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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…

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…

Several hospitals are calling on the public to make masks. Healthcare workers are not only dealing with a shortage of masks but also surgical gowns and protective eyewear. Hospital workers in Washington state have been making protective medical gear out of office supplies and other run-of-the-mill materials as they deal with a severe shortage of equipment needed to care for patients who may have COVID-19. Providence Hospital in Renton WA, Deaconess Hospital in Indiana are…

Idea #bigthanks is about turning gratitude into productive action. We want to help the helpers, those first responders, doctors, and nurses on the front lines. At the same time, we want to pass along some much-needed revenue to struggling restaurants and food service workers. So we thought, can we raise donations and cater to the helpers? The answer is yes, and done right, they really appreciate it. My friend Michelle Rudd had the brilliant inspiration…

Idea Local businesses are in a cash crunch. Many will not survive. You can ease the blow by contacting your favorite local eateries and service providers and pre-pay for meals and things you’d like to enjoy in the future. Considerations The businesses might not be in business in the future. You need to assess your willingness to help out and risk you’re taking with the truly powerful idea of helping a struggling business with your…