Every year the Starfish Project hosts the March Madness Drive, which raises funds and recruits donations for athletic shoes, hygiene products, sports apparel, and equipment. Following the drive, the Starfish Project will provide the goods to schools seasonally, aligned with their athletic schedule.
The Starfish Project is an expansive “pay it forward” community project that provides much-needed items to local youth and families. It includes annual events, like the March Madness Drive and Photos with Santa, as well as ongoing initiatives, such as the resource closets at local schools. It is an ingenious example of local business stepping up and finding creative ways to serve their neighbors.
While it officially got its start in November 2015, the Starfish Project’s roots branch back much further. In 2002, Season and her team started reaching out to teachers and schools, letting them know that there was a place to go if students or families needed help. Also at that time, All Season’s was involved in the “Helping Hands, Open Hearts” initiative, giving to those in foster care.
To support their ongoing initiatives, the Starfish Project works in line with the rest of the consignment business. Customers drop off their like new or lightly-used items and indicate it’s for the Starfish Project. Customers still receive the same percentage from their sold items, while 100% of the store’s profit goes to the Starfish account.
Funds in this account go anywhere it’s needed. Sometimes it’s to families in need of clothing, diapers, bedding, or other necessities. Other times it can go to students for school supplies, formal wear for concerts or dances, or apparel.
“If there is one thing I want to get across, is that these services are available to everyone,” says Long.
In addition to the consignment profits, the Starfish Project continually donates items to schools and DSHS WorkSource for free. Particular items are requested, which the All Season’s team sets aside. These donation supply resources closets located in Long Beach Elementary, Hilltop, and Ilwaco High School, which are free and available to all students. They also help adults who are seeking to improve their employment.
Since opening in December 2001, All Season’s Consignment has been dedicated to serving the community. The All Season’s team are connectors. They are also a lot of fun. Business cards describe them as the “Creative Superhero” or “Chief Cheerleader.” Through positive energy and social networking, they see the gaps and work tireless to provide for what’s missing. They are a tight-knit family who cares deeply for their community.
“It would not be possible without the team of people who are here,” says Long. “Sometimes you don’t know where one person ends and the other begins.”
If you’ve never had the pleasure of going in All Season’s, I highly recommend you drop by and say hello to the staff. Take a moment to browse their quality selection of apparel, accessories, toys, and other goods. This group of people truly make a neighborhood great, and they’d love to meet you.
To submit an “in-need-of” request, text “STARFISH” to 306-775-2429.
For more info about the Starfish Project, visit www.allseasonskidstuff.com/starfish, like their Facebook Page, or call 360-777-8697.