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Capers in the Alaska Junction will serve as a West Seattle collection site for Real Change's 3rd ANNUAL “SURVIVING THE STREETS” GEAR GIVEAWAY on THANKSGIVING .

“Surviving the Streets”, Real Change Thanksgiving gear giveaway; drop-off at Capers


West Seattle Collection site:

Capers Home
4525 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-0371
Hours: Sun 11:00 5:00pm
Mon-Sat 10:00 6:00pm

Real Change, in association with Patti Dunn and, will play host to the 3rd annual “Surviving the Streets” gear giveaway this Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. The giveaway distributes donated cold-weather items such as sleeping bags and jackets to homeless and low-income adults in Seattle. The giveaway will be held at the Real Change office, 96 S. Main St., in Pioneer Square. The giveaway runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., noon.

This year, local meteorologists are predicting another La Niña winter, with the likelihood of heavy rains, strong winds and at least one major snowfall in the region. To ensure people who sleep outside can brave the elements, Real Change and its partners hope to serve 250 people.

To reach this goal of offering 250 homeless and poor people cold-weather gear, Real Change relies on items donated by the community. Real Change plans to supply some of the donated items to clients of two other Pioneer Square organizations, the Bread of Life Mission and Compass Center. For the 2011 “Surviving the Streets” giveaway, Real Change seeks donations of the following items:

• Sleeping bags • Tarps • Warm blankets

• Men’s jackets • Men’s fleece jacket liners • Men’s socks

• Backpacks • Duffle bags • Ponchos

Though Real Change will be hosting the event, it will not be accepting donations. Instead, donations will be welcomed at various drop-off locations around Seattle until Sun., Nov. 20. To find the nearest drop-off location or learn more about “SURVIVING THE STREETS,” visit

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