Did you know that the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (IFCB) needs new toy and gift donations for kids?
This holiday season, Grand Ridge Plaza is partnering with IFCB to host a toy and gift drive to make holiday wishes come true.
From November 17 through December 4, you’re invited to choose a gift tag from the Giving Tree located next to Regal Cinemas and donate the item. Donations can be dropped off inside Regal Cinemas, and Santa’s elves will ensure safe delivery to IFCB.
Each donation will be given to a child whose family may not have the funds for new gifts. Kids may be in a foster home or temporary housing—somewhere where access to toys is limited.
Last year, IFCB provided gifts to more than 1,300 kids in the Issaquah School District. In 2017, IFCB will once again host the Holiday Gift Barn, where adult family members can select the perfect gift for every child in the family. With the community’s support, the Holiday Gift Barn will be filled with new toys, games, clothing and stocking stuffers donated during the toy and gift drive.
Giving Tree Lighting: FREE event! Join the community at the lighting of the Giving Tree to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 17. Enjoy performances by the choirs of Clark Elementary School and Liberty High School. Indulge in free treats and sweets from Grand Ridge Plaza restaurants and more at the plaza next to Regal Cinemas.
Choosing a gift to donate is easy: Choose a gift tag from the Giving Tree or select an item that you know kids love—something that’s a tried and true favorite in your home.
Donation guidelines: Toys must be new and unwrapped. Popular gifts include board games (Monopoly, Battleship, etc.), card games such as UNO, art supplies, puzzles, books, and scrapbooking supplies. For older children and teens, the most desired gifts including curling irons, hair straighteners, makeup and hair products. Warm jackets and hoodies are also popular. Gifts can vary in price and value; there’s no minimum value.
Donation drop off: From November 17 to December 4, donations can be dropped off at Grand Ridge Plaza inside Regal Cinemas. After November 24, you can also drop off gifts inside Santa’s cabin. Santa’s elves will ensure that donations are safely delivered to IFCB.
Thank you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!
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Known for being a good neighbor, HomeStreet Bank focuses its community efforts on meeting housing and shelter needs in the communities it serves. The bank supports a variety of charitable organizations that help individuals and families with emergency shelter and affordable housing—organizations such as the YWCA Family Village Issaquah (FVI), which is adjacent to Grand Ridge Plaza.
Today, many East King County residents face the possibility of homelessness due to factors including medical emergencies, layoffs and increasingly high rents. At FVI, working families, people with disabilities and seniors pay rents at a reduced-market rate, enabling them to live in a community they otherwise could not afford. Supportive services are also offered to everyone at the 146-unit apartment village.
For the past two years, HomeStreet Bank’s Grand Ridge Plaza branch has worked in partnership with FVI to lend a helping hand to its neighbors. HomeStreet recently donated $5,000 to FVI’s child and youth services program; a donation that will make an impact in areas of education, youth development and programming.
HomeStreet Branch Manager Srini Anandakumar and Customer Service Supervisor Autum Paschich announced the donation at FVI’s Cultural Festival, a follow-up event to the national YWCA’s Stand Against Racism campaign. FVI shared that the grant will support summer camps, homework clubs and tutoring, and after-school programs. These programs are tailored to youth and offer opportunities to have fun and learn, while building self-esteem, confidence, and social-emotional skills.
This summer, HomeStreet is celebrating the second year of its Vote Your Heart giving campaign, an online contest where the public votes for competing local organizations to decide where HomeStreet should allocate charitable donations. In 2016, HomeStreet donated $159,000 to 26 charitable organizations that focus on shelter, housing and community building.
“Through the Vote Your Heart campaign, HomeStreet Bank has the opportunity to raise awareness of the work local non-profit organizations are doing in our communities,” said Mark Mason, HomeStreet’s president and CEO. “This campaign is great because it provides an opportunity for the public to have a direct impact on our community donations.”
For 2017, HomeStreet ran the campaign in Puget Sound, Eastern Washington, Portland, Hawaii and California. Three organizations competed in each region, and every organization received a donation. The prize amounts were $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place. The three organizations chosen for the Puget Sound region included Food Lifeline, Vision House and Neighborhood House.READ MORE
Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, reunion with friends or a family celebration, there are many reasons to smile. Making people smile is every dentist’s goal, and one that Dr. Eric Miller at Issaquah Highlands Dental Group takes to heart. Since opening at Grand Ridge Plaza in 2015, the practice has spread smiles by donating dental treatment to local residents on its annual We Serve Day.
During its upcoming We Serve Day on August 19, the practice will provide free dental services to people who have not been able to see a dentist regularly or who cannot afford treatment. After years of living in pain and discomfort, some patients may need advanced procedures such as root canals and crowns, while others will simply benefit from cleanings. The team will work with patients to alleviate dental fears and anxieties about the appearance of their teeth, helping to restore their oral health and overall well-being.
“My staff and I strive to provide an environment for patients from a range of backgrounds to have access to dental care,” said Dr. Miller. “The annual ‘We Serve Day’ allows us and other clinicians in the office to provide access to those existing patients who need a helping hand and smile again.”
We Serve Day is a nationwide initiative of more than 490 dental practices. Each year, dental care teams serve more than 2,200 patients, providing more than $4 million in donated dentistry. For its We Serve Day, Issaquah Highlands Dental Group has partnered with Issaquah-area organizations, such as youth centers, nonprofit organizations and churches, to identify individuals in need of basic dental care. Patients will receive pro bono services ranging from exams and digital x-rays to extractions and restorations. Now that’s something to make everyone smile!
About Issaquah Highlands Dental Group
Issaquah Highlands Dental Group is home to two general dentists, as well as an oral surgeon, periodontist and endodontist. Open Monday through Friday, Issaquah Highlands Dental Group offers early morning and evening appointments, and provides a broad spectrum of general dentistry for patients ages three and up. To learn more, visit issaquahhighlandsdentalgroup.com.