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STUFF THE BUS DIAPER DRIVE: Talarico’s trivia tonight; WestSide Baby HQ party Sunday

(WSB photo: WestSide Baby’s diaper-drive bus at West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade afterparty)

The heart of summer also brings the heart of WestSide Baby‘s biggest diaper-donation drive of the year, Stuff the Bus! Here are two opportunities for you to contribute:

TALARICO’S TRIVIA TONIGHT: Host Phil Tavel says, “This week, Trivia Night at Talarico’s is supporting the WestSide Baby diaper drive. Help give to parents and their children who don’t have enough diapers. Instead of cash, bring diapers! Any size for children. If you can’t bring diapers, bring cash and we will buy the diapers – but, bring diapers! There will be a nice prize for the team that brings the most diapers. Also some raffle prizes as well.” 8:30 pm until about 10:15 pm. (
Starts at 8:30 and goes until about 10:15. (4718 California SW)

STUFF THE BUS BASH ON SUNDAY: Again this year, WS Baby is inviting everyone to bring diapers to its headquarters for a big party – that’s noon-3 pm this Sunday (July 22nd):

Fun during the afternoon will include…

Tours of our new, expanded warehouse
Diaper Dash – a short race for baby crawlers & non-walkers!Article Image
Trike Race – fun for kids ages 2-6 (we will provide trikes & helmets!)
Diaper Relay – because adults want to have fun too!
Kids games, arts & crafts!
Live music
Local food trucks
Free lemonade stand
Free ice cream!
And, most importantly, we will be stuffing our WestSide Baby Bus with your diaper donations!

Donating to our summer drive can be as easy as bringing a package of wipes, or an open package of diapers with you.

All welcome! (10002 14th SW)

Christmas in July! Be part of it Sunday in West Seattle

Even with thousands of donated cookies and hundreds of donated hours of volunteer help, it takes a lot more for The Christmas People to make magic happen on their namesake holiday – and that is why they’re hoping you will be part of this Sunday’s Christmas in July event. It’s happening Sunday (July 22nd) at the Masonic Center (4736 40th SW), same place The Christmas People offer a sit-down dinner on December 25th to anyone who shows up. Christmas in July starts with a silent-auction preview and no-host bar at 4 pm, silent auction at 5, buffet dinner starting at 5:30 pm, live auction at 6:30 – with items including getaways (from Wine Country to Italy!) and “Christmas items reminiscent of Christmas Past.” Speaking of Christmas, West Seattle’s own Santa Al will be there to greet you Sunday. Tickets are only $15 – buy yours now here. Or if you’d like to be part of Christmas in July as a volunteer, check at 206-719-4979 or pialley@jps.net.

COMMUNITY GIVING: South Delridge Community Group, Friends of Delridge Triangle team up for cleanup

Thanks to Mary for the photo and report:

An energetic group of neighborhood volunteers came together on this sunny morning to clean up the Delridge Triangle at Delridge Way SW/18th Ave SW/SW Barton St, and to clean up surrounding blocks. The clean-up was a joint effort between the South Delridge Community Group (SDCG) and Friends Of The Delridge Triangle (FDT). This is one step of a greater project in the works to redevelop the Triangle into a safe and usable community space where the neighborhood can play. The Delridge Triangle project was a Your Voice, Your Choice 2017 award recipient. The project is now moving forward and hopes for a boost from the 2018 Neighborhood Matching Fund.

The next Delridge Triangle clean-up will take place on Saturday 08/11 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us. It’s a great way to start the weekend, keep our neighborhood clean, meet neighbors, and build community!

Contact the South Delridge Community Group @:
sdelridgecommunitygroup@gmail.com
Or visit our website:
southdelridgecommunitygroup.wordpress.com

Contact Friends Of The Delridge Triangle @:
delridgetriangle@gmail.com
Or visit our website:
Friends of The Delridge Triangle

COMMUNITY GIVING: One simple, quick way to help create a cleaner community

If your Saturday’s already set but you’re looking ahead to tomorrow, Sunday brings your next chance to make a big difference with a little of your time, in the next Morgan Junction-area community cleanup organized by Jill Boone:

Join us Sunday, July 8, from 9:30 – 11:00 to pick up litter along California and Fauntleroy, our little business area! We meet at 9:30 at the ATM lot in front of Domino’s and by the Shell station. I’ll be parked there with litter grabbers, bags and vests. Bring your own gloves. Bring a bucket if you want one. For kiddos, I have small vests, a few small grabbers (for toddlers) and some small buckets.

Bring the family! It’s fun and it’s a way for small kids and big kids to do something to benefit their community. Pups are welcome if well-behaved and leashed.

We need adults or teens who can walk to C&P and back or from the start to the UU Church and back and up and down Fauntleroy from the intersection! Families with small kids do the immediate area and bus stops. Kids are amazing at grabbing cigarette butts with those small grabbers!

Jill’s been organizing these periodic cleanups for more than a year now.

UPDATE: West Seattle bake sale raising money for family reunification

(WSB photos)

11:29 AM: As mentioned in today’s highlight list, local families have baked up a variety of treats and are selling them right now north of The Junction, raising money to reunify asylum seekers and their children. It’s at 4146 44th SW and scheduled to continue until 1 pm; Jennifer, the organizer, says contributors have continued to drop off sale items, too, including a mom, baby in tow, who had created a three-layer cake!

(Jennifer and son Theo, a bake-sale helper)

The money will go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

5:37 PM: In a comment, Theo reports the bake sale raised $1,612!

HAPPENING NOW: Football-fundraiser pancakes with Chief Sealth IHS team

June 23, 2018 11:07 am
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Thanks to Leslie Harris (your rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board as well as its president) for the photo from the Chief Sealth International High School football team’s fundraising pancake breakfast. $5, all-you-can-eat, in the Sealth/Denny galleria until noon.

Got 2 minutes? The Delridge Triangle can use them right now

That’s a view of the Delridge Triangle (18th/Barton). We’ve reported before on community plans to give it a brighter, safer future, and now there’s a simple, fast way to show your support. From Kim Barnes:

Did you know the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition is working in partnership with Highland Park Action Committee and South Delridge Community Group to improve one of our community public spaces in South Delridge?

On June 25th, The Friends of the Delridge Triangle will submit its application to the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The goal? To get the Delridge Triangle (9200 Delridge Way, across from Burger Boss and 2 Fingers Social) redesigned to create a space that is safe and usable for the community.

The Delridge Triangle lies at the center of the South Delridge community. With Highland Park to the east and Westwood-Roxhill to the west, the public right of way is central feature to the South Delridge corridor. The space has a long history of negative social behaviors that have created fear and avoidance and the surrounding community is in desperate need of easily accessible outdoor space. Your pledge to participate in the redesign project over Fall 2018-Spring 2019 is a critical step toward filling the need for easily accessible green space in South Delridge.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

For the grant application to be successful we need your pledge of interest to participate as the Community Match to the grant award over the October 2018-April 2019 period. Can you spare two minutes today and complete the volunteer pledge form here?

For project information along with online pledge form, you can go here: DelridgeTriangle.org Your details will not be shared beyond the Delridge Triangle team, and you’ll be updated on the progress of the application submission starting at the end of June.

Can you help with getting more pledges? Would you like to consider pledging cash, materials or have questions? Email the steering committee at DelridgeTriangle@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting our community!

SATURDAY: Your chance to ‘chip in’ at new Roxhill/Hughes playground

June 13, 2018 9:04 am
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(WSB photo, June 2nd)

The playground is built – now, if you can spare a little time this Saturday, the students of Roxhill Elementary – getting ready to move into their new home – will be forever grateful. The reminder/request from Friends of Roxhill:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary needs your help to move wood chips at the new playground at E.C. Hughes, where Roxhill is relocating in the fall. We need as many volunteers as possible. Right now, we only have about 20 people signed up! Bring your whole family down to 7700 34th Ave SW on Saturday, June 16, from 9 to 11 a.m or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up here: signup.com/go/QixMZHL

This project has been made possible by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and a partnership between Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Public Schools. The Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes playground will be open to the public in September.

Early alert! You can help wrap up work at Roxhill Elementary’s new EC Hughes playground

June 8, 2018 10:21 am
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(June 2nd WSB photo)

Last Saturday, volunteers built it – next Saturday (June 16th), you can help wrap up the finishing touches! From Friends of Roxhill Elementary:

The new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes needs you again. This volunteer opportunity is open to all-ages — but you have to promise not to climb on anything. Join Friends of Roxhill Elementary at the renovated E.C. Hughes Elementary, where we are moving in the fall, on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Address: 7700 34th Ave SW)

Many hands make light work — and we’ll need as many hands as possible to help move the wood chips safety surface into place. We’re planning for 50 to 60 people for each two-hour shift. It’s Father’s Day weekend — invite your whole family to come on down! The more the merrier.

This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone — even kids (as long as they don’t play on the equipment). All community members are welcome, not just those with a direct Roxhill connection.

Sign up here: signup.com/go/QixMZHL

This project has been made possible by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and a partnership between Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Public Schools. The Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes playground will be open to the public in September.

CAN YOU HELP TOMORROW? Urgent request from WestSide Baby

June 7, 2018 2:17 pm
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Just received from Shana @ WestSide Baby:

HELP WESTSIDE BABY REARRANGE THEIR DISTRIBUTION SPACE TOMORROW

WestSide Baby is looking for about 8 volunteers tomorrow, Friday, June 8th, to help with a reorganizing project. They are making some efficiency changes to their operations space and could use some able-bodied volunteers at 10 am. Projects could include painting, moving potentially heavy items, and other tasks. If you have free time and would like to lend a hand, please email Shana Allen at shana@westsidebaby.org. Must be at least 14 years old to volunteer for this job.

WS Baby is headquartered at 10002 14th SW.

YOU CAN HELP! Improve Puget Park trail, then enjoy a barbecue

June 7, 2018 9:05 am
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A fun and rewarding way to start your weekend if you care about helping make it easier to get around in local parks! From Colin, one of your neighbors who have been working on walkability on the trails in the West Duwamish Greenbelt:

Come join us to improve the Puget Park trail this Saturday (June 9th) from 9-noon, followed by a neighborhood BBQ. Community support is needed to continue Puget Park trail improvements. Several neighbors have come together to lead this Puget Ridge family friendly community event with a BBQ to follow. Please stop by and give whatever time you have; every little bit helps – even just swing by to say “thank you.” Our presence and participation at this event demonstrates to Seattle Parks that we care and appreciate improvements they are making to the parks in our neighborhood.

How you can help: Continue trail improvements, mainly constructing a transition in a steep section of the trail and spreading gravel that has already been staged in the area where it needs to be spread.

When: Saturday June 9th, 9am to noon with neighborhood BBQ to follow

Where: Puget Park trailhead at 19th Ave & Dawson SW. Address: 1900 SW Dawson St

Prepare: Wear sturdy shoes and work gloves. Tools provided

Questions? E-mail Colin at spikescc@gmail.com.

HE DID IT AGAIN! 15th anniversary of Laps With Lou at Pathfinder K-8 for Make-A-Wish

11:25 AM: Under a sunnier-than-forecast sky, atop Pigeon Point, Lou Cutler embarked on his 15th annual round of benefit birthday laps two hours ago:

He’s volunteered for Make-A-Wish since 1996, and Laps With Lou raises money for the organization. This year, those cheering Lou – and the students/staff who run with him at one point or another during the day – include his brother, visiting from Portland. And his chief cheerleader/kid wrangler/sidekick is again teacher Andy Darring:

We’re heading back up to check on how things are going on what Lou again declared to be “the best day of the year.” All are welcome to stop by, observe, run, walk, or you can help by donating online.

12:05 PM: As of our stop, a bit past halfway there!

2:03 PM: Success! But first, the last lap, with everybody at Pathfinder invited out to join Lou on the track:

67 laps, 11+ miles, in 4 1/2 hours.

Asked if he’ll be back for 68 next year, Lou replied with a resounding “yes!”

We’ve been covering Lou’s laps for a decade now, including video in 2010, the first one after Pathfinder moved from Genesee Hill to Pigeon Point.

FRIDAY: Lou Cutler’s birthday run at Pathfinder for Make-A-Wish

(WSB photo, June 2017)

Since this will likely get started before our usual morning highlights list goes live, we wanted to remind you about an annual event tomorrow that you are invited to join or support – retired Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler‘s annual birthday run for Make-A-Wish. In June, Lou turns 67, so he’ll be circling the Pathfinder field on Pigeon Point 67 times. It’s just one way he supports Make-A-Wish>, whose official news release for this year’s run calls him a “wish-granting superstar.” He’s volunteered for the group for more than 20 years; this is his 15th year of Laps with Lou. If you can stop by the Pathfinder field at 1901 SW Genesee tomorrow, you’re welcome to join the run – as most of the school’s students and staff do at some point during the day – or just cheer him on! You can also donate online in honor of his dedication and the kids who have unforgettable experiences as a result. He expects to get going around 9 am, and last year the run went past 1 pm.

You can help! Build West Seattle’s next playground on Saturday

(WSB photo, June 2017)

Though EC Hughes Elementary is getting some work done before Roxhill Elementary moves there in September, it doesn’t include the playground – so community volunteers are making that happen. This Saturday, you can help. From Friends of Roxhill:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites the greater West Seattle community to help build our new playground at E.C. Hughes, located at 7700 34th Avenue SW [map], this Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We have two slots available: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks, water, coffee and lunch provided!

We’ll be led by PlayCreation representatives to assemble and build our selected Landscape Structures playground.

Please note that no children under age 14 may be within the build site. If you are a student in need of service hours, you may help put together components under adult supervision outside the build area, but all installation must be completed by those 17 and up.

We’re so excited to make this happen together. Together, our community can do anything. Also, there will be food. Did we mention that?

Can’t make it? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list for the next day of work: laying down all the engineered wood fiber so our playground has a safe surface for kids to land on. That date is still TBD. Email us at friendsofroxhill@gmail.com to be notified.

HAPPENING NOW: American Legion Post 160 offering Memorial Day poppies

It’s a Memorial Day tradition that’s almost a century old – American Legion red-crepe-paper poppies, made by, and benefiting, veterans. You can get yours today until ~5 pm and again tomorrow, 8 am-5 pm, at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor). This morning’s poppy distributors were American Legion Post 160’s Walt DeLong, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Keith Hughes, a U.S. Army veteran:

Post 160 also welcomes your help taking down and/or putting up the West Seattle Junction flags on Monday – meet at the northeast corner of California/Alaska at 9 am and/or 5 pm. And inbetween those times, you’re invited to the 2 pm Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) and 3:15 pm community cookout at Post 160 HQ (3618 SW Alaska).

YOU CAN HELP! Chief Sealth IHS Green Team’s garden request

The photo and request are from Chief Sealth International High School student Zhen Williams and schoolmates working on a garden project:

I am part of Green Team, a committed group of student representatives that come together to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Our student committee meets weekly and discusses environmental issues, spreads awareness, and works on environmental issues impacting the Puget Sound. Currently we are working on creating and maintaining a courtyard garden, located within Chief Sealth International High School (the school I attend), to promote the idea of community and increase the awareness and our impact on the environment as a school. It also provides an opportunity for students to understand concepts such as sustainability, how to improve our environment, and how students can make a direct change.

Currently, we have an irrigation system almost installed to keep the plants alive and healthy during the summer months. We still need plants for the garden, preferably flower and vegetable starts, native bushes, and potting soil and compost, to ensure that the plants are able to grow and be sustained over the summer when the students are out of school.

We hope that you will consider donating any plant starters or compost to help our courtyard garden. The Green Team relies heavily on the support and donations of our community members and believes in the power of local businesses.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about our club or our Courtyard Garden plans. I can be reached at williams.zhen@gmail.com. Thank you for considering!

West Seattle Memorial Day 2018: Can you help with flags in The Junction?

May 24, 2018 5:02 pm
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(WSB file photo, Post 160 volunteers placing flags in The Junction)

Can you help with The Junction’s flags on Monday? From the WSB inbox:

American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle would like to invite volunteers of all ages to help, put and take down, American Flags in the Alaska Junction in observance of Memorial Day.

We will meet our community volunteers at the northeast corner of California & Alaska at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

COUNTDOWN: 15th anniversary of Laps With Lou at Pathfinder to help Make-A-Wish

May 24, 2018 2:05 pm
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 |   How to help | Pigeon Point | West Seattle news | West Seattle people | West Seattle schools

(WSB photo, June 2017)

Looking beyond Memorial Day – one of our favorite annual West Seattle events is happening a week from tomorrow. Retired Pathfinder K-8 P-E teacher Lou Cutler returns to the school on Pigeon Point on Friday, June 1st, to run laps raising money for Make-A-Wish – one lap around the field for each year he’ll be celebrating on his upcoming birthday. This year – the 15th anniversary of “Laps With Lou” – that’s 67 laps! He’ll start around 9 am, with most of the school joining him, and continue through most of the day (last year he wrapped up around 1:45). You’re invited to be there to cheer him on and/or join in the run and/or pledge online! Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.

YOU CAN HELP! Celebrate with, and give a boost to, Sanislo Elementary

Last year, the wider West Seattle community opened its arms and embraced Sanislo Elementary, our area’s least-populous public elementary school, and the little school got a big boost. The Sanislo PTA is hoping for an encore this year, and the big auction/dinner is less than two weeks away! Here’s the invitation:

Thanks to the community support of Sanislo Elementary’s auction last year, we kicked our $5,000 goal to the curb and raised $15,000!

This windfall provided a mindfulness program, increased teacher stipends, created a ‘book fair bucks’ program, and is affording scholarships to kids in need so they can participate in after-school enrichment! YOU, yes YOU, helped make this happen! Let’s do it again!

Our annual auction is just around the corner. We hope you can join us once again in supporting educational equity.

– All Around the World Auction

– Saturday, June 2nd from 6 pm-10 pm

– Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW

– Silent Auction

– Dinner and TWO Drink Tickets Included!

– A special performance by Seattle Kokon Taiko Japanese Drummers, a DJ, Dancing, and more!

You can reserve your tickets online, or, if you can’t make it but would like to donate, you can do that through the link below as well.

Donations to our auction make a significant impact in the education of our kids. With more than 70% of our families living in poverty, our school community simply cannot raise these essential funds alone. We hope to see you there!

Click to reserve tickets or directly donate.

P.S. Preview the cool stuff you’ll be able to bid on, by going here.

YOU CAN HELP! Start your weekend with an hour at Roxhill Park

May 18, 2018 2:52 pm
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Big spring weekend ahead … and if you can give one hour of your time at the start, you can make a difference: 10 am, meet at 29th and Barton to join your neighbors for Spring Clean at Roxhill Park. You don’t have to bring anything – gloves, bags, and safety gear will be provided. It’s a partnership of community members and city departments including Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhoods, and SDOT.

HELPING THE HELPLINE: Here’s the lineup for next week’s Taste of West Seattle

May 14, 2018 4:00 pm
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Waiting to find out who’s part of the peninsula’s tastiest fundraiser of the year before buying your ticket(s)? The wait is over. The West Seattle Helpline has sent word of the food and beverage purveyors you’ll find at May 24’s Taste of West Seattle:

The West Seattle Helpline’s 13th annual Taste of West Seattle (presented by Metropolitan Market) is just a little over a week away! Join us May 24th at The Hall at Fauntleroy from 6-9 pm for the most delicious night in West Seattle. If you don’t have tickets, you need to buy them fast — Tuesday, May 22 is the last day to purchase tickets.

The Taste of West Seattle is a local, community-based food fair and is the largest event of its kind in West Seattle. This year’s Taste will feature food and drink from 37 different restaurants, breweries, wineries, coffee shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more – all from right here in West Seattle! Check out the lineup below:

Admiral Bird
Arthur’s
B’s Po Boy
BAKED. Custom Cakes
Bakery Nouveau
Beveridge Place Pub
The Bridge
Brookdale Admiral Heights/WS
Cafe Mia
Cafe Osita
Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
Circa
Coastline Burgers
Copper Coin
Coral Wines
Cupcake Royale
Dream Dinners, West Seattle
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets
Duos Catering
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Husky Deli
Metropolitan Market
Mission Cantina
Pecos Pit-West Seattle
Pizzeria 22
Prost! West Seattle
Salty’s on Alki
Schooner EXACT Brewing Co.
T2 Cellars
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes-Catering and Events
Viscon Cellars
West 5
West Seattle Brewing Co.
West Seattle Cellars
The Westy
The Swinery
Wildwood Market

All proceeds from the event go directly to the West Seattle Helpline’s emergency assistance and homelessness prevention programs. These services stabilize and support individuals and families in West Seattle who are recovering from a crisis or unexpected hardship.

Buy your tickets online today by going here.

(Viscon Cellars, The Westy, Salty’s, Pecos Pit, Metropolitan Market, Dream Dinners, and Circa are also WSB sponsors.)

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle 5K on Sunday!

May 14, 2018 9:04 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news | WS & Sports

(2017 West Seattle 5K photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

It’s a run/walk for the whole family – and it’s now less than one week away. Sunday (May 20th) brings the first big 5K of the season to our area, the West Seattle 5K, raising money for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Even if you’re not participating, you need to know that the WS5K takes over the waterfront road for a few hours on Sunday morning, so heed those no-parking signs! So you might as well join in. The run/walk starts just after 9 am, leaving from and returning to 61st/Alki, just west of the Bathhouse. If you’re not already signed up, you can still register online – go here. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome! (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K launched in 2009.)

UPDATE: Hundreds gather to help thousands @ West Seattle Food Bank’s 2018 Instruments of Change

(UPDATED MONDAY with fundraising tally from Saturday’s event)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“Tonight we are here to be sure all our friends and neighbors in West Seattle have enough to eat.”

That’s how auctioneer/emcee Ian Lindsay summarized things for about 250 people who gathered last night for the West Seattle Food Bank‘s annual Instruments of Change dinner and auction.

The celebration at the Seattle Design Center honored a job that can’t go undone – but, the WSFB’s 17-year executive director Fran Yeatts (above), acknowledged, would ideally be unnecessary. “I am really sorry that we have to do this work,” she began, while explaining that it will make a difference for about 10,000 people in the community this year – some, just once; some, over and over again. Ten thousand also is how many people in West Seattle live below the federal poverty level, according to a video shown at the event.

The stats are eye-opening:

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