This holiday season, CAPERS is so grateful for our West Seattle community and how everyone comes together in the spirit of giving.

When CAPERS began over 30 years ago, the core goals were to sell home goods and gifts, bring quality products to our community and to give back. All three goals have always been met and top of mind. CAPERS gives back to the community in various ways throughout the year and we just want to highlight how grateful we truly are for each organization.

Each year, Santa (Tony) comes to CAPERS and donates his time and resources. 100% of the proceeds from donations go directly to the West Seattle Food Bank that serves all of West Seattle and surrounding areas as well. The food bank distributes 1.5 million pounds of food to households within the neighborhood via grocery store-like distribution, mobile food banks and at home delivery. Santa has volunteered at CAPERS for 10+ years and is so wonderful with the children. Thank you to Santa and the West Seattle Food Bank!

Also during the holidays, CAPERS hosts the “Giving Tree”. This is a tree that contains stars with wishes written upon them. The wishes come from families that reside at the Hickman House – A transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence. The community is invited to take a star from the tree, purchase the ‘wish’ and put it under the CAPERS tree to be distributed to the Hickman House.

The Hickman House was founded in 1988 to provide the additional time and supportive services that domestic violence survivors and their children needed after 14-30 days in an emergency shelter. This option has served hundreds of families over the years and continues to be a safe space for those in need of temporary housing. We are so very thankful for everything that the Hickman House has done for the community.

CAPERS is also a big supporter of women’s health, housing, literacy and education via donations.

We want to give an extra special THANK YOU to the West Seattle neighborhood for supporting these many organizations by donating and strengthening our community. It is so wonderful to see how united we are in our area and we are so appreciative.