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Last week, we did a little Slog polling to determine who you'd like to be the beneficiaries of this year's Strangercrombie auction. And you spoke up loud and clear: This year's auction will benefit two very different, very worthy charities.

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Here is how Childhaven describes their mission:

Childhaven is the only nonprofit organization in King County dedicated to the mission of healing young and vulnerable victims of abuse while breaking the cycle that leads to more hurt, more trauma.

For many of our children, we are the one constant in a young life marked by unpredictability and turmoil. For many of our families, we are their first real chance to stay together. They come to us from lives marked by abuse and neglect. They leave with enduring relationships and hope for the future.

And our second charity is Downtown Emergency Service Center:

DESC is the largest multi-service agency serving homeless adults in the Puget Sound region, reaching over 7,000 people annually and providing state licensed mental health and chemical dependency treatment, 279 emergency shelter beds, and nearly 800 units of permanent supportive housing. Since 2009, DESC has moved over 1,100 vulnerable adults affected by mental illness, chemical dependency, and multiple disabilities off of Seattle's streets and into housing, more than any other local homeless provider in the area.

Of course, Strangercrombie can only do so much. We urge you to take a closer look at the other charities Stranger readers suggested: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project gives a much-needed voice to one of the most vulnerable and misunderstood groups in America today; Seattle Education Access provides poor kids with access to higher education; and Teen Feed helps homeless youth find basic services and care. They all do great work, and they could all use your help.

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Congratulations to our Strangercrombie charities! Slog readers will be hearing more about Childhaven and Downtown Emergency Service Center in the weeks and months to come, and we're already preparing our sexy holiday auction for you to bid on. If you have any goods or services you'd like to contribute, please drop us a line at strangercrombie@thestranger.com.

Strangercrombie: Once a year, we do something good™.

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