A big loss for Mary’s Place – Margo the Cargo Van

UPDATE!!! After Alison Grande at KIRO TV ran a story about Margo last night we received 20 donations – one was a $10,000 gift from an individual hero, and one was a $25,000 gift from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound! We are so grateful to all who contributed!! Margo will be back soon!

We were so fond of her and so grateful for the help she provided Mary’s Place that we gave her an affectionate name, Margo the Cargo Van. Sadly, the insurance company has just given us the bad news that Margo is totaled – and ours no more.

In the year or so that we had her, we came to depend on Margo to bring food to our shelters, pick up milk for the children, move families into their forever homes, and so much more.

Margo caught fire at Mary’s Place in July – our best guess is that a firework accidentally rolled underneath the van and went off. We hoped she could be repaired, but she was declared a total loss.

Margo came to us from Campbell Nelson, who generously donated her in the form of a two-year lease after we won an online voting contest last summer. Campbell Nelson has come to our rescue again! This time they will give us $10,000 toward a new van to call our own if we can raise $10,000 to match their donation.

We’ve grown to depend on Margo in so many ways to help our families. Can you help Mary’s Place get back on the road again? Click here to make a donation to the Replace Margo fund!

Thank you so much for your generosity and support!

Back to School Supplies Drive

It’s hard to face the idea that summer is coming to an end, but in homes around the country, families are organizing supplies and back packs for that looming first day of school. At Mary’s Place, it’s no different! More than 100 kids of all ages visit Mary’s Place with their families each day and most of them will be heading off to school next month. We need lots and lots of notebooks, paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, calculators, and backpacks! Here are a couple of ways that you can help:

image004Check out our SCHOOL WISH LIST  at Amazon Smile! And when you buy from Amazon Smile and select Mary’s Place as your charity of choice, a percentage of your purchase prices goes to help homeless families! Click on Wish List and search for Mary’s Place Seattle to find our school supply list.

On Wednesday, August 19th from 4-6PM stop by the #marysplacemoms School Supplies Drive in the parking lot of the Mary’s Place Family Center (13oth & Aurora Ave.). Join Diono, maker of child car seats and accessories, and Brooke and her team from Movin 92.5 and help us get our kids ready for school! Come by to drop off school supplies, enter a raffle for a Diono car seat, and meet our families!

On the Eastside? Join 92.5 Morning Show hosts Brook & Jubal at the Wilde Rover every thursday in August from 5-7pm. Everyone who brings in back to school supplies to donate to Mary’s Place gets a free order of crisps with beer cheese appetizer!

Thank you for your help filling this very important need!