Queen Anne Helpline opens annual tree lot

Queen Anne Helpline is again partnering with Boy Scout Troop 72 for their annual Christmas Tree Lot, offering trees, garland, wreaths and accessories for the neighborhood’s holiday decorating needs. Located in the Upper Queen Anne Safeway parking lot at Boston and Queen Anne Avenue, it opens Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 18, or until the trees are gone. Staffed entirely by volunteers, all sale proceeds go right back into the community. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m., Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New this year, the Helpline is planning Holiday Groceries for Families (with children). An outgrowth of the very successful Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors, which expects to deliver 100 food packages to local seniors, the holiday food program makes available substantial packages of nonperishable food items to help at-risk local families better meet their holiday food needs. Included in the package will be a gift card that can be used for purchasing perishables such as dairy, meat and produce. Donors and volunteers are being recruited for assistance in providing food items or packing bags, with a stated goal of 100 holiday food bags. Pre-qualified families may pick up packages Dec. 1 – 22, at the Helpline office (311 W. McGraw St.)

For more information on this or any of the Helpline’s other assistance programs, go to QueenAnneHelpline.org or call 206- 282-1540 during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.