West Seattle help for Haiti: Tonight’s updates

During tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk (earlier coverage here), we also stopped by Keller Williams in The Junction, which is distributing flyers for the fundraising car wash this Saturday (reported here last night), aiming to raise at least $1,000 for Haiti earthquake victims. KW was the first West Seattle business/group we heard from, but now the list of local fundraisers is continuing to grow. We are listing them all here – today’s additions include West Seattle Thriftway collecting at checkstands – matching donations up to $3,000 – and tonight, we just got word that tomorrow night’s free Seattle Symphony concert presented by West Seattle Kiwanis (8 pm, Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College [WSB sponsor]) will be dedicated to the Haiti quake victims/survivors, and will collect cash/check donations (they won’t be able to process cards). Note that we also have linked our ongoing list from the top of the sidebar, so you can find it easily. (Also a shoutout to PCC Natural Markets [WSB sponsor], which has announced a $25,000 donation to earthquake relief.) Thanks to everyone for reaching out to help, and for letting WSB know so we can help get the word out.

1 Reply to "West Seattle help for Haiti: Tonight's updates"

  • christyinseattle January 15, 2010 (8:39 am)

    Hey, just thought I’d pass this along.

    Capital One has a website established for charitable giving. Anyone with a Capital One credit card who gives through this site will benefit the charity of their choice, since Capital One WAIVES ALL TRANSACTION FEES for charitable giving through this site. After the tsunami, American Express eventually decided to waive fees as well, but as of yet, they haven’t agreed to do so for this tragedy. Oxfam is there, American National Red Cross, Mercy Corps, and Doctors without Borders, plus many, many more.

    I would highly encourage everyone to support these local events with cash, and give your major money either through a contribution matching program or through this Capital One site, if you have one of their credit cards.

    Transaction fees can be up to 3%! Obviously, with a disaster of this magnitude, all of those transaction fees will add up quickly. It just seems wrong for a bank to profit off of charitable donations. Bravo to Capital One for having this site in place, not only for times of crisis, but to make charitable giving via credit cards more effective, year-round.

    The url to give, transaction-free, with your Capital One credit card is:

    right here.

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