And the Queen Anne Helpline needs your help once again. Many local families and individuals simply do not have the warm clothing to help them through these cold, wet winter months.
In 2006, 846 people utilized the Helpline's free clothing bank. Your community donations made it possible for them to receive the clothing they needed for work, school and, sometimes, surviving homelessness. The "frightful weather means they need new or clean, serviceable socks, hats, scarves, gloves, warm coats and plastic ponchos.
Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne has responded to this need by conducting the "Knock You Socks Off!" clothing drive now through Dec. 31. Warm winter clothing items may be dropped off at their lobby at 805 Fourth Ave. N.
After you knock your socks off, you may leave them along with your donated hats, gloves, mittens, ponchos, umbrellas and warm coats in their lobby - or drop them off at the Queen Anne Helpline Office, 311 W. McGraw St., between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Let's see if we can work together to keep our community warm and cozy.
Suzanne H. McCallum, M.A.,
Queen Anne Helpline