The Burien Severe Weather Shelter is seeking to restock its shelves with several essential items, as they’re preparing to open for the sixth time this winter.

Lows are predicted to drop to 31 overnight starting Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, before dipping to the low 20s through the end of next week.

“When we closed last week we were critically low on several essential items,” organizers said. “Can you help us stock our shelves before we open?”

Needed Items:

  • Handwarmers
  • Warm clothing – base layers, long johns, etc.
  • Hygiene supplies – small travel size toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, combs, etc.
  • Warm winter gloves, coats, boots, hats
  • Blankets up to Twin size
  • Dinner napkins
  • Throat spray 
  • Cocoa packets (individual)
  • Oatmeal packets (individual)
  • Apple sauce (individual cups)
  • Nutrigrain (cereal bars)
  • Snack foods – chips, pudding cups, etc
  • Garbage bags (large black 40-50 gallon size)
  • Cup of Noodles (the “just add water” type)
  • Bottled Water 
  • Coffee Creamer (individual cups)
  • Cereal
  • A few bags of ice melt

“…and more! All of these can be found on our sign up which we will keep updated each day, so please bookmark and check back often! ” 

When/Where to Donate

Donations will be accepted at the following times (and from 4:30-6:30 pm every day the shelter is open) at the shelter, located at Highline United Methodist Church (13015 1st Ave South; map below):

  • Sunday, Feb. 19: 1–4 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 20: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21: 6–8 p.m.

If these times do not work for you, organizers are more than happy to make other arrangements. Please just reach out to

Volunteers Needed

They’ll also need six volunteers starting Tuesday evening to help set up the shelter, as well as their usual dinner & breakfast shifts for each day the shelter is open.

All of those spots and ingredients for each night’s dinner will be added to the sign-up website over the weekend.

If you are curious about Volunteering, but not sure what to expect, please email so they can help you find the best fit for your skills, interest and comfort level.
“Even if you can’t volunteer, you can still help spread the word – share this post or one of our Facebook Posts with your neighbors – the more of our community supporting the shelter, the better.
“Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement – we could not provide this essential service without you!”

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