While we have been encouraging people to “Shop Hyperlocal” and support our local businesses, we haven’t lost sight of the fact that this is the season of giving. So we’ve compiled a list of ways that you can “Give Hyperlocal” — with a focus on those organizations that give so much to our community, and could use our help. This list is by no means comprehensive — if we’ve missed a worthy Edmonds-based “good cause,” please include it in the comments section or email it to [email protected]
Just Frogs Toads Too: Thayer Cueter, director of this amphibian and reptile rescue and educational center on the Edmonds waterfront, has created a wish list for gift cards or donations of the following: Petco (Aquariums, pumps, filters, basking lights, bulbs, crickets, worms), PCC (to cover Vegetables and fruit for the box turtles), Trader Joe’s (to cover vegetables and fruit for the box turtles), Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics (Arts and crafts supplies for classes), Office Max (office supplies and fliers), fuel (to keep the Magic Frog Bus a running to outreach programs), Bow Wow or Campbell Nelson (To tune up the Magic Frog Bus), Home Depot (work benches for aquariums, lights), Smiley Dog in Edmonds (dog food and treats for the 4-legged visitors and turtles). Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Just Frogs Toads Too, 300 Admiral Way, Ste. 104, Edmonds, WA 98020.
Turkey, Ham and Bucks — no Clucks Campaign for the Edmonds Food Bank: Edmonds business owner Angie Bryant is on a mission to secure 400 hams and turkeys, or donations to buy them, for the upcoming holiday meal being distributed by the food bank.If you are willing to help, you can contact Bryant at 425-408-3367 or email her at [email protected]. She will pick up your donated hams or turkeys and store them in a freezer — made available by Jacquie Cliff of Champions Real Estate Services in Edmonds — until the holidays. Or you can donate cash or checks (made out to the Edmonds Food Bank) to Bryant, which she is also happy to pick up, or you can mail them to 20021 83rd Ave. W., Edmonds, WA 98026
Edmonds Community Foundation: This volunteer-run foundation focuses on creating community connections, especially those that benefit children and the elderly. Programs include intergenerational chess, community gardening and cooking; youth fitness and nutrition; and Bottomless Backpacks Food for Youth through the Edmonds School District. Donations can be made online here.
The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation: A community-based non-profit, volunteers for this foundation raise money to “fill the gap” by funding projects that are not covered by state and federal monies, such as science text books, math and science software, math manipulative (for teaching primary school math) and accessible playground equipment. They also provide scholarships for summer school and give new teachers funds to help set up their classrooms. Donate online here.
The Edmonds Museum relies on the generosity of the community to continue its work of preserving and documenting Edmonds’ history. You can support the museum in three ways: memberships, admissions and unrestricted gifts. Donations can be mailed to the Edmonds Historical Museum, P.O. Box 52, Edmonds, WA 98020 or via Paypal.
The Edmonds Mural Society is committed to celebrating the beauty, history and people of Edmonds by raising murals throughout the city. The Mural Society is funded entirely by citizen donations, and membership starts at just $20 per year. Donations can be made here.