The Juanita High School Interact Club literally raised a ton of supplies for homeless people in the Seattle area as part of their Second Avenue project drive.
Interact Club President and sophomore JD Worcester said the supplies such as soap and razors are to help provide for homeless people in areas not often thought of, as the focus most of the time is on food, clothing or sleeping space. The drive, held at the end of January, took place at the Finn Hill QFC and the Kingsgate Safeway, and in total they were able to collect 1,813 pounds of supplies.
On top of the supplies, they also raised $647 in donations. The supplies will be donated to the Hopelink in Kirkland, while the money will go to the Shoreline Hopelink.
The project name comes from Second Avenue in Seattle which has several homeless shelters. The number of homeless people in King County, especially those without any shelter, has continued to increase, according to data collected during the annual One Night Count. The count also found that the Eastside, reached its highest-ever increase of homeless people after several years of decline.
In November, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency concerning homeless.