Volunteers with Project Beauty Share organize donated personal-care items. - YOUNG KWAK
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Volunteers with Project Beauty Share organize donated personal-care items.

Do you know someone who likes to spend their weekends volunteering with local organizations or who talks incessantly about how "capitalistic" Christmas is nowadays? Give them the gift that keeps on going and will make you and them feel warm and fuzzy inside too.


Lost or neglected furry friends find shelter at the Spokane Humane Society, where the goal is to make Spokane a more humane community where animals are treated with compassion and respect. You can sponsor an animal or pick up pet supplies such as cat litter or pet food to donate to be used at the shelter. Spokane Humane Society6607 N. Havanaspokanehumanesociety.org467-5235


Located on 319 acres, the Hutton Settlement provides a long-term alternative home for children ages 5-18 in need of a safe and healthy home. Its staff work with these kids to live an independent and fulfilled life of value and contribution. The best way to help is through donating to one of the Settlement's many funds for the children: general, scholarship, activities and special interests. Hutton Settlement • 9907 E. Wellesley • huttonsettlement.org • 926-1027


Opened in 1981 to serve the neighborhoods of West Central, Emerson-Garfield and Audubon/Downriver, the West Central Community Center provides child care, health care and youth recreation and development and supportive services for developmentally disabled adults. You can support the West Central Community Center while doing your holiday shopping on Amazon through AmazonSmile. Select West Central Community Center on AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the total for eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WCCC. West Central Community Center • 1603 N. Belt St. • westcentralcc.org • 326-9540


Project Beauty Share collects personal care items and makeup for women who have been displaced or escaped violent situations. All the items collected are given to shelters, homes and organizations in Spokane and across the country. You can donate your unused women's personal care items at their office or various locations listed on their website. If Amazon is more your style, there's an online list of items they're in need of. Project Beauty Share • 2718 E. Sprague • projectbeautyshare.org • 455-3537


Serving homeless or displaced youth, Cup of Cool Water provides safe haven for teens who live on the street. The organization provides meals, showers, job training, clothing, mentorship, outdoor adventures and referral services to get homeless teens on their feet again. In addition to these services, Cup of Cool Water runs Cool Water Bikes which provides bikes, bike repairs and gives opportunities for youth to get job training. Bike donations are welcome along with clothes, personal care items and office supplies. A full list is available online. Cup of Cool Water • 1106 W. Second • cupofcoolwater.org • 747-6686

World Relief Spokane seeks to resettle refugees from around the world into life in Spokane. - YOUNG KWAK
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World Relief Spokane seeks to resettle refugees from around the world into life in Spokane.


Amidst the greatest refugee crisis in history, World Relief Spokane seeks to resettle refugees from around the world into life in Spokane. As part of resettlement, World Relief Spokane also provides citizenship classes, employment services and immigration and legal services. Most refugees come with only one suitcase of possessions and World Relief Spokane provides them with the things they need. Consider donating new or used items from their list online, ranging from clothing to appliances, or items from its Amazon wish list, or make a welcome kit for a refugee. World Relief Spokane • 1522 N. Washington, Suite 200 • worldreliefspokane.org • 484-9829


Serving both Pullman and Moscow, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse helps individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse and stalking. ATVP provides 24-hour emergency and supportive services and seeks to create a safe and equitable community through prevention and education. Donate supplies for their emergency shelter such as unopened socks, underwear and bras or gift certificates for haircuts for its clients. A full list is available online. Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse • 115 NW State St., Room 305A, Pullman • atvp.org • 332-4357


The North Idaho Crisis Center serves Idaho's 10 northern counties and provides assistance for people over 18 who need help with behavioral health or substance abuse issues. Those in crisis can come and talk with a mental health specialist or receive help finding housing, food, medical care or other help. Pick up some personal care items such as toothpaste and soap and create a personal hygiene kit or food bag for the crisis center. A full list is available online. North Idaho Crisis Center • 2195 Ironwood Court, Suite D, Coeur d'Alene • nicrisiscenter.org • 208-625-4884

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