Merry Christmas Issaquah helps new resident get on her feet

December 16, 2014

Shannon Winkler has called Issaquah home for only a few weeks, but already, she knows it’s a special place.

It’s a place filled with people and nonprofit organizations that take care of their own through good times and bad.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah offers hope

December 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2014

Issaquah Community Services comes into a family’s life when they need it most.

The people that the nonprofit supports are not residents looking for a handout, they are men and women who are simply looking to survive amidst a harrowing set of circumstances.

“We are getting families coming that are so desperate, they have completely exhausted everything,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Luncheon raises more than $225,000 for Eastside Baby Corner

December 9, 2014

A luncheon held Nov. 14 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue raised more than $225,000 for local nonprofit Eastside Baby Corner.

The amount exceeds the fundraising goal set by the organization that provides goods to King County children in need.

The vast majority of the items EBC distributes to children come in as donations from the community; however there are some items, like diapers and formula, that cannot be received as used goods, though they are absolutely essential for kids.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps residents at their lowest

December 3, 2014

The clients that come to Issaquah Community Services are often at one of the lowest points in their lives.

It’s the single mother struggling to find money for rent; it’s the family about to endure long nights without electricity or water; and it’s the job seeker that needs money for gas or bus fare just to make it to his or her interview.

“Helping nearly 500 families get by every single year is the sole reason why we exist,” said Lori Birrell, ICS board president.

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Editorial — Merry Christmas drive goal is $100,000

December 3, 2014

It’s the time of year when people really think about giving: buying presents for various holidays and making charitable contributions before the end of the year so they can count them on their taxes.

So, it’s the perfect time to think about the people every week needing help who walk through the doors of Issaquah Community Services.

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Salvation Army, Bartell team to present Toy ‘N Joy

November 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2014

Bartell Drugs is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its annual Salvation Army Toy ‘N Joy drive, through Dec. 13.

The toy donations will be accepted at Bartell Drugs locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The Issaquah location is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

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Donate now to Clothes for a Cause fundraiser at Issaquah High School

November 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2014

The Issaquah High School Booster Club and the Associated Student Body are holding a Clothes for a Cause fundraiser through Nov. 22.

Items that will be accepted: clothing of any kind/condition, shoes of any kind/condition, towels, rags, sheets, blankets, quilts, bedspreads, belts, purses, gloves, hats, curtains, drapery, throw rugs, bath mats, outdoor rugs, table cloths, placemats and stuffed animals.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah helps replace losses

November 18, 2014

Cynthia Jackson lost all of her belongings when a pipe burst in her Bellevue home, flooding her bathroom and forcing the single mom to pick up the pieces.

The strife didn’t end there, though. A mold problem made her family sick, so she had no choice but to uproot her life from Bellevue to Issaquah.

“We had to abandon ship and leave everything behind, and I ended up in an apartment in Issaquah with nothing,” she said.

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Sammamish running store hosts fundraising Turkey Trot

November 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 22, 2014

Local runners and walkers can get their Thanksgiving festivities off to a healthy starts at the third annual Plateau Runner Turkey Trot.

Proceeds from the run benefit Eastlake High School’s Marty O’Connor Scholarship Fund for student athletes.

The 4-mile, family friendly run starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 29. The flat route begins and ends at Plateau Runner, the locally owned and operated specialty running store on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah supports important need

November 11, 2014

By all outward appearances, Issaquah and its surroundings seem quite affluent.

Yet, there are still lines at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and a steady stream of aid requests coming into local organizations.

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