A month ago it looked like the Orion Center would have to close its doors to its overnight youth shelter. The Seattle shelter for teens and young adults lost 1.2 million dollars in funding due to the federal sequestration, but now it's receiving a financial shot in the arm by two of Seattle's hottest musical groups.
Both the city of Seattle and King county came up with a total of $250,000 to help keep the shelter open. Donations from private individuals and foundations started coming in.
Then "The Stranger," in search of a worthy cause for its holiday charity challenge, decided to reach out to Macklemore and Pearl Jam. The parties came up with the idea to encourage their fans in a competition to see who could raise more money.
The center's executive director says it has had a big impact financially, and spiritually with the kids.
"To know that Pearl Jam, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are raising money for them, I mean, every young person is excited by that," said Melinda Giovengo. "Everyone listens to the music and is excited to know someone like that cares about them."
As of Thursday, more than $65,000 had been raised. Macklemore's fans were in the lead with $30,918. Pearl Jam fans had raised $24,188. And readers of "The Slog" had given $8,961.
Anyone who would like to donate to the cause, can do so here.