“Handbags for Hunger”: Join WSB Forum friends Sunday!

A group of WSB Forum members who’ve been getting together F2F have just hatched a great plot to do a good deed while having a good time — and this Sunday, they’re making it rapid reality. Here’s their official announcement, including a way you can help ahead of time:

Handbags for Hunger

Silent Auction
Sunday, March 16, 2008
2:30 pm to 4 pm ….

Beveridge Place Pub
6451 California Ave. SW (Morgan Junction; map here)

Members of the West Seattle Blog Forums got together to create a fundraising social for the West Seattle Food Bank… and another local charity, the Seattle Dress for Success program.

What began as a few local members cleaning out their oversupply of quality handbags and donating them to charity as an excuse for a good party has attracted local attention and we are getting donations we didn’t expect; some of them top-end designer handbags.

All donated handbags will be up for sale at the auction… some of them will simply be for sale for $5… some of them will be up for bid with a $5 minimum and $25 maximum.

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items and cash/checks for the West Seattle Food Bank. Every donation will be matched through the current $1 million dollar Feinstein Foundation donation challenge (read more about it here). This will be a great opportunity to make your dollars count and help out one of our more important local resources.

What began as a problem; what to do with handbags that didn’t sell, has created another opportunity for donations. We will be donating any bags that don’t sell to the Seattle Dress for Success program and will also collect donations of quality used women’s business attire and cash/checks for their program. They especially need plus size clean and ready to wear clothing.

We expect participation from local representatives from both organizations and will have information on both organizations for those who would like to know more.

So if you are 21 or older (Beveridge Place is a pub), this is a great chance to drop by, have some fun, drink a little beer, drop off some of what you just cleaned out of the closet, do some good, find a great handbag at a really reasonable price and get to meet some of the more infamous West Seattle Blog Forum members. We will be wearing nametags with our sign-in names so you can identify us.

We are accepting donations of all types of quality bags; we hope to have something to offer those males who are brave enough to attend. If you would consider selling it at a consignment shop; we want it. You can show up at 2 pm when the pub opens to drop off donations, or contact JoB to arrange drop-off prior to the event. All unclaimed bags will be donated to Dress for Success.

You can e-mail JoB at joanne (at) brayden.org; you can also join the chat about this event, and a multitude of other topics, in the WSB Open Discussion Forum.

7 Replies to ""Handbags for Hunger": Join WSB Forum friends Sunday!"

  • Paul March 10, 2008 (7:13 pm)

    Don’t forget to ask some of the w.s. businesses, they/we might donate too!

  • JoB March 10, 2008 (7:37 pm)

    We just received an email from PBJ textiles.. a local firm… and they are donating “we will give you a few … , including some hand made bags we used to carry, that we created.”

    how exciting! We are going to have originals!

    i just love it when a plan comes together

  • JoB March 10, 2008 (9:26 pm)

    this just in my mailbox from Pete Spalding of the West Seattle Food Bank…

    “I just read the entry on the West Seattle blog about the event this Sunday at the Beverage Place Pub. YOU FOLKS ROCK!!!!

    I am the president of the Board of Directors for the West Seattle Food Bank and we could not open our doors everyday to help our neighbors who are hungry if it were not for the kindness and generosity of folks like you.

    From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.”

    he and his wife will try to stop by on Sunday…

    I speak for everyone working on this when i say that you are the ones who rock.. you the readers and WSB forum members… This was just an idea until everyone responded so positively…

    I can’t wait to see the turnout…

  • andrea March 11, 2008 (9:53 am)

    JoB I went through my closet last night and I have approx 8-10 purses/handbags that I will contribute on Sunday…let me tell you I had no idea I had that many hiding back in there, but I am so glad I did so now I can add them to the auction (they are all relatively unused (2 have never been used) and therefore spiffy clean and ready to wear :0). see you all on Sunday!

  • Bernicki March 11, 2008 (11:35 am)

    So we can just come at 2 p.m. or so with handbags, and add them to the pile to be sold?

  • Bernicki March 11, 2008 (11:36 am)

    Sorry. I just asked a question that was answered at the bottom of the post. Never mind! :)

  • Betty Bos March 14, 2008 (12:27 pm)

    So we can also bring women’s professinal clothing for Dress for Success in addition to handbags? Just want to be clear on what’s acceptable.

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