Fundraisers go above and beyond

December 24, 2013


Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School students have gone above and beyond in their three fundraisers so far this year.

Stuff the Bus was a toy drive for Seattle Children’s. For a week, students stuffed a bus full of toys and books for the children at the hospital. In addition, many took the time to write kind notes to patients.

“Seattle Children’s was very appreciative and they even wrote an article about Issaquah High School’s donation in the magazine they publish,” junior Suzy Emerson, Associated Student Body representative, said.

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Every penny counts for Merry Christmas Issaquah fund

December 17, 2013

New Issaquah resident Michelle Whitehead’s entire life was tucked away in a Milton storage unit.

It’s where the single mom of two children kept her assets after she lost her job and her Pierce County residence.

“I had my personal belongings there and furniture. The entire house was in there,” she said.

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December 17, 2013

Christmas fund keeps giving all year long

Not all Christmas wish lists are created equal.

A single mom just wants to be sure we don’t have another cold spell this winter or the electric bill won’t get paid. An elderly man living on Social Security could sure use a new pair of reading glasses. A young couple with new jobs is doing well with loan payments — but now the car needs repairs to get them to their jobs. One of four kids in a family has medical problems that have overwhelmed the family budget and an eviction notice is in the mail.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah brings holiday warmth

December 10, 2013

As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.

Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.

“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”

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Tiger Mountain school hosts rummage sale

December 10, 2013

Tiger Mountain Community High School’s class of 2014, in an effort to raise funds for its leadership and culminating project programs, is hosting a rummage sale.

The sale is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and from noon to Dec. 15 at Tiger Mountain Community High School, 355 S.E. Evans St.

The funds will specifically be used for high interest reading materials and peripherals to encourage reading and increase performance in school and on state assessment tests.


Merry Christmas fund helps Issaquah families at the brink

December 3, 2013

The people that turn to Issaquah Community Services for assistance are often in dire need.

These are families that could lose their home if the nonprofit didn’t step in with the next payment; these are people who would live without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t exist.

Just ask Maria, an Issaquah resident who recently received a helping hand from the organization that provides emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions. (Maria’s last name isn’t being used for her safety.)

“The people that are going to ICS, they really, really need help,” she said.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah assists families in need

November 26, 2013

When popular Bellevue eatery Lil’ Jon restaurant went up in flames June 13, it was a heartbreaking blow for regulars that frequented the spot, known for its breakfasts.

It was even worse for Issaquah resident and Lil’ Jon server Marita Davidson, who temporarily lost her job, as the restaurant underwent a major rehabilitation.

“It’s been there so long and nothing tragic has ever happened there before, so we were all in shock and devastated by that,” she said. “It was hard to regroup after that with the loss of income.”

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Issaquah Christian Church hosts Thanksgiving fundraiser

November 26, 2013

Issaquah Christian Church’s 11th annual One Meal, One Hope Challenge fundraiser returns this Thanksgiving with the aim of buying meals for everyone at the Union Gospel Mission.

Since 2003, the challenge has raised more than $61,000, used to purchase more than 34,000 meals for those in need at the mission.

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Friends of Youth hosts breakfast to support counseling for youth

November 26, 2013

Friends of Youth hosts the Youth and Family Services Fundraising Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Registration starts 7 a.m.

The event is to help increase counseling support for youths in the Issaquah school community and raise awareness of the many services and programs Friends of Youth provides to support parents, families, children and youths.

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College-bound graduate seeks help for buying an assistance van

November 26, 2013

Local volunteers hope to make a college transition easy for one student.

Jae Kim graduated from Issaquah High School this year and is excited about starting Bellevue College in January. She has cerebral palsy, and while Issaquah High School provided assistance in transportation, she will need to find her own way to future education.

By Peter Clark Jae Kim (center) hopes to have transportation for her power wheelchair and communication device as she starts taking classes at Bellevue College. Her mother Ji Yang (left), and friends Jody Mull and Lisa Gaan are working to make that a reality by raising money from the community.

By Peter Clark
Jae Kim (center) hopes to have transportation for her power wheelchair and communication device as she starts taking classes at Bellevue College. Her mother Ji Yang (left), and friends Jody Mull and Lisa Gaan are working to make that a reality by raising money from the community.

In response, a group of local residents have started a campaign to raise $50,000 to buy Kim and her family a gently used van, complete with lift assistance. They hope to find help from the community to take this large worry off Kim’s entry into college.

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