Donate toys and gifts
- Adopt a family through the YWCA Adopt-a-Family program. The YWCA invites families to contribute by purchasing gifts for children and providing a grocery gift card for their parents. Find details and dates on the program website. Drop-offs available in Seattle, Lynnwood and Everett.
- Throughout the holiday season, Wellspring Family Services in the Rainier Valley offers a number of ways to donate to kids in need. Among the options: Donate an item from Wellspring's Giving Together Amazon Wish List, its Ready to Learn Amazon Wish List, or invite family and friends to fill a Kids Helping Kids coin jar.
- Local Bartell Drugs stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties accept new, unwrapped toys for kids ages 14 and under through its annual Toy 'N' Joy Drive. Drop toys off at any of 66 area Bartells through Dec. 15; toys are delivered to low-income kids the week before Christmas by the Salvation Army.
- The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank needs donations of toys to stock its Holiday Gift Barn, where families low on resources can shop for free for holiday gifts for their kids. Register to donate and plan to drop off your gifts Dec. 3–4. Note that gifts and toys for older kids (ages 9–18) are especially needed.
- Support Mary’s Place, an organization serving families experiencing homelessness. Mary's Place offers holiday giving tree tags — families can pick up a tag, buy needed items and deliver them to the South Seattle warehouse location (9 S. Nevada St., Seattle) by Dec. 7. Drop-off hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
- The Forgotten Children’s Fund is a local, all-volunteer organization serving families who are generally not served by other outreach organizations. They accept monetary donations to buy toys, gifts, books and more for kids. Read their interesting story at the website.