Several South Snohomish County families will have a merrier Christmas and happier Hanukkah thanks to the local YWCA’s toy bank.
This year, 221 families from around South County visited Mountlake Terrace’s Church of Christ on Dec. 9 and came away with toys for about 600 children.
“It was wonderful,” said Luanne Kunz, community affairs coordinator for the YWCA.
Families were eligible to participate if they registered with the Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace or Edmonds food banks. This year, 402 families signed up.
The largest number of participants came from Lynnwood, with 161 families coming in. Forty-seven families came from Mountlake Terrace, 28 families came from Edmonds, 25 were from Everett, 13 from Bothell and seven from Mill Creek.
In addition to those who signed up, 72 families who didn’t pre-register with a food bank came by and got toys for children, bringing the grand total of children served to 887, according to Kunz.
“We weren’t going to turn anyone away,” she said.
Participants were allowed to get one toy per child and could choose from a variety of stocking stuffers. Toys were donated from a variety of businesses.
“Toys came from everywhere,” Kunz said.