Tent City 4, a homeless encampment that travels to churches and other houses of worship throughout the Eastsid, needs a new commercial-sized coffee to replace the one that broke earlier this week and a microwave oven to replace the one that is "on it's last leg," according to volunteers.
About 60% of the residents work and often they are at odd hours, said Sandra Hunt, one of the many volunteers helping Tent City 4. "At Woodinville the busses don’t serve the area they are in except normal commute time to normal commute time. Folks get up very early and walk to town to catch a bus or come home after the regular commute and have to walk up from town to the camp. In addition to that, all residents must work a four hour security shift [at the camp]and can be assigned any four hour shift, day or night. Coffee and hot food help a lot."
If your group or organization can purchase a commercial pot cehck the church's website for contact information, http://www.sharewheel.org/tent-city-4.
Here is a list of other needs:
Batteries; D, AAA, C
Saran wrap (Costco size box)
Towels (can be used, but clean both hand and bath sizes)
Hand sanitizer (bigger the better)
Paper cups, plates and bowls
Sugar (When the count is up to 100 residents they use 25lb a week)
Fruit juice, lemonade mix, ice tea mix (they have one of those huge orange barrels)
Tuna (please no 4 lb. cans)
Large serving gloves
Salt and Pepper
Cheese (either sliced or shredded)
Mustard, ketchup, mayo (please not those huge jars of mayo. By the time they get to the bottom everybody’s hands have gone clear in the jar)