Seafair Pirates Holiday Treasure Chests Come To Burien
The Seafair Pirates not only have the ability to scare the livin’ bejesus out of any B-Towner, they also have the ability to help needy families, especially during this time of year.
That’s why they’ve brought in their Holiday Treasure Chests to the following two Olde Burien businesses, where they’ll be on display and awaiting donations until Wednesday, Dec. 24th:
- Dan the Sausageman’s shop, located at 923 SW 152nd Street
- Goodie Gumdrops Toy Shop, located at 816 SW 152nd Street
Generous B-Towners can donate:
- Non-perishable food items (cans, boxes, etc.)
Text from the Seafair Pirate’s P-Arrrrgh:
While weâ€™re a notoriously scurvy bunch, we Pirates have big hearts and simply canâ€™t stand the thought that there will be children that wake up Christmas morning with nothing to open. With that in mind, in 1996, we began the Holiday Treasure Chest program.
We discovered that far too many families were going without a Christmas because they were unable to find assistance. The Seafair Pirates heard the need, and met the challenge to help these deserving folks. That is how our program was born.
Since the creation of our program, with the help of local businesses and â€œPirate Santaâ€™sâ€ throughout the community, we have served thousands of individual families; have provided countless tons of food and goods to local service providing charities and distributed tens of thousands of new gifts to children throughout the Puget Sound region.
We distribute throughout the Puget Sound area. We are constantly on the lookout for donated warehouse space as the holidays approach. As soon as we have established a â€œhome baseâ€, we begin ï¬lling it with our collections from the community and the purchases that we make. We create two areas within the warehouse. One holds the â€œtreasuresâ€ where our clients can come and choose gift s for their children and the other holds our foodstuï¬€s.
The families will receive enough food for the holidays and countless days after the holidays have passed. With greater resources and more diligence, we know that we could have served an even greater number of deserving families. For this reason, we have begun our eï¬€ orts even earlier this year. We began organizing immediately following the Torchlight Parade and are currently accepting donations as well as taking names of individuals interested in volunteering. In order to make this program a success we spend countless hours acquiring the necessary goods and funds. It doesnâ€™t end there however. If at all possible, we spend individual time speaking with each family and ascertain their needs. If we ï¬nd that there is a special request, we will network within the community to fulï¬ll it if at all possible.
We need to give credit where credit is due, and thank you for the role you play in making our program possible. We would not be able to continue our work without your kindness and generosity. You are truly a tribute to compassion and we value each and every one of you.