Photos by Steve Shay
BEFORE & AFTER: Leon Davis, originally from Harrison, Arkansas, has lived in the West Seattle homeless encampment, Nickelsville, for five months after getting laid off by Genie Industries, Inc., in Redmond. He receives a free haircut from Kim-Hoa Pham, Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle. Members visited Nickelsville Thanksgiving and served food, supplied flu shots and cut hair for free. Kim-Hoa Pham is Chair, Vietnamese Women Association, Washington.
Nickelsville residents thankful for visit by Vietnamese community, others, providing food, clothes, flu shots & haircuts
Members of the Vietnamese Cultural Center based in West Seattle returned to Nickelsville for another Thanksgiving, with hot meals, haircuts, and flu shots, all free to the homeless residents camped there. It was especially rough on the residents when the camp flooded Monday night.
Thanks to sump pumps and the cooperation of the weather the camp is relatively dry. As a result of the flood there were water-damaged pallets, blankets, clothes, and food. When word got out of their circumstance, many generous folks from West Seattle and beyond dropped off items.
Furry Faces Foundation's Teri Ensley of West Seattle, was on hand distributing supplies collected by patrons of the Hotwire Cafe near the Alaska Junction. Ensley is best know for her advocacy for animals.
"I help people, too," she said. "It's great to see all this giving today because it brings peoples' needs to the public. But there are needs every single day. The city could do some things here so it wouldn't flood. They could provide utilities, water, some electricity. I know they don't want to because they're worried about legalities and getting sued, but they should be able to work something out."