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Thanks to donors like you, #bigthanks has now delivered over 3,500 meals to first responders and hard-hit communities throughout the Puget Sound. 10 Seattle fire stationsEvergreen Hospital, KirklandBackpack BrigadeSaya-Valley Medical CenterMulticareUW CustodiansSeattle Police DepartmentSt. Joe’sHighline HospitalSeattle Children’s Hospital South ClinicBoys & Girls Club Snohomish CountyMedic One FoundationPediatric Interim CareYMCA SeaTacOverlake HospitalPeaks and Pints Ronnie and Shannon, at Shawn O’Donnell’s downtown restaurant, who helped us feed 200 night shift workers at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland and…

Do you have a wifi-capable laptop, notebook or tablet that you’re no longer using? Consider getting in touch with Seattle resident Adam Tratt, whose family is gathering and distributing laptops to schoolkids in need. I reached out to Adam (a good friend), who tells me it all began earlier this week with this story in the Seattle Times: “Confusion and Uncertainty on First Day of Mandated Remote Learning for Washington Stchool Districts.” He reached out…

The high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage locally and around the world for caregivers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, founder of Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI), heard the call and is responding with a nimble pivot that saves lives and jobs. “To tackle this unprecedented situation, RAI has teamed up with medical professionals and clinics to design and produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such…

Photographer Michelle Enebo puts down her camera to focus on the current needs of the community. #bigthanks to her for mobilizing a well-networked Issaquah Highlands community via GoFundMe and enlisting the help of the area’s favorite restaurants to bring medical teams at Swedish Issaquah 80 meals per shift every other day. “I’m not a caterer, but I thought if we can support our restaurants at the same time we support our medical teams, this could be a win-win!” All…

Here’s a clever idea for those of you living in high-rise buildings: get a coordinator to organize regular (e.g., weekly or twice per week) deliveries from local restaurants you love. Have them drop it off at a known location in the building, and pick it up for reheating. Tips: You’ll need to coordinate payment from residents. You can use Venmo, for instance, or good old fashioned checks. I strongly suggest you get first three payments…

A major private philanthropic initiative, AllInSeattle was launched today. They’re raising funds for some of the most impactful and effective charities in the community; it’s a great way to ensure your dollars go to good use in sustaining and rebuilding the community. From AllInSeattle: We’re a coalition of concerned and motivated community members who, like you, want to help our neighbors through the COVID-19 pandemic. A couple of us who have partnered together over the…