News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Dicks Walk-A-Thon Event Raises Money For Local Charities

September 3rd, 2014 by master

Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon is expected to arrive at 4:45 pm Sunday, Sept 7 at the Wallingford Dicks Location.

Lifelong Seattleite Lars Philips is the Founder of Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon, an event to raise money and support for local charities.

Philips started the event three years ago with a friend. At first it was just the two of them, but now in their 4th year they expect more than 30 people to join the walk which consists of 1 day, 6 locations and 22 miles.

This year the event is officially partnered with Dick’s Drive-In and the Spady Family who have agreed to match up to $2,000 raised by participants and in Change For Charity buckets on the day of the walk. Money raised goes to support charities like Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Cocoon House.

As mentioned on their Facebook Page, they are encouraging interested walkers to gather at the Edmonds Drive-In at 10:30am to begin the trek across Seattle to support their Change for Charity partners.


1. EDMONDS – 10:00 AM [Start walk at 10:35]
2. LAKE CITY – 1:15 PM
3. HOLMAN ROAD – 3:00 PM
5. BROADWAY – 6:15 PM
6. QUEEN ANNE – 7:15 PM


Walk-A-Thon participants are encouraged to donate $20 to Change for Charity to receive a drive-thru punch card at the Edmonds location. For those who complete the entire trek and have the proof in hand they promise a cheeseburger will be waiting for them at the Queen Anne Dicks!

What: Dick’s Drive-In Change for Charity Walk-A-Thon When: Sunday, September 7th starting at 10:00
Where: Starting at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In Location and continuing 22 miles on foot to all 6 Dick’s Drive-In locations!
For more information check their Facebook Page

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Bartell Drugs will ‘Stock the Pantry’ to feed kids

May 29th, 2011 by master

Summertime means that kids who depend on free school meals might not have access to food. Bartell Drugs is turning to the community to help “Stock the Pantry” to feed kids. The third annual food drive starts Monday at all Bartell Drugs locations, including the one at 1820 N. 45th St. in Wallingford.

The two-week drive “focuses on replenishing food bank, meal program and school food stocks in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties during summer months–when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home,” the press release states.

Food donations benefit Northwest Harvest. “In 2010, over 450,000 children (almost half of all students) across the state were eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest. “Of those children, only nine-percent participated in a summer meal program last year due in part to transportation issues, the availability of feeding sites, and other factors. This really highlights the need for a summer food drive that benefits children.”

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Kids make art to benefit Operation School Bell

December 16th, 2010 by master

This Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Wallingford Center (1815 N. 45th St.), children from neighborhood families will sell their artwork (as postcards) to benefit other kids.

Angele Hunskor told us in an email:

The event was sparked by neighborhood kids wanting to help other kids in need. Four families got together and had our kids create some original art pieces which we then made into postcards. The Wallingford Center generously donated the space for the kids to have their “art sale.”

In addition to selling their cards, the kids will have an art station set up with a variety of art supplies for kids to stop by and make art together. Donations for the art station are appreciated.

All money raised during the sale will go to Operation School Bell located in the Wallingford neighborhood. Operation School Bell is a non-profit which provides needy kids in Seattle Public Schools with warm coats, new jeans and shirts, backpacks, new shoes, etc.

The kids will be set up right in front of Izilla Toys.

Operation School Bell is run by the Assistance League of Seattle at 1415 North 45th St. Here’s a video from 2008 that shows the impact it has on Seattle kids:

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