7 things to do this weekend: Apr. 3-5

7 things to do this weekend: Apr. 3-5
Northwest Harvest food bank in SoDo.

Send a message of hope - Now more than ever, the world needs the hope a wish provides. Make-a-Wish Alaska Washington, a KIRO 7 Cares partner, has had to postpone the granting of all wishes scheduled through May. While the children wait for their wish to come true, help us do all we can to encourage them by sharing a message of hope. Just create a message, video, photo, song or dance —whatever you can imagine— and share it with wish kids and families, then post to any/all social accounts, tag @makeawishakwa @MakeAWish and use #WishesAreWaiting. Tag and invite two or more of your friends to join in to amplify the message.

Support the Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County Resiliency Fund – The Habitat for Humanity SKC Beyond the Build Luncheon was scheduled to take place on April 3. One of the organization’s largest fundraisers of the year, those dollars are desperately needed to create strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. So Habitat for Humanity SKC has announced the creation of a Resiliency Fund that will support families in danger of losing their homes and ensure that their operations continue as planned in order to help address additional needs. If you are able, you’re asked to consider giving what you can to this critical and unanticipated need.

Make an appointment to adopt a pet – The Seattle Animal Shelters counters may be closed, but their adoptions are still possible! To keep our community safe and healthy, and to ensure permanent homes can still be found for our furry friends, animal adoptions are now temporarily available through a new appointment-based system. Visits can be coordinated so that social distancing guidelines are strictly followed. Schedule an appointment and find your forever animal today!

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Stay in, order to go--While restaurants are closed for in-house dining, you can support local businesses by ordering to-go or takeout items. The city of Seattle has launched an online ordering platform to see what businesses are open during the coronavirus pandemic. You can check out the interactive map where in Seattle and the Puget Sound local restaurants are open.

Catch up on sports-- This Saturday, catch the World TeamTennis Sets 2020 in Las Vegas featuring Maria Sharapova and 2019 WTT stars bob and Mike Bryan, Madison Keys and many more. The celebrity all-stars will face-off in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The one-hour special will air at 10:30 a.m. PST. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PST, catch the High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship as elite athletes compete to take home the trophy for top shooting and dunking.

Learn more about your favorite animals-- Local zoos are closed to the public during the stay-at-home order for a few more weeks, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t virtually interact with your favorite wildlife. Local zoos like the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo have numerous activities to get involved in. At Point Defiance’s website, you can download fun animal coloring pages, learn more about your favorite animals and their habit or get some summer program ideas for the kids.

Feed those in need--There are many local food banks in the Puget Sound helping out families by providing meals and services during these tough times. The nonprofit Food Lifeline is the fourth-largest hunger relief service and meals to families across the country; you can donate on its website and find the nearest local outreach. Sign-up to volunteer or donate funds or food to local organizations, including Northwest Harvest in Seattle’s neighborhood, SoDo. During the stay-at-home order, they will continue to operate for families and individuals in need, but always appreciate more help you can provide.