NK Fishline Toy Shop Now Taking Donations

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The North Kitsap Fishline Toy Shop allows parents served by the food bank to personally choose the gifts that would bring the most joy to their children. Santa’s elves will assist the parents in making their selections from donated new toys, books, games, and clothing. Items for infants through adolescents are needed. Gift cards are especially appreciated for the older teens.

If you wish to donate new unwrapped toys, books, gift cards, games or clothing, please bring those items to one of the following collection sites no later than December 11th:

Curves​​​​​

Chamber of Commerce ​, 19351 8th Avenue, Ste 108

NK Herald​​​​, 18887 State Hwy 303

1st Security Bank​​​, 19519 7th Avenue

Farmer’s Insurance​​​, 19168 – B Jensen Way​

Sport Haus​​​​, 19505 7th Avenue​

Poulsbo Parks and Recreation, ​​19540 Front Street

Poulsbo Fire Station, ​​​911 Liberty Road

First Lutheran Church​​​, 18920 4th Avenue​

Hostmark Apartments​​​

Poulsbo Athletic Club​​​

 

For our clients: sign-ups for the Toy Shop will be taken November 15 – December 6th. Participants must live in Poulsbo or Suquamish and have ID and proof of address.

 


Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Making Every Donation Count

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Fishline is the recipient of untold expressions of generosity and support.  We are simply a conduit through which your donations are channeled to the hurting neighbors who seek our help. Without the food, monetary and material donations and the efforts of over 225 volunteers,  Fishline would cease to exist.  We acknowledge this every day and feel a sense of responsibility in assuring what has been entrusted to us will be honored, the intentions of our donors followed.

But the question that is asked often is whether the donations get to those most truly in need.  We continually ask ourselves this same question.  The problem comes in arriving upon fair and respectful ways to evaluate client need, both at the time of their first visit and upon subsequent visits. We can assure you that due diligence is taken to measure client need – when financial help is sought, an extensive screening process is undertaken which may include referrals to professional financial counselors who donate their time to help our clients.  Financial help is only available on an infrequent basis and is reserved for local clients. A cap is placed on the amount that can be approved, but often we work with other local agencies if our help is not enough to stabilize the situation.

When it comes to food, it is harder to measure eligibility.  How do we know if an individual or family is so financially strapped that a trip to the grocery store might use up funds needed for the electric bill?  How can we tell if a senior is forced to make the unbearable choice between  food or prescriptions?  A young adult “couch surfing” because they are out of work and homeless may need food from Fishline just to be able to provide for himself in a tenuous, temporary living situation.  The scenarios are as numerous as the individuals who live them.

Of the more than 100 families who visit Fishline every day, the largest majority  receive services  for a short time while life is in transition.  Jobs are landed, problems resolved, and we see these clients less and less. Others stay longer because unemployment lingers or health problems persist. But nearly all of our clients are careful to not take too much so others have enough, and many clients volunteer or donate in other ways to repay the kindness.

Certainly there are those who  could get by without our help.   We try not to let this be our focus, because we know that there are far more who could not get by without Fishline at this time in their lives.  Our doubts melt away when we see how valiantly folks face their difficulties, humble enough to ask for help when it is needed  and so thankful to receive it that tears flow.  These are the moments that keep us going, the gratitude that lets us know a genuine need has been met and the lives that are better because we are there.  


We Need Turkeys!!

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Friends, we are reaching out to you for turkey donations!! Last year we were in a bit of a bind with a turkey shortage and in the 11th hour were overwhelmed by a community who came to our rescue with enough to provide turkeys for all the families who had signed up to receive holiday baskets! 

Where can you get a good deal on a turkey? Plenty of places!! Here are some suggestions:

Safeway has turkey on sale for $.99/lb until November 22nd!! 

Albertson’s has Butterball brand turkey for $1.79/lb at least until November 13th! 

Walmart and Central Market also have great deals on this much needed item!

We have plenty of freezer space, so don’t be shy! Drop your turkeys off at the food bank — 18916 NE Third Avenue, Poulsbo.  Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday — from 10am to 3pm, and Wednesdays from 10am to 7pm! 


5th Annual Spirit of Giving Event!!

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This Saturday from 5 to 9 pm is the 5th Annual Spirit of Giving Event at the Silverdale Grange. The address is 12535 Clear Creek Road NW in Silverdale.  This is a great event for the entire family!!

For admission you can choose one of the following:

A generous bag of non-perishable food for NK Fishline. Click here for some ideas. 

A new and unwrapped toy for our Christmas toy shop drive.

A check made to your favorite charity, including NK Fishline.

Gently used items for Second Season.  (We accept clothing, home decor, small kitchen items, linens, and books in  gently used and excellent condition for resell.)  

It’s a potluck, so bring a dish to share.  

There will be dancing, a silent auction, and tons of children’s activities. This is a fun family event! Contact Claudia at 360-697-1960 or by email for more information. 


Wondering About Our Most Needed Items?

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While we accept all kinds of donations of foods, at different times of the year, we may have a higher need for specific items.  During this time period — we are collecting items that may be more needed during the holidays.  Some suggestions are: 


Chicken Broth
Cranberry Sauce
Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
Canned Fruits
Canned Vegetables
Stuffing Mix
Pork and Beans
Peanut Butter
Cereal
Progresso/Hearty Soups
Boxed Meals
Mayonnaise
Vegetable Oil
Coffee
Tea

Donations of ham and turkey are also accepted directly at the food bank! 

Local groceries are having wonderful sales on these items right now! Many thanks to you always for your continued support of you NK Fishline! Without your generous donations, we could not continue to do the work we do supporting our neighbors!!