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Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is still a week away, dinner preparations are in full swing at Spokane's Women and Children's Free Restaurant (WCFR).

WCFR will host their 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rogers High School Commons on Saturday, November 22 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

On Thursday morning, about a dozen volunteers gathered at WFCR to carve 150 turkeys for Saturday’s event. These volunteers consist of Spokane area caterers and chefs who posses the knowledge needed to properly carve the birds.

WFCR Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Orlando, said people who plan to attend can expect to enjoy a free, traditional, and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner.

Hope for Hunny Bunny fundraiser

Hope for Hunny Bunny fundraiser

The family of four-year-old Annabelle is asking the public to open their hearts, and wallets, next Wednesday to help while she struggles with stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

Lovingly nicknamed Hunny Bunny by her family, Annabelle was diagnosed just before her birthday on September 10th. Doctors discovered three tumors and say the disease has spread to her bone barrow.

With an estimated 18 months of chemotherapy, radiation and new trial treatments ahead of her, Annabelle's family is hoping to draw on the community for support.

Wednesday, October 8, the Monteray Cafe at 9 N. Washington St. is holding an all-day fundraiser. From open to close, 20 percent of all proceeds will be given to the Hope for Hunny Bunny Support Fund. A silent auction and raffle will also be held, a t-shirts will be for sale.

If you are unable to attend but still want to help, a GiveForward online account has also been set up to receive donations. For more information, you can visit the Hope for Hunny Bunny page on Facebook.

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

If you're looking for a fall getaway without breaking the bank, vacation specialists at TripAdvisor have named Leavenworth one of the top spots in the country to take in some colorful sights.

According to TripAdvisor, 83 percent of those surveyed plan to take a leisure trip this fall, with 31 percent planning to travel for the joy of viewing fall foliage. To help travelers plan, TripIndex compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 of the most popular leaf-peeping destinations in the US, including the combined average cost of a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast, a full tank of gas, apple picking and a meal at a restaurant.

Leavenworth came in at an affordable $476.89, but you'd better make your reservations now before the winter flakes start to fall.

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all Washington kids, Mr. Yuk needs your help! The lovable mascot of the Washington Poison Center wants children to send in their best artwork for the 8th annual statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

The Washington Poison Center uses the contest to reminder parents and children to be vigilant about poisons and drugs. The winning poster will be part of the 2015 Poison Prevention Week campaign celebrated across the state during the third week in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps them avoid being poisoned. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 in Washington State. The top prize earns $500, a visit from Mr. Yuk to their school or program, a trip to the Capitol to meet their legislators and having their winning design featured as the poster for Poison Prevention Week. Four runners-up will receive $100 in the mail, and all contest participants will receive a gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Bread Tie Challenge to raise awareness of depression/mental illness

Two Central Washington Seniors are launching a campaign this fall to honor the memory of the teen who made their best friend duo into a trio.

Three years ago this October, Josh Martin took his own life. It was a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

“There were no signs or anything,” said Donnie Santos. “He was going to be a shortstop for the Spokane Falls baseball team. We had everything going for us. We think he was afraid to come out and ask for help.”

That fear is what Donnie Santos and Dean Neilson are trying to get rid of with the Bread Tie Challenge.

It was Martin's father Joe who came up with the campaign to memorialize his son, then handed it off to Donnie and Dean to run.

The Bread Tie Challenge draws its inspiration from the Ice Bucket Challenge, an easy and visible way to show that your life has been impacted by someone struggling with mental illness or depression, and that you support ending the stigma of shame and weakness that can be associated with it.