Though they’re empty, these bowls will help feed the hungry

1. Empty bowls.

Buy a handmade bowl, eat some soup and help feed the hungry.

Cascade High School’s first ever Empty Bowl fundraiser is from 4 to 7:30 p.m. May 16 in the student center, 801 E. Casino Road, Everett.

Bowls made by students will be on sale for $5 and come with bread and soup, stew or chili for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans. Proceeds go to Volunteers of America and the Everett Food Bank.

Keep it as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty.

Cascade’s Night of the Arts event, with a gallery featuring local student artwork from grades K-12, is scheduled at the same time.

2. Empty tanks.

In 1970, a Southern Resident whale named Tokitae was captured near Penn Cove and sold to the Miami Seaquarium.

Ever since then, animals rights groups have been trying to get the orca, now known as Lolita, back to her native waters.

You can join the cause with the seventh annual Empty the Tanks event on May 11.

Activists will be meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the intersections of Highway 20 in Coupeville, near Penn Cove, and noon to 2 p.m. at 1201 Alaskan Way, in Seattle.

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3. Empty pockets.

If you’ve been known to go on an online shopping spree after a drink or two, you’re not alone.

Washingtonians spend up to $500 per year while under the influence, according to a survey by “The Hustle.” As it turns out, drunken shopping is a $45 billion industry.

Amazon seems to be the drink — ahem — website of choice, preferred by 85 percent of drunken shoppers, followed by eBay (21 percent) and Etsy (12 percent).

The most common purchases? Clothes and shoes, of course.

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Evan Thompson, Herald writer

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