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Foulies for the Homeless

Published on November 15th, 2015

The Bridge Care Center provides services for men and women experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the Seattle area. Supporting the facility is Sail Northwest, a boat broker in the region, who has organized an innovated donation drive…
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Everybody has some old foulies hanging in their closet or in their hanging locker on the boat, maybe some boxed up in the attic or garage. Maybe they’re just too big now after you’ve lost all that weight last year…:) You’ve had them for years, you don’t use them, don’t fit any longer and aren’t good enough to sell. Don’t take them to a for profit charity, bring them to Sail Northwest and we’ll put together truckloads of old gear to take over to The Bridge Care Center where they will be lovingly given out to people in our community that are in need and asking for help.

When delivering the donated gear and clothing in 2014 I learned that The Bridge Care Center not only supports the homeless and less fortunate but they help place people in jobs, many of which are on the fishing boats docked at Fisherman’s Terminal. The ability to place someone in a job on a boat and then hand them over some foulies and boots gives them the best feeling in the world.

I’m proud to think that with your help we are able to give the folks at the Bridge Care Center that wonderful gift.

So as you sit there reading this promotion take a moment to think about that old stuff you have sitting around, Jackets, Bibs, Smocks, Hats, Gloves, Boots, Under layers, Blankets, Sleeping Bags, Jackets, etc., if it’s warm or waterproof throw it in your car and bring it by Sail Northwest the next time you come to Shilshole. We’ll do the rest. Help us help our community with your old gear.

The success of this program over the past two years has been nothing short of amazing and heartwarming. But the support we have received already this year is nothing short of stupendous! In the past few years this drive has been from Thanksgiving to Christmas, yet by Mid-Summer 2015 people have started bringing in foul weather gear, boots and warm or dry layers by the bag full.
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Are there other examples like this where the sailing community is connecting with the societal needs of its region?

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