trucks are in the courtyard (same place you see West Seattle Outdoor Movies in the summer), donating a percentage of sales:
A few doors up at Cherry Consignment, check out Cherry’s West Seattle T-shirts, with $10 from each shirt sold today going to help Oso.
ADDED 1:21 PM: At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), it’s a 2-part stop. Click! is donating a percentage of proceeds, and also hosting local artist Stephanie Hargrave, who has a personal stake in this:
Stephanie and her mom are the previous owners of smallclothes here in West Seattle. Her mom’s now retired. Her mom and dad lost their retirement cabin in the slide. No loss of life in their family, thankfully, but a loss nonetheless. Stephanie is donating all of her sales today – and Click! co-proprietor John Smersh said that had totaled more than $2,500 by the time we stopped in a little while ago. We’re hearing reports of generosity from all over – keep it coming!
ADDED 2:43 PM: On the WS4OSO page, there’s word the corner collections from 10-2 brought in more than $1,500. Meantime, we stopped in at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), where they’re donating $10 for every pair of shoes sold today. Co-proprietor Tim McConnell is wearing a temporarily customized T-shirt:
P.S. WSR celebrates its fourth anniversary next weekend!
More to come, and watch for updates on the official WS4OSO page, too.
ADDED 4:18 PM: One last stop for us – Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor), which is donating its proceeds until 6 pm. When there was a (very) brief lull in the line at the front counter, we asked Kayla and Brynn to pose:
The sun was out at the time (clouds now are heading back in as we type) and it was lovely on the Marination ma kai patio. But they have indoor seating too.