Happening now: WS4OSO benefit all around West Seattle

March 30, 2014 at 12:33 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

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.

7 Comments

  1. Had dinner at Angelina’s and the place was packed!

    Comment by sc — 7:31 pm March 30, 2014 #

  2. Well done West Seattle—once again we show our community’s compassion for others.

    Tracy…thank you for coordinating this our pouring of support in the matter of just a few days.

    Comment by Teri Ensley — 7:37 pm March 30, 2014 #

  3. Tracy Dart = Amazing Awesome Human. West Seattle is lucky to have her!

    Comment by AmandaKH — 8:28 pm March 30, 2014 #

  4. Marination was packed too. Sure was fun to see so many familiar faces coming and going there too. Small town, big hearts :)

    Comment by westseattledood — 12:28 am March 31, 2014 #

  5. Thanks to the West Seattle Blog and an awesome woman named Tracy Dart, we are now part of a movement to help the victims of the Oso mudslide. (nice logo Tracy!) We are donating $5 for each $50 gift card purchased now thru Sat April 5. We are locally owned and gift cards are good in 49 states! Shipping is easy since our handy Westwood Post Office is a stone’s throw away.

    Comment by Jennifer McCollum — 3:33 pm March 31, 2014 #

  6. Hi folks,
    We just got back from the Oso Fire Station. The volunteers were very thankful for the donation. They are asking for a few more things:

    Size S, M, & L Rain pants
    Size Small & Medium Rain jackets with hoods
    Women’s Rain boots
    Men’s rain coats with hoods
    Bib overall rain gear (men’s and women’s)
    Hip waders for men and women
    Hard hats
    Safety vests/utility vests
    XL & XXL Rain suits
    Chest Waders (Small, Medium, and large)
    Sweat Shirts (heavy duty – all sizes)
    Size S & M thick Medical gloves (used under work gloves)
    Flip top storage bins
    non-perishable food
    Beanies/hats

    If you want, you can ship items to:

    Oso Fire Department
    21824 State Route 530
    Arlington, Washington 98223

    Comment by Valerie Legler — 4:11 pm March 31, 2014 #

  7. What was the final amount collected?

    Comment by sc — 7:19 pm March 31, 2014 #

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