They finished their holiday shopping ... without buying anything new!

The generosity of our PCC community in the past year has helped birds get cleaned after after the gulf oil spill, helped replace stolen food after a food bank was robbed last year and warmed the less fortunate with thousands of donated sweaters and coats. Wonderful!

Most recently, the barrels of gently used toys, clothes and baby gear donated by West Seattle and Fremont shoppers over the past month helped cover the tables at the 3rd-annual CoolMom Holiday Toy Swap 'N' Sale earlier this month.

CoolMom volunteers.

CoolMom is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that unites mothers to take action on climate change through education, lifestyle change and advocacy. This event, held in West Seattle and Wallingford, is one of many the group organizes to reduce waste and consumerism during the holidays. Proceeds support the group's mission as well as family services groups WestSide Baby and FamilyWorks.   

More than 200 shoppers turned out for the event.

A few easy ways to reduce waste this holiday season: Give the gift of a PCC Cooks class. Donate to the PCC Farmland Trust and preserve organic farmland forever. Wrap gifts in tea towels, reusable bags or other handy items that don't have to go straight to the waste bin.

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