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Here are 5 ways you can give back to Seattle’s less fortunate this winter

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A great way to get into the holiday spirit is by giving back to those who need it most. And clearly, Seattle has a large homeless population that is now having to face winter. So we thought we’d give you all a few organizations that you can donate to. Whether it’s household items, monetary, or food, these organizations need your support to help Seattle’s homeless.

Urban Rest Stop

This organization provides restrooms, laundry facilities, and showers to those in need for free. And these services are vital in helping keep people healthy, happy, and “presentable” to the outside world. Right now they are in need of monetary donations and winter items like gloves, coats, ponchos, and warm hats.

YouthCare

As the name suggests, this organization focuses on helping homeless youth or those facing becoming homeless. Right now they are in need of hygiene items, non-perishable snacks, food and snacks, and new or lightly used warm weather gear. And chances are that we all have a few of these items lying around the house.

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Northwest Harvest

If you got overzealous with canned food purchases at the start of the pandemic you can redistribute those purchases to those in need. Because Northwest Harvest needs your shelf-stable and non-perishable food. So check those cabinets and see what you can give.

Operation Nightwatch

This organization aims to help Seattle’s homeless in a multitude of ways. They offer food and shelter, housing, and street ministry to those interested. And right now they need warm winter gear, socks, gift cards, and more. Not to mention, they also have an Amazon wishlist that you can shop if you don’t have these items at home!

Recovery Cafe

This local organization helps people heal from trauma, addiction, homelessness, or a combination of all of the above. And above all, they provide a safe, non-judgmental, and healing atmosphere to those who need it most. Right now they are looking for volunteers and for monetary donations.

We hope that this list gives you a place to start when looking to give back. And be sure to do your own research as well because Seattle has many amazing nonprofits. With that in mind, be sure to check out each organization’s donation policies as they have most likely changed due to COVID-19. Have a great weekend and remember to be a light to others.