Ways to Give 2005
American Cancer Society Program: Road to Recovery, 728 134th St. SW, Suite 101, Everett, WA 98204. This service assists cancer patients and their families with transportation to and from treatment facilities. Volunteers donate time and resources to take patients to treatment appointments and return them to their homes; needs gas cards and more volunteer drivers; 425-322-1131.
American Red Cross, Snohomish County Chapter, 2530 Lombard Ave., Everett, provides relief for victims of floods and earthquakes, and for fire victims throughout Snohomish County. This local chapter provides electric energy bill assistance for needy families and it assists military families through the Armed Forces Emergency Services program, and teach first aid, CPR and other preparedness classes. Needs include money, bottled water, commercial-size cans of soup, coffee, fruit and computer equipment and supplies. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 425-252-4103, ext. 24; www.snohomishcounty.redcross.org.
The Arc of Snohomish County, 1513 23rd St., Everett, supports people with developmental disabilities and their families. It needs nonperishable foods, toiletries, stocking caps, gloves and mittens, and gift certificates for perishable food for holiday baskets. New and used clothing, for children and adults, can be dropped off during business hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment Fridays; 425-258-2459.
Assistance League of Everett, Operation School Bell, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. This all-volunteer nonprofit organization provides new clothes to children in need in 14 school districts, financial support to graduating high school seniors, dental care for children and clothing for rape and assault victims. It needs new boys and mens boxer shorts and new one-size-fits-all winter hats and gloves. Hours are by appointment only; 425-252-8671.
Be a Santa to a Senior. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care, the worlds largest provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, has teamed with the Pierce County Senior Information and Assistance and Wal-Mart to provide presents to low-income seniors. Heres how the program works: The participating local nonprofits will identify needy and isolated seniors in the community and provide those names to Home Instead Senior Care. Christmas trees, which are displayed in the Federal Way and Auburn Wal-Mart Stores, will feature ornaments with the first names only of the needy seniors and their gift requests. The trees will remain up until December 8. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy the items on the list, and return them unwrapped to the store, along with the ornament attached. A citywide gift-wrapping day will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Merrill Gardens Mill Creek, 14905 Bothell-Everett Highway. There will be caroling, drinks and food catered by Spaghetti Factory. If you are interested in volunteering to help on the citywide gift-wrapping day or wish to donate a gift, contact Lois Etienne at 253-943-1603.
Brothers, Big Sisters is a nonprofit organization that matches adult volunteers with children ages 6 to 14 to create a friendship that offers support and guidance. Needs gift cards for each child in their programs to be given out at the annual holiday party on Dec. 15, a sound system with microphone, a bullhorn, a color printer, a combination DVD-VHS player, Polaroid cameras and Polaroid film. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1420 Hewitt Ave., Everett; call 425-252-2227.
Binky Patrol, Marysville. Volunteers make and donate quilts and afghans to children who are in need of comfort. The quilts are given to hospitals and child care agencies throughout Snohomish County. Needs include people to help with sewing, donations of yarn, fabrics, batting and thread; and money to buy supplies. Call 360-659-7198.
Briers Timberline Park: The holiday displays and annual food drive in Briers Timberline Park neighborhood can be seen from 5 to 10 p.m. weeknights and 5 to 11 p.m. weekends Nov. 26 tp Dec. 31 in the 3700 and 3800 blocks of 228th Place SW, Brier; the nieghborhoods collects cash and nonperishable food for the Lynnwood Food Bank; checks may be made out to Lynnwood Food Bank; Call Gwendine Norton, 425-776-9782; or visit www.BrierLights.org.
Camano Senior and Community Center, Camano Senior Services Association, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, provides services to seniors and those over 18 years of age with disabilities. Money is needed to help with emergency heating and food for the most vulnerable clients. Call 360-387-0222.
Cascade Gleaning Association is a nonprofit corporation that locates and acquires consumable goods and other resources, including items designated as waste, to distribute among needy people in the community. The group needs money and is looking for a permanent building, such as a large shed or a mobile structure, for their headquarters in Everett, or volunteers and materials for a new construction. Call 360-568-3660.
Catholic Community Services, 1918 Everett Ave., Everett, has several families available for adoption for Christmas. A wish list will be provided to people who would like to adopt a family. It may include warm clothing, toiletries and personal care items. Volunteers are also needed to deliver gifts to families from Dec. 16 to 22; call 425-257-2111 and ask for the holiday giving project representative.
Center for Battered Women, Everett. Provides shelter, clothing, advocacy, counseling, referral and information to victims of domestic violence and their children. Needs include new, unwrapped gifts for women and children delivered by Dec. 14. Gift cards for clothes, shoes, music are especially good for teens. Small newer TVs (less than 2 years old with remote) are needed for 20 transitional housing units along with blenders, toasters, microwaves and mixers These items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the New and Again Thrift Store, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett; call 425-259-2827, ext. 12 or 21.
Choice and Consequence 425 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. The agencys mission is to educate youth about the consequences of their health behavior. The group needs a laptop computer and two reliable, small SUVs, preferably white, and 2,000 color brochures printed for the next school year; 360-435-7250 or www.choiceandconsequence.org
Christmas House,at the Everett Boys & Girls Club gymnasium, 2316 12th St., Everett. The group provides Christmas gifts to low-income Snohomish County families with children under the age of 18. Needs this year include new toys, teen gifts such as electronic products and sporting goods, houseware items and new coats, hats and gloves. Volunteers are also needed. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 10, and 17; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Dec. 6 to 9, 13 to 16 and Dec. 20. Cash donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 717, Everett, WA 98206. For more information about drop-off locations for toys and clothing, or to volunteer, call 425-338-2273 or visit www.christmas-house.org. The Church of God of Prophecy, 3004 23rd St., Everett, needs food or cash donations for its food bank. Leave donations at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning service or call 425-438-0693.
Clothes for Kids, 16725 52nd Ave. W., Suite B., Lynnwood, WA 98037, for donations. The agency is a nonprofit organization that provides clothing for low-income children. Eligible children, infant to 18 years, may shop with their parent, for a fall and winter wardrobe and a spring and summer wardrobe each year. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, boots and shoes are needed, as well as new socks, underwear, backpacks and umbrellas. Cash donations can be mailed directly. Hours for donations are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; call 425-670-7285, ext. 4, or www.clothesforkids.org.
Cocoon House, 2929 Pine St., provides safe shelter, food and other basic needs for homeless teens in Snohomish County. It needs hooded sweatshirts, socks, slippers, pajamas, gloves, fleece scarves, movie passes, bus passes, phone cards, alarm clocks, watches, pillows, fleece blankets, duffel bags and $25 gift gards. Contact Robin Weinberg at 425-259-3342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compass Health: Compass Health has numerous programs that provide mental health treatment to people of all ages: Adopt-a-Family Program: Adopt a family by providing one need and one want for each family member. Staff members will make match you with a family. Cash and grocery store gift certificates also are welcome; Homeless Program: The Homeless Drop-in Center needs warm coats, socks, hats, gloves, mittens, sweaters, jeans, underwear and personal hygiene items (no glass or alcohol) for more than 200 homeless men and women. Clean blankets and sleeping bags also are needed; Adults and Children in Crisis: Adults and children recovering from mental health crises need care packages of personal hygiene items (no glass or alcohol) as well as socks, underwear and clothing of all sizes. Comfort items such as slippers, lotion, stationery and stamps, arts and crafts items, books, CDs, hats, mittens and gift certificates also are needed. Movie passes, small toys, swim passes and the like are needed for childrens programs. These will be distributed year-round. Call 425-349-7333.
Deaconess Childrens Services All Wrapped Up program, 4708 Dogwood Drive. The program allows people at work or at home to become All Wrapped Up in the giving spirit by helping a family in need. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing, gift certificates and cash are welcome. Call 425-259-0146
Edmonds Community College Foundation, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, provides educational opportunities through scholarships, support and advocacy. Students need help to pay rent or a utility bill, buy textbooks or pay for child care. The foundation offers emergency scholarships so students can continue their education. The foundation also accepts donated cars. Call 425-640-1274 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, send e-mail to email@example.com or check the Web at foundation.edcc.edu.
EquiFriends. 4525 87th Ave SE, Snohomish WA 98290 (mailing address: P.O. Box 856, Snohomish, WA 98291-0856), is a therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities. Needs this year include gift certificates for feed from Dayville Hay & Grain, or State Line Tack, Dover Saddlery or Class Act Consignments; office supplies or gift certificates to office supply stores, copy paper, pens, mailing labels and cardstock in colors; breeches and boots for students; small or lap-robe-size polar fleece blankets; and small colored cones for use in the arena. Call Carrie at 425-337-1137 or e-mail Equifriends@direcway.com.
Equine Rescue Association, 2506-B 128th St. NE, Tulalip, provides shelter for aged, abused, neglected and injured horses and ponies. The organization needs senior feed, chopped hay, alfalfa hay, sawdust, veterinary care, sponsors and volunteers, horse blankets cleaned and repaired, thrush medication, glucosamine, sand and gravel, a tractor with a loader, paint from leftover projects, and polo wraps. Visiting hours are 1 to 6 p.m. daily; call 360-658-5494 or 360-658-1108; www.equinerescueassociation.homestead.com.
Everett Mall Tree of Giving: Holiday trees are decorated with tags bearing the name and holiday wish of a Snohomish County resident in need. To be a Secret Santa, select a tag or two from the tree starting Friday and fill the request. Return wrapped packages by Dec. 22 to the tree in front of Mervyn's. Boy Scouts will help sort and deliver packages before Christmas; call 425-338-0380, ext. 107.
Families for Kids, 6708 Cady Road, Everett, a network for current and former foster and adoptive families, provides information to those who want to be support families for abused and neglected children. It is looking for businesses, offices and families to host Holiday Giving Trees for foster youth. Call Nancy Underwood Long at 425-268-7145.
Food Lifeline, 1702 NE 150th St., Shoreline, WA 98155-7226, is a network of more than 250 food banks, meal programs and shelters in Western Washington, including 20 in Snohomish County. A gift of $1 provides six meals. Call Jill C. at 206-545-6600, ext. 229, for information on how to host a food drive. Other needs include an LCD projector in good working order. Donations can be made by credit card online at www.foodlifeline.org or checks can be mailed.
Giving Trees will be decorated with handcrafted ornaments from more than 20 nonprofit organizations on South Whidbey Island. A suggested donation of $25 purchases an ornament from the charity of ones choice. Giving Trees will be on display Nov. 23 to Dec. 26 in the Bayview Corner Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, and at Neils Clover Patch Cafe at Bayview Center. Call 360-321-4232.
Granite Falls Firefighters Association, 116 S. Granite Ave., P.O. Box 1049, Granite Falls, WA 98252, is a nonprofit organization comprised of members of Snohomish County Fire Protection District 17. It needs new toys for children of all ages and cash. Call 360-691-5553.
Granite Falls Food Bank, 215 S. Granite Ave., P.O. Box 1211, Granite Falls, accepts canned foods, as long as there is no rust on the cans, packaged foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and cash. The food bank has a walk-in freezer and will take fresh or frozen meat if it is not freezer burned. Hours are 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Call 360-691-6466.
Healing the Children is a national, nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to providing medical care to needy children. Foreign children are treated by volunteer medical teams in their homeland and other children are flown to the United States for donated specialized care. The group needs host families, an extra-large laminator (to make badges for medical team doctors when they operate at hospitals in foreign countries and for other educational purposes) and cash for medicine. The Everett office can be reached by calling 425-252-4505 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; www.wa.healingthechildren.org.
Housing Hope, 5830 Everegreen Way, Everett, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and providing safe, decent and affordable housing and related services for low income and homeless residents of Snohomish County. Needs are holiday food baskets, non-perishable foods, grocery gift certificates, new, unopened, unwrapped toys with a focus on education and family togetherness; holiday wrapping paper for the families to wrap their own gifts, phone cards, personal hygiene items, gas vouchers, first aid kits, food vouchers, towels, shoe vouchers, household supplies, bus passes, baby food, cleaning supplies. Drop off donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Ken Schilaty Learning Center, 5908 Evergeen Way, just behind Tomorrows Hope Day Care next to the main Housing Hope offices. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 425-347-6556
Humane Society @ HappyPaws Farm, 19933 Old Burn Road, Arlington (Mailing address for donations: 8304 Wayne Ave, Stanwood, WA 98292), provides animal rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, education and food. Needs volunteers and an additional board member, as well as dry dog food (no color pieces), large dog biscuits (not colored), canned dog food, pet store or supermarket gift cards, paper towels, antibiotic wipes, large heating pads, stamps and cash. Hours are weekends and by appointment weekdays. Call 360-652-5844 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Interfaith Association of Snohomish County are asking for donations to benefit the Interfaith Association's Empowering Families to Self Sufficiency Programs which provide homelessness prevention, emergency shelter and low income housing with multiple additional services. In addition, they will benefit families recently relocated here as evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Donated items can include: My First Leap Pad with books, computer learning software, reading/math work books for all ages, board games for all ages, children/teens dvds, cds and videos, PlayStation 2 or Xbox with games, area rugs for children's playroom, dress up clothes, play kitchenette, digital camera, gift cards for grocery stores, gift cards for office supply stores, new pillows, new sheets and blankets, Janet Pope Executive Director The Interfaith Association of Snohomish County (425) 252-6672, JPope@TIASC.com
Lake Stevens Community Food Bank, 2111 117th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens, provides a food bank for ZIP codes 98258 and 98205. The food bank can best use money to buy food in bulk to feed as many people as possible. Hours are 10 to 11 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays; call 425-334-3430.
Lamoureux Real Estate is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a Teddy Bear Christmas toy drive and holiday open house. Beginning Nov. 28, the Lamoureux Building, 1904 Wetmore Ave., will serve as a drop-off location for the Christmas House of Snohomish County. Deliver new teddy bears or toys during regular business hours or between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 11 for the Holiday Open House. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment and special appearances by Lincoln, the Silvertips Mascot, some of your favorite Silvertips players and Santa Claus. Call 425-259-1768 or visit www.LamoureuxHomes.com.
Little Red School House Early Childhood Developmental Centers, 14 E. Casino Road, Building C, Everett, and 3210 200th Place SW, Lynnwood, provides specialized education and therapy services for children from birth to 5 years old, or at risk of developmental delays and disabilities. It needs new unwrapped educational toys for children up to 5 years old, volunteers to decorate schools for the holidays, wrap childrens gifts, tape and wrapping paper. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday; call 425-513-1663 or 425-775-6070.
Lynnwood Alano Club, 4001 198th St. SW, Suite 6, Lynnwood, WA 98036, provides a social environment for families in a 12-step recovery program. They need gifts for children and Christmas stockings for their party in December. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily; 425-750-9984
Lynnwood Food Bank, 5320 176th St. SW, Lynnwood, serves residents in the Lynnwood area and parts of Mill Creek. The food bank is accepting donations of nonperishable food and cash to buy bulk food items. Checks should be made to the Lynnwood Food Bank. Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Call to schedule any other drop off; 425-745-1635.
Maltby Food Bank, 21104 86th Ave. SE, provides food every week for families. Food is needed. Open for donations from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday; 360-668-7900.
The Marysville Food Bank, 6518 60th Drive NE. The food bank distributes food from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays to clients in the 98270 and 98271 zip codes. Needs nonperishable food, toiletry products, baby supplies (especially formula and diapers) and dog and cat food. More volunteers are also needed on Monday and Friday mornings; 360-658-1054.
Matthew House, 16207 177th Ave. SE, Monroe, served the children and families of people in jail. It needs food, clothing, apartments for short stays, family van service, child care for visits, cash, canned foods and juices for the holidays, Christmas gifts for ages 0-18, Barbies and 4 pack Hot Wheels for Christmas party for needy children, holiday gift certificates and food gift certificates; 360-794-8720 or www.matthewhousemonroe.org.
MS Helping Hands is collecting dolls and stuffed animals to send to the children of hurricane survivors for Christmas. Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the MSHH Donor Closet, 409 Howell Way, Edmonds, WA 98020; the toys will be shipped the first week of December; call 206-718-0894. We will keep collecting new and recycled - used stuffed animals and dolls in real good condition - until the first week in December when we intend to ship them. If you would like to make a donation toward the shipping costs, you can send your donations to MSHH, marked for the Survivor Children Fund, 9792 Edmonds Way, No. 229, Edmonds, WA 98020. Any money left over after the shipping costs are paid will be used to purchase additional items that will also be shipped to them. Any stuffed animals or dolls that are collected after we ship to the hurricane area will go to local agencies for children in this area who are in need.
NOAH Center, 31300 Brandstrom Road, Stanwood, rescues dogs and cats and finds homes for them. It also provides a low-income spay and neuter clinic, and training. It needs gas cards for rescue vehicles, copy paper, dish soap, liquid laundry soap, cat and dog toys, large bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths, heavy duty garbage bags and Friskies canned cat food; 360-629-7055, www.thenoahcenter.org.
Northwest Harvest. An independent, privately supported Washington hunger relief agency that provides food free of fees to a network of 300 food banks and meal programs statewide, including 13 in Snohomish County. To donate, volunteer or ask about food services call 800-722-6924 or go to www.northwestharvest.org. The need is for monetary donations or nonperishable food items such as pasta, canned fruit and vegetables, baby food, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned meats (chicken, tuna), cereal, chili, soups, stews and milk (canned or powdered).
Operation Homefront Washington, P.O. Box 704, Snohomish, 98291, helps military personnel and their families. Adopt a military family with Operation Christmas Wish; Operation Baby Love which provides blankets, quilts and baby items for military families; or Mission: WOWW (Welcoming Our Wounded Warriors) provides robes, slippers, socks, boxer shorts, new DVDs and CDs for those who are hospitalized; Christmas gifts and decorations are also welcomed for wounded soldier. Call Janice at 800-779-5898 or visit www.operationhomefront.net/washington
Operation Marysville Community Christmas. Volunteers in 2005 are celebrating the 20th anniversary of a seasonal tradition of neighbor helping neighbor by distributing Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food baskets and toys to families in need. OMCC, a group of volunteers who work within the Marysville Food Bank, are still registering families for Christmas food baskets and toys. Recipients can register every day of the week except Wednesday and Sunday between the hours of 8-11 a.m. at the food bank, 6518 60th Drive NE. Individuals who wish to donate non-perishable food items, unused toys and bicycles are welcome. For added convenience, look for the familiar Christmas red OMCC giving barrels in any one of the more than 50 participating places where you shop, do business, worship or visit around Marysville. The food bank serves residents in the 98270 and 98271 zip codes. Christmas holiday baskets will be presented to recipients on Dec. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Toys will be distributed at the same times as the food distribution and Dec. 22 from 6-8 p.m. If you would like to volunteer or need more information, we encourage you to call the food bank at 360-658-1054.
Pasados Safe Haven, Monroe, an animal rescue organization, needs items for its rescued elderly and infirm dogs and cats at the AARFF program, the American Association of Retired Felines and Fidos. Needs include gift cards to buy litter, pet food, supplies for ramps and heated dog cabins; 360-793-9393, www.pasadosafehaven.org.
Pathways for Women YWCA, 6027 208th St. SW, Lynnwood, provides shelter, housing, family support groups and community services for women and families in need. Pathways for Women needs sponsors for holiday meals and gifts, new gifts for children from infants to teens, gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, scarves for infants to teens and adult women. Nonperishable foods only. Call Elizabeth Franklin at 425-774-9843, ext. 224.
PAWS Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Companion Animal Shelter and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, 15305 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood, WA 98087, rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned animals; places thousands of cats and dogs each year in new homes; and provides training and education. Needs a vehicle donations (go to www.paws.org for more info), gift cards for pet supplies and building supplies, a Canon 20D Digital SLR camera and lenses, and the professional services of plumbers and electricians. Call 425-742-4009, ext. 270.
Pilchuck Valley Chapel Community Closet, 15533 75th St. NE, Lake Stevens, is a food and clothing bank for the Lake Stevens, Granite Falls, Arlington and Marysville areas. The group needs dry goods, fruit and vegetables, new or slightly used Christmas gifts for children and money; 425-334-9558 or 360-691-7744.
Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County. 2731 10th St. Everett (mailing address is P.O. Box 1317 Everett, WA 98206), provides services to pregnant women and their families. It needs volunteers, new or gently used baby and childrens clothes, new and gently used toys, and cash. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 425-252-6444.
Project Self-sufficiency, 3000 Rockefeller, Admin East, lower level, Everett, provides a range of services to low-income parents who are working on skills to enable them to support their families. Needs include gift cards, food cards and anonymous volunteers to be matched with low-income families for holiday giving. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; call Carol Williams at 425-388-7245.
Providence Children's Center, Women's and Children's Pavilion, 900 Pacific Ave., first floor, Everett, offers therapy for developmentally delayed children and other children with special health care needs. It needs unwrapped new toys for children, from infants to age 16, new and used (good condition) children's books and new children's clothing, also unwrapped. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 425-258-7311.
Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, a health care and hospice agency, needs grocery gift certificates for patients and families; send to Debi Schmidt, Carousel coordinator, PHHC, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Suite 500, Everett, WA 98201. For questions, call the volunteer department at 425-261-4808 or Debi at 425-261-4738.
Public Education Foundation of the Edmonds School District helps students and teachers in the Edmonds School District. Items needed include used Legos, building products such as Capsela, used marbles, clay pots, National Geographic magazines, footballs, basketballs and playground balls, new colored pencils, school supplies, calculators, rulers, four subscriptions to National Geographic magazine, headphones for computers, sugar, flour, Rice Krispies, and new or used musical instruments. Drop off items between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. at College Place Middle School, 7501 208th St. SW, Lynnwood; call 425-670-7311, ext. 4219.
Purrfect Pals, 230 McRae Road NE, Arlington, is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter for cats. The organization needs cash, cat food, gift cards to pet stores, gift cards for pet food and supplies, and volunteers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 360-652-9611, ext. 16, or purrfectpals.org.
Salt of the Earth Food Bank, 1328 73rd St. SE, Everett, provides food for senior citizens, the poor, families in transition and the homeless. It needs money to by bulk foods, nonperishable food, turkeys, gifts for children ages 6 months to 16 years, and volunteers all year around. The food bank serves about 5,000 people a month at eight food banks, open seven days a week. Call Sandra at 425-355-1042 to fin dout where to drop off donations. Send monetary donations to 2908 118th Place SE, Everett, WA 98208.
The Salvation Army, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett, needs gifts for children ages birth to 16. It also needs holiday food, including meat and perishable food, gifts for seniors including bus tickets, stamps, stationery, scarves, hats and gloves, and gift certificates for hair cuts and for grocery stores. Cash is always welcome. Call 425-259-8129.
Sarvey Wildlife Center, 13106 148th NE Arlington, takes in wild animals for rehabilitation. It needs cash, volunteer workers and food items. Call 360 435-4817.
Senior Services of Snohomish County, 8225 44th Ave. W., Suite O, Mukilteo, is a nonprofit organization that provides support to seniors, family caregivers and people with disabilities. It needs cash donations. Mail contributions to Senior Services of Snohomish County, P.O. Box 1672, Mukilteo, WA 98275-7872, or visit www.sssc.org. Call 425-290-1262.
Sky Valley (Monroe) Food Bank, P.O. Box 724, Monroe 98272, provides food to families and individuals in need including seniors, children and the homeless. It needs to buy bulk food at low prices, as well as new unwrapped toys for the Precious Packages toy drive. Deadline for holiday food and toys is Dec. 19. Donors hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Call 360-794-7959.
Snohomish County Center for Battered Women New & Again Thrift Store, 3116 Rucker Ave., Everett, is dedicated to ending domestic violence by providing a services to victims of domestic violence, including their children, and by facilitating social change. It needs new unwrapped gifts for women and children delivered by Dec. 14, as well as gift cards for teens. For housing units: small TVs, 10 blenders, toasters, microwaves and mixers, and photo albums, picture frames, disposable cameras, stamps, calling cards, journals, slippers, pajamas, robes, socks andunderwear, watches, umbrellas, rain coats, clothes gift certificates, stationery, personal items, sports equipment, new unwrapped toys, paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water, twin bed sheet sets, comforters for twin beds. For questions concerning donations, call 425-259-2827, ext. 21, for Vicci or ext. 12 for Kae Friesen.
Snohomish County Project Self-Sufficiency Services, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 305 (Admin East, Lower Level), provides services to low-income parents who are engaged in the transition from welfare to work. The Holiday Adopt-A-Family program anonymously matches a project family with a community donor who provides holiday gifts and food gift certificates for the family. Call 425-388-7245.
South Everett Neighborhood Center, 6315 Fleming St., Everett, is a nonprofit resource and family support center of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. It needs nonperishable food, toys, new board games for teens and cash for holiday gifts. It also needs volunteers to help with a winter holiday celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8; 425-355-6005.
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 4312 84th St. NE, Marysville, is collecting food for the Marysville Food Bank. Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the church from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thrusday; 360-659-1727.
Stanwood Camano Food Bank, 27030 102nd NW, Stanwood, supplies food to clients in need and distributes Christmas gifts for the children of clients. It needs food, cash and unwrapped gift items. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; call 360-629-2789 or 360-629-3337.
Stanwood Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW, Stanwood, is a nonprofit organization that promotes a healthy, active and independent lifestyle for older adults. It provides wellness programs and classes of all kinds for all ages, and serves as the community center for subsidized lunches. The group needs volunteers and cash. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for donations; 360-629-7403.
United Way of Snohomish County needs individuals or groups who can volunteer during the holidays and throughout the year. Call 425-921-3459 or visit www.uwsc.org and follow the links to The Volunteer Center.
Volunteers of America, 1230 Broadway, Everett, offers a variety of services to those in need including a food bank and holiday basket bureau. Food donation hours for perishable and nonperishable food items are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Mail donations to P.O. Box 839, Everett 98206; call 425-259-3192, ext. 223.
VOA hotline: The Community Information Line, a Volunteers of America program, is a source of community information such as holiday programs; 425-258-4227.
Windermere Real Estate-North Inc., 4211 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Suite 110, Lynnwood, in conjunction with Windermere Foundation, will adopt 12 families through Deaconess Children's Services in Everett. It is looking for people who would like to help in the adopt-a-family program in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, and accepting gifts and money for food certificates. Call 425-776-1119, ext. 245.
YWCA. Adopt a family and purchase holidays gifts for each family member; host a toy drive or giving tree at your office or in your neighborhood; donate money or grocery store certificates. To get started, sign up or to get more information, just follow this Web site link at www.ywcaworks.org/page/213. Check out the Web site before Dec. 7 (when gifts and donations are due). All you need to do is sign up and drop your gift(s) off at one of two locations - downtown Seattle at 1118 Fifth Ave. or Renton at 1010 South Second St. All collected or purchased items must be delivered to the YWCA. For more information in Snohomish County call 425.774.9843 ext. 224 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YWCA, 6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville, is collecting donations for the local food bank until Dec. 22. Also needed are $15 store gift cards for Big Brothers-Big Sisters and gifts for young children of military families. Donations will be accepted at the Sundaes with Santa Family Event from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the YMCA. Donations can also be dropped off between 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 360-653-9622, ext. 108.
Youthnet, 125 N Fifth St., Mount Vernon 98273, provides foster care, independent living skills, parent support programs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Needs are cash and gifts for foster children such as certificates and toys. Call 360-336-1610, ext. 1213.
Whidbey Island Share a Home, a nonprofit program that provides affordable housing throughout Whidbey Island, would like the spare change on your dressers, in your pockets and in your cars. Plastic piggy banks shaped like houses will begin appearing in stores and churches and change collected through Dec. 2 will go to the program. Everyone is invited to return their banks to the Bayview Cash Store between 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 3 for a Making the Change Count party. Call Goosefoot at 360-321-4145.
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