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For the past month, we’ve been telling you about the Les Schwab Toy Drive, and encouraging you to donate. This morning, employees from Les Schwab dressed up as Santa Claus and his elves, and made the rounds to deliver Christmas presents and cheer to Western Washington families. The event would not have been possible without all of your donations. Q13’s Ellen Tailor and photojournalist Michael Driver went along with Santa and his crew to document the festivities.
Seattle’s homeless population is around 12,000. And women who are homeless face a lesser-known problem, access to feminine hygiene products. That’s where local non-profit Feminaid comes in. They work with major brands such as Procter & Gamble to secure donations, and they then deliver products to local homeless and at-risk women. Q13 went along as they recently delivered thousands of products to Mary’s Place Women’s Day Center in Seattle. Women who live at the shelter say they appreciate having a […]
Q13 is proud to have partnered with Les Schwab Tire Centers once again this season to help make a difference in our community. From Chehalis to Bellingham, and Poulsbo to Kent, Les Schwab employees from all around Western Washington gathered at the Showare Center in Kent this week to help sort thousands of donated toys. Ellen Tailor was there to see just how big of an impact you helped make! Les Schwab will continue to take donations of unwrapped toys. […]
Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett surprised a group of Seattle students this week when he hosted a reading event at West Seattle Elementary School. Lockett read to the kids during an all-school assembly in partnership with the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. He also surprised the classroom with the best attendance with a Pizza Hut pizza party. Lockett, who is a longtime children’s wellness advocate, says he enjoys being able to give back to the community. “It’s a blessing just […]
SEATTLE — Q13 News is teaming up with Les Schwab Tire Centers for our annual holiday toy drive, to help families struggling to buy gifts for their kids this holiday season. Q13’s Ellen Tailor got a chance to talk to some local “toy experts” about what they’d like to see under the Christmas tree this year. If you’d like to donate , you can stop by any Western Washington Les Schwab to donate a new, unwrapped toy, between now and Dec. […]
One of the region’s major hospitals catering to kids is expanding. A groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday for a new building at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Due to the region’s growth, the hospital has reached capacity at its existing facility, so they broke ground on the 310,000 square-foot Building Care addition today. The new building will feature eight operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization labs, 20 additional inpatient beds, and new spaces for pharmacy, laboratory, sterile processing, and the Cancer and Blood […]
All children deserve to be safe, dry, and warm, but unfortunately that’s not reality for many families in need. WestSide Baby, which was founded in 2001, collects new and used items for children and babies, and then distributes them free of charge to King County families. Between now and the end of the year, the non-profit organization and their 114 partner agencies will distribute diapers, coats, pajamas, car seats, and toys to more than 2,000 children. The organization sees an […]
Thanks to donations from the community, two valuable members of the region’s police force now have Kevlar vests to keep them safe. Q13 was there as K9 Atom received and got to try on his new bullet-proof vest on Wednesday. As we previously reported, the funds for the vest were raised through the non-profit organization “Keeping K9’s in Kevlar.” Atom’s handler, Deputy Joshua Holmes with the Shoreline Police Department, says the vests help protect the dogs from injuries. “Yea, we […]
A local Boy Scout troop surprised some lucky military members at the USO this week. Troop 407 out of Kent delivered more than 70 cases of donated popcorn to the USO at SeaTac airport. Troop leaders say delivering cases of popcorn to military bases has been a Boy Scouts of America tradition for 35 years. The goal is to give back to troops all across the country, and Troop 407 decided to do that at the local USO. “These people […]
A local chef spent his Thanksgiving, giving back to his community. For the past 15 years, Chef John Howie has closed his restaurant, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, to the public on Thanksgiving, so he can serve underprivileged guests from the eastside. Hundreds of guests from several eastside service organizations attended today’s dinner. Seastar says while some diners aren’t able to prepare a meal, some can’t afford to, and some others are just in need of fellowship. “So, 15 years […]