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Community donation drive this Saturday – cold temperature “survival items” needed

H2 Homes NW, a husband & wife real estate duo with Windermere Greenwood, has launched a Donation Drive & pop-up event in support of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).  DESC is slated to open 4 buildings throughout Seattle which are expected to fill quickly, and many will be added to a waiting list.  In the mean time, thousands in the houseless community are facing the cold winter temperatures as they continue life outside, and the Haglund’s are collecting what DESC has deemed “Survival Items” which help to better the changes of survival while a person waits for permanent housing.  

Now, until November 23rd, you can drop your donation off at the Windermere Greenwood office, located at 311 N 85th Street in Seattle from 9am-5pm.  Can’t make it during the week? No problem! On Saturday, November 20th from 11am to 3pm, stop by their Pop-up & Drop-off event at the NW corner of Woodland Park between the West Playground & the Bear Parking Lot. Bring your donated items and go home with a gifted personal pie (while supplies last) from Ala Mode Pies in Phinney.  Every donor will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win a full-sized holiday pies, just in time for Thanksgiving

Organizer Ashli Haglund commented “This is a great opportunity to extend a small gesture of kindness and generosity to a community who is often overlooked, misjudged and forgotten. We have the ability to change lives, and we’re asking for your help. A little goes a long way, and we hope to see you at Woodland Park on November 20th!”

DESC is an award-winning local non-profit organization who works around the clock to end homelessness in Seattle.  In 1979, they opened an emergency shelter in the ballroom of Pioneer Square’s Morrison Hotel.  They served 200 people that evening, and haven’t closed their door even one night since.  To address both an affordable housing shortage and a public health crisis, DESC has committed to opening a number of supportive housing apartment buildings throughout Seattle.  In addition, they provide medical and mental health services, addiction support and counseling, crisis response, employment support and training, and permanent housing. In 2018, they opened The Estelle, providing 91 apartments and transitioning people into a life away from homelessness.  In 2019, they opened Clement Place, with 100 permanent housing apartments.