GRATITUDE: West Seattle shelter’s ‘call for help’ answered, dozens kept warm

(WSB photo, December)

The snow has melted and the temperature has risen into the 50s. West Seattle’s only emergency cold-weather shelter has closed its doors, for now. Its operator wants to share these words of thanks:

To all the true Neighbors of the West Seattle Community – thank you so much for your rapid and generous support to the call for help for the American Legion Post 160 and West Seattle Veteran Center Cold Weather Shelter. With your donations and help, we were able to stay open throughout the cold weather event to serve more than 50 individuals in their time of need. This is a grass-roots all-volunteer operation, only possible through your generosity.

The shelter has now suspended operation with the temperatures in the 40s and 50s. We will be prepared to re-open when the need arises. Winter is not yet over. Thank you.

Keith Hughes, Commander
West Seattle American Legion Post 160
President, West Seattle Veteran Center

As mentioned here in our coverage last month, the only city help for the shelter was a promise to cover the utility bills. Community members donated everything from cots to food to socks, plus volunteer hours.

4 Replies to "GRATITUDE: West Seattle shelter's 'call for help' answered, dozens kept warm"

  • Pam January 12, 2022 (7:09 am)

    I love you West Seattle :) thank you commander Hughes! 

  • Denice January 12, 2022 (9:10 am)

    Is there anything you need for the next round of cold weather? 

  • Michael Waldo January 12, 2022 (9:56 am)

    Not right that West Seattle, as large as a small town, is ignored by the city when it came to cold weather shelter. And the only help was paying the utilities bills?

  • Wseattleite January 12, 2022 (1:10 pm)

    Thank you, Commander Hughes!   I was very impressed with the responsible care you provided that I was able to witness whilst filling some shifts.  Thank you for what you do and for the opportunity.

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