By Joseph Schell
Seattle Centers Sharing Gift Box
Looking for some way to give to the needy during the holidays? Here is one very easy way you can do just that. Sharing Gift Box is the Seattle Center’s way of connecting the needy with the community.
This is how it works 10-15 organizations that represent homelessness, seniors, teens, or family issues are chosen and contacted. Members of the assisted homes, shelters, daycares and variety of other outlets are given a chance to tell what they need in their life and what they want. A card is then filled out and posted on the internet on the Seattle Center Website.
You as a community member get on there site and choose a recipient whose wishes you can fulfill over the holidays. You hit the stores, buy the gift or gifts and bring them to Seattle Center wrapped. The Seattle Center will then distribute them to the organizations.
If The Seattle Center wasn’t doing enough already, Sharing Gift Box promises that every wish that it has committed to will be fulfilled. This is one of the more unusual aspects about the program; most places if the funds are there then they go and get it. Sharing Gift Box makes it happen, if they don’t have the funds aboard they step and do something, which usually means one of the staff members is taking care of it.
The Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams explains how they take it a step even further and the important role their efforts have,
“We have an executive team member who puts together all the gifted bicycles. He and his family come down and assemble all the bicycles. My own daughter is organizing the neighborhood kids to come down and do all the wrapping.
It becomes another tradition, a really important tradition. It’s important that people understand that they’re giving back to the community. Sharing Gift Box gives us an opportunity to give back to the community.”
To put it in some sort of magnitude, the last couple years Sharing Gift Box fulfilled around 1,500 wishes. This year with the staff shrinking they’ve committed to doing 800 with the hope of fulfilling 1,200 wishes.
For a chance to fulfill a wish and learn more about this visit
Other giving opportunities-
Pike Place Market Foundation’s Giving Tree
Beginning Friday, November 23rd, two Giving Trees located in the Market’s DownUnder (between Hands of the World & The Magic Shop and in the Economy Building Atrium) will be decorated with holiday wishes from low-income Market residents and members, clients and students of the Pike Market Senior Center, Medical Clinic, Food Bank, Child Care & Preschool and Heritage House at the Market.
For just $40 you can help brighten their holiday season by selecting a wish from the Giving Tree and returning your wrapped gift or gift card by Tuesday, December 18th.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Market Foundation directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 206.774.5262. For a map of Pike Place Market visit www.pikeplacemarket.org
Habitat for Humanity
You can honor a loved one with a holiday gift that lasts a lifetime. Your gift will go toward building simple decent affordable housing for low-income families. We will mail a card acknowledging your thoughtful gift. For cards to be mailed by December 21, requests must be received by December 17th.