Speaking of which…
Yesterday, we gave you some tips for places to find support if the season’s stirring things up or bringing you down. Today, we put together something for those of you who may not be struggling yourselves, but want to help people who are.
Here’s how you can give back if:
— You want to give support: Volunteer with Crisis Clinic’s 24/7 crisis line, peer-to-peer “warm” line, or teen-to-teen support lines.
— You have a green thumb: Join the City of Seattle’s Giving Garden program to donate excess fruits and veggies from your backyard or P-Patch gardens. This year, participating gardeners donated more than 63,511 lbs. of produce to Seattle food banks, meal and housing programs, and homeless encampments.
— You want to cook or craft: Volunteer at Mary’s Place, which serves homeless women, kids, and families, by lending a hand in their kitchen or make some art with their kiddos. Want to level up? They have toolkits to help you throw parties to collect baby gear, underwear, and more for their residents.
— You like a good tech trick: A New York YouTuber named Rob Bliss realized you can use the Amazon Prime Now app to order up socks, shoes, and other gear for anyone you may meet who is struggling with homelessness. Watch how he did it here.
— You want to help past the holidays: Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Service Center, which serves people of all genders struggling with homelessness, is looking for folks committed to volunteering a shift per week for the next six months.
Know of other good ways to help your neighbors this season? Hit reply or email [email protected] and we’ll share back what we can before the break.
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See how you react to this. More than 2,000 people have RSVP’d to a Facebook event called “Gently Caress The Amazon Balls Until Wealth Trickles Down.” It is not a real event. But it is a real message from its creator, local musician and organizer Omar Rashan, who moved to Seattle from Chicago three years ago. “I’ve been seeing even in that amount of time an extreme polarization of wealth,” Omar told us. “You see 20 cranes and you ask yourself, who are those buildings being built for?” In the comments, people are responding by standing up for Amazon, which has grown and transformed our city, playing along with the joke, and everything in between. Last we checked, no one was actually caressing the Amazon Spheres, our hometown tech giant’s most noticeable icon. (Facebook)
Here’s a painful truth: If officials had waited a few more months to open that new rail route from Seattle to Portland, the crash that killed three people on Monday might have never happened. That’s because the route was due to get something called “positive train control.” It’s a mechanism that slows down trains automatically when they’re going faster than the speed limit. Monday’s train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. (The Seattle Times)
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Meet a couple rock stars. Georgetown’s Conscious Eatery made no money this year. Know why? Because the sandwich shop gave it to our neighbors who are homeless in the form of 6,000+ free meals. If that isn’t awesome enough, owners Cierra Laub and Chaz Rowlan work 60-hour weeks and fell in love while they built this heavenly venture. “Their boundless positivity is like a superpower, practically palpable when you talk to them,” writes the Times’ Bethany Jean Clement. Who wants a sandwich? (The Seattle Times)
A service for the struggling. If you celebrate Christmas and find the holidays to be tough or painful, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral has a “Blue Christmas Service” tonight that’s just for you. “It’s held specifically for folks who would have a hard time attending the more crowded, family-oriented services,” reader Molly Nixon tells us. Thanks for the tip, Molly.
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We’ll be sharing out the wonderfully thoughtful postcards you submitted to our Holiday Struggle Project tomorrow.
See you then. — The Evergrey
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