Season of Giving

| Monday, November 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

IMG_2918Tis the season of spending and eating and rushing and shopping and drinking and overindulging. Yes, it’s upon us again. And I can tell because there’s holiday music on the radio and Christmas aisles in the stores. I can also tell because the market is beginning its seasonal slow down (but don’t worry it will be back with a bang in February). It’s also the season of giving, and I’m a big believer in helping others. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the ways Cara in the House has helped the community this year.

Youth athletics and arts:

Cara has been in the dugout, the theatre, the basketball court and on the football field this year. When I’m not cheering on my own kids you can find me in high school football and basketball programs, in the play programs at several Kirkland schools and as a board member for Kirkland American Little League. I feel that kids (and parents, speaking from experience!) gain so much from participating in group community activities, and I’m happy to support their hard work.

Pantry Packs and Kirkland Nourishing Network:

Cara in the pantry. Because kids should not go hungry, I am donating a portion of my November and December commissions to these hardworking charities. I will be packing and donating food boxes to help some of the neediest kids in Kirkland over Thanksgiving break through the Kirkland Nourishing Network. I will also be donating funds to purchase supplies for Pantry Packs, which helps keep hungry kids fed in the Lake Washington School District when free and reduced lunches are not available during weekends and school breaks. This great program is now part of Hopelink. To learn more contact Jennifer Knittle Rose at

Food Lifeline:

Cara on the assembly line. This great organization has been coming up with creative ways to end hunger since 1979. My family and I helped pack donated food and sported some very stylish hair nets (you’ll notice I left out the photo of myself wearing one)! If you want to help, visit

Pasado’s Safe Haven:

Cara on the farm. This amazing animal protection organization is dedicated to ending animal cruelty, and I happily donate to the cause. For ways you can help visit

Little Bit:

Cara on the horse. This is a charity I have been supporting since I was young. With the use of horses they strive to improve the bodies, minds and spirits of children and adults who have disabilities. As a former special education teacher, I know how important their work is and I continue to support it. To find out more visit

Even when the holiday madness dies down and the market heats up again I will be actively contributing to these great causes. If you know of a local charity that could use my help I would love to hear about it!

Cara in the House sponsorship

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