Saturday, November 22, 2008

Important Harvest

While just about everyone is impacted by the economic situation, last week, I witnessed first hand the willingness of the Renton community to help out others. For National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, Way Back Inn volunteers arranged to have a food and housing supply drive at the Fred Meyer in Renton Center. WBI has a number of houses in Renton (also some in Kent and Tukwila) for homeless families with children.

WBI provided a simple list of items needed for the Renton food bank and for WBI houses. The community generously filled two large grocery carts with 375 items plus some cash donations! (I also noticed the number of reusable shopping bags going in and out, although the donations above show a lot of plastic).

Way Back Inn is a volunteer lead organization that offers 3 months housing, sometimes more, to homeless families with children who are working to reach a more stable housing and employment situation. It only takes about $20 to provide a day & night of housing and utilities for a family staying with Way Back Inn and it can make such a difference in the lives of the children.

You can visit the Way Back Inn website here.

Another upcoming Renton event...
Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Anthony's Church
You are invited to join other Renton residents at St. Anthony's Church (416 S. Fourth, Renton) for a Thanksgiving Day Dinner, November 27 at 2:00pm. It is for those who want to be with other people in a non-threatening, family style, friendly environment. Those new to the area, recently divorced, experiencing loneliness and families with children are all welcome. Donations are accepted but not required. Sponsored by REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches). Volunteers and entertainment come from member churches but no religious affiliation is required.

1 comment:

Matron said...

So important for folks not to be alone when all around are celebrating. I have now posted my 'Norfolk Million Pie' recipe. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.