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Top Giving Trees, Coat Drives, Food Donations and More in the Puget Sound Area

Plan your holidays with these ideas as heart-warming as they are easy

Published on: November 10, 2017

Top Giving Trees, Coat Drives, Food Donations and More in the Puget Sound Area


Your family wants to donate... toys and gifts

  • Adopt a family through the YWCA Adopt-a-Family program. They’re looking for families to contribute for Thanksgiving and Christmas and offer a variety of ways to contribute, including dropping off gifts on select days in December in downtown 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 other options: Donate an item off their 2017 holiday wish list, shop online with their Amazon Wish List or invite your family to fill a Kids Helping Kids coin jar
  • Starting Nov. 12, 65 Bartell Drugs in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be accepting new and unwrapped toys for kids ages 14 and under. The drive goes through Dec. 9, and toys are delivered to low-income kids the week before Christmas by the Salvation Army.
  • From Nov. 17 through Dec. 4, the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and Grand Ridge Plaza at Issaquah Highlands are hosting a toy and gift drive. Pick a gift tag from the Giving Tree next to Regal Cinemas and donate that item (drop-off located within the theater with a second drop-off opening inside Santa’s cabin after Nov. 24). Bonus: Stop by at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 for the free Giving Tree Lighting.
  • This year, Everett’s own minor league baseball team, the Everett AquaSox, partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Drop off new, unwrapped toys for children, newborn to age 18, at the AquaSox front office (3802 Broadway, Everett). They’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Drive goes through Dec. 15.
  • Set-up a giving tree of your own with tags from Mary’s Place. They’re looking for toys for kids and gifts for children to give parents and grandparents during their Holly Jolly Holiday Party (this year on Dec. 19). Drop off unwrapped gifts and donations to their South Seattle warehouse location (9 S. Nevada St., Seattle) by Dec. 16. 
  • Plan to visit Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle? Join a giving tree for the animals! Starting Nov. 18, stop by the Zoomazium or the zoo’s Education building to pick an ornament. Once you’ve purchased your item(s), return ‘em to the zoo by the end of the year for the animals to enjoy.
  • Got spare (and gently used) Beanie Babies? Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children is looking for them. Contact Bobette Scheid (; 206-232-9854). 
  • Have a venue? The Forgotten Children’s Fund needs 40,000 to 50,000 square feet to set up Santa’s North Pole to work their holiday magic. The organization serves kids in King, Pierce, Lewis and Chelan Counties.

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