Spokane Actress Sparks Season of Giving with Generous Donation

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 3:08 p.m.

Twelve days, 12 shelters, 12 restaurants. Actress Sydney Sweeney, born and raised in Spokane, is donating $12,000 to make the holiday season brighter for Spokane’s houseless population and local restaurants struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve been seeing the struggles my hometown has been going through and how hard this crisis has been affecting families, homeless, and the restaurants,” said Sweeney. “ I wanted to do something to spread love and kindness for those in need. I hope others are inspired by the holiday season and find ways to give as well. By helping each other we can get through these trying times together.”

Sweeney, in partnership with the City of Spokane, Spokane County, US Foods, Visit Spokane and Washington Hospitality Association, is teaming up to provide meals to our houseless neighbors during the holidays. 12 Spokane area restaurants will use the funds to create meals delivered to a different shelter in the 12 days leading to Christmas.

“Sydney Sweeney and our regional partners are examples of how the Spokane community and those connected to it rally to help those in need,’ said Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward. “Her heart and generosity provide a hot meal and some holiday cheer to our houseless neighbors during the holiday season and support local small businesses during a time when they are struggling. Sydney’s thoughtfulness to create a small business partnership shows that the Spokane region is truly its best when we come together. Putting the needs of others first defines the character of our community and what the holiday season is about.”

US Foods will deliver around 400 meals total. The first round of meals goes out on December 14.

“Miss Sweeney’s incredible commitment to supporting her hometown is inspiring and heartfelt,” said Commissioner Al French. “What a wonderful gift this is to help not just one group of people, but many. From our Board of County Commissioners, we extend our gratitude.”

The participating restaurants are:

  • Italian Kitchen
  • Frank’s Diner
  • Cochinito Taqueria
  • Borracho Tacos & Tequileria
  • Gander & Ryegrass
  • Longhorn BBQ
  • The Elk
  • Inland Pacific Kitchen
  • Beacon Hill Events and Caterers
  • 24 Taps
  • Anthony’s
  • O’Doherty’s Irish Grille