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Charity Calendar: Donations sought for homeless school kids in Bellingham

Dec. 7

Donation drive for Veterans Assistance Dogs

9 a.m., Mattress Discounters, 1315 Bakerview Road; by donation. Veterans dogs help active and retired military members who have sustained injuries, such as head wounds, hearing loss and amputations. The dogs are trained to perform tasks that can help veterans regain independence, helping such as opening doors, turning on lights and alerting them to alarms. Details: mattressdiscountersdogs.com.

Toy drive for Foster Kids

9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sleep Country USA, 4229 Meridian St. 360-756-1214. Sleep Country USA is hosting its Secret Santa Toy Drive to ensure each child wakes up with a gift on Christmas morning. Become a Secret Santa by donating new, unwrapped gifts to any Sleep Country store until Dec. 14.

Turkey Drive

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance, 501 Front St. Donations suggested; 360-354-4488 Snapper Shuler Kenner Insurance’s annual turkey drive is seeking to help more than 200 local families this holiday season. SSK Insurance, with offices in Lynden and Bellingham, is matching through Dec. 12 contributions of $15 for each turkey that a person or business wishes to donate, up to the first 100 turkeys. The turkeys will be distributed to families in need by Bellingham Food Bank and Lynden’s Project Hope.

Donations for Homeless School Kids

Bellingham Tennis, 800 McKenzie Ave. Donations suggested; 360-733-5050 Nearly 300 children in the Bellingham School District are homeless. Despite that, they are still in school and this is your chance to help them out. Throughout December donate backpacks, sleeping bags, coats, hats, gloves, toiletries, socks, underwear, or gift cards to Target, Fred Meyer or WalMart.

Music for the Season: Faith Lutheran Church Fundraiser

4:30 Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 McLeod Road. A fundraiser concert and carol-sing of advent and Christmas music, featuring pipe organ, piano, guitar, mandolin, violin and voice. Tickets are $5 at the door. Cider and shortbread will be served.

Dec. 8

Honey Salon Fundraiser for Lydia Place

Honey Salon 310, W Holly St., Bellingham. For the month of December Honey Salon supports Lydia Place, a nonprofit serving homeless families for more than 25 years, with a month-long food collection.

Dec. 9

Bellingham Beer for African Water

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Aslan Brewing Co., 1330 N. Forest St., $20. 360-778-2088 Please join the Northwest WA Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders for a fundraiser. Drink locally brewed, organic beer, support a local business, and donate to the Clean Water supply project for the rural African community of Kiritiri, Kenya.

Dec. 12

Bellingham Food Bank benefit

8 p.m. Star Club, 311 E. Holly St. Bellingham Musicians Andie Whitewing, Chuck Dingee, “Texas” Jimmy Drounette, “Tall” Paul Laugharne and Ron Camire will play in a benefit for Bellingham Food Bank. Whitewing will be hostess for the event, in which she says “fine music meets philanthropy.” There’ll also be a trivia contest with gift cards to the Star Club as prizes.There is no cover charge for entry, and half of all revenue from dining will be donated to the food bank. Monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the food bank are also appreciated.

Dec. 13

Children’s House International Breakfast with Santa

9 a.m.-12 p.m., Christ the King Community Church, 5627 Third Ave., Ferndale. $6-$15. Fill your stomachs with biscuits, eggs, and sausage while listening to live music from a local band. After breakfast, kids, take some time to sit on Santa’s lap whispering Christmas wishes in his ear. Parents, snap some great Christmas photos of your kids and family. After breakfast, bid on the silent auction. All proceeds benefit CHI’s efforts in helping bring children home to their forever families. Details: childrenshouseinternational.com/santa.

Raise the Roof Benefit

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 13-14, 2200 Division St., Suite 3, (behind Grow Source off Hannegan Road), Bellingham. Congregation Beth Israel sponsors a huge sale of donated furniture, jewelry, tools, cars, electronics, kitchenware, housewares, books, office items, clothing, baby equipment and toys. Mexican food truck and bake sale on site. Sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel.

Bellingham’s Book to Prisoners Book Sale

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bellingham Books to Prisoners, 228 East Champion St. Come stock up on reading material for yourself, and get great Christmas gifts for your friends and family, all while helping out a worthy cause. All of the proceeds go toward postage to send free books to prisoners throughout the country.

Shoe Drive for Project Sole: Fundraiser for BHS Band

7 a.m.-10 a.m., Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. 360-676-6575. The Bellingham High School Band Boosters are collecting gently used and new athletic shoes for Project Sole, which distributes them to those in need in the U.S. and worldwide at the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

Dec. 14

Naughty or Nice Fundraiser

6-10 p.m. Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St., Lynden. The Bellingham Roller Betties sponsor a fundraiser for Melanie Sexton, Lynden Skateway’s assistant manager. Skaters must be 18 or older and have insurance. Co-ed skate; all skill levels welcome. All proceeds will go to her breast cancer treatment. Cost: $6 per skater and spectators. Register on Bellingham Roller Betties Facebook page.

Dec. 16

Give and Glow Run

5:45 p.m., Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. Canned donations, 360-676-4955. Try to bring donations for the Food Bank. Then with glow sticks for everyone, head out for a trail-run ablaze with glowing runners in the evening ink. On the return, trim a rapidly glowing tree and share some celebratory pizza, presents and prizes, for yet another good glow.

Dec. 18

All That Holiday Jazz

7 p.m., Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Donation suggested: $5-$10; 360-734-2776. The Jazz Project’s Bellingham Youth Jazz Band performs a fundraiser concert to preserve the Firehouse Performing Arts Center as a community performing arts center.

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