Sumi Toonoka and Mariel Rowland on right serving food. • Photo by April Brown
Sumi Toonoka and Mariel Rowland (on the right) serve food to Nickelsville residents on November 26, 2014. • Photo by April Brown

Volunteers prepared a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal for residents of Nickelsville on November 26 at the ID Community Center. The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) organized the volunteers who prepared turkeys, hams, and side dishes for the residents of Nickelsville. Blankets, warm coats, socks, gloves and toiletries were also passed out. Chris Koh, owner of the property at 1010 S. Dearborn, was on hand to greet the guests. Sharon Lee, LIHI Executive Director, thanked the Seattle Parks Department for making the community center space available.

On November 24, the Seattle City Council voted on the 2015-16 budget, which included $200,000 to help tent cities and encampments such as Nickelsville cover cost for utilities, trash collection, honey buckets, and other needs. This is the first time in history the Council has included operating costs for tent cities in the city budget.

Donations of family sized tents, blankets, warm clothing, and food can be dropped off at the corner of 10th Ave S. and S. Dearborn St. Donate online at:

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