Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop in Kirkland awards grants

The Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop in Kirkland announced on Wednesday $62,496 in grants for 2013.

The following thirteen organizations received grant money: ALE Operations School Bell $5,000; Helping Hands for the Disabled $5,000; Friends of Youth $5,000; Eastside Legal Services Program $5,000; Bridge Ministries $2,000; KITH $5,000; KIN $3,000; Farms for Life $5,000; YES $5,000; Sibling House $5,000; HERO House $5,000; Lil Bit Therapeutic Riders $4,500; and Lifewire (Domestic Violence) $5,000.

Two philanthropic organizations, Laureate Gamma Rho and Phi Beta Psi, both were granted money as well. Phi Beta Psi was given $2,104 for their cancer research and Laureate Gamma Rho received $892 for their service project.

"The two groups have provided wonderful volunteers at the Thrift Shop on the first and third Saturdays of each month," said Jody Orbits with Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop.

The thrift shop is located at 12451 116th Ave. NE in Kirkland and is an all-volunteer run thrift shop. All proceeds are donated back into the community through grants. Volunteers are always needed.

"It is a fun and rewarding organization to volunteer for," said Orbits.

Clean, resalable donations can be dropped off at the shop during business hours from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. he shop has extended hours on Fridays until 6 p.m. For more information call (425) 825-1877.

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