Let’s talk about holiday toy drives.
It’s been tough this year, and so many Seattle-area families need so much. Toys and gifts for children is an area that can really touch the heart, but many good people work hard to ensure that children will receive gifts. They need our help, however.
In most cases, this isn’t the time to go through your closet and get rid of used clothes (here are some ideas for that).
Donating toys can be a fun holiday activity and a great lesson for kids.
We know of a family that would make a game out of it: each person would be assigned a budget, and they would split up at a popular big toy store and drive around town to see who could find the “best” gift. for the money (subjective, of course).
Here are some of the holiday toy drives we’ve heard of. If you know more, contact us!
Toys for toddlers
Toys for Tots is one of the biggies, run by Santa’s Helpers in the US Marines and with collection points scattered far and wide. A cash donation is also a great (safe) way to do this.
KIRO-7/Albert Lee/All City Fence Company/Ford Kirkland/Ziply Fiber
The KIRO 7 Cares toy drive helps Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, and other nonprofits. This year’s must-have list: items for babies, girls and boys ages 9-13, and items for tweens and teens (ideas: sports gear, skateboards, books, cosmetic and bath sets, society and remote control toys and video games). If you would like to apply to be a drop off location, email KIRO-7 with your company details. More information and donation locations can be found here.
2022 KOMO Toy Drive
Join the KOMO News toy drive this year and spread the holiday spirit to families in Western Washington. KOMO partners with the Salvation Army’s Toy and Joy program to celebrate the holidays and help local children. You can donate online, at Fred Meyer stores and shop through the Salvation Army’s Toy and Joy program. Collections begin November 21. You can even call for donations starting December 9.
The Schwab Q13 FOX Drive
From November, you can drop off your donations (new and unwrapped) at Les Schwab Tires stores. This program also partners with many retailers and organizations across the state, including Snapdoodle Toys, which accepts online and in-person donations. You can start donating around Thanksgiving with all donations received before December 16th.
Toy ‘N Joy Donation Drive
Bartell Drugs works with The Salvation Army and WARM 106.9 to raise thousands of dollars in goods and monetary donations for families in need. Donate new unwrapped gifts at any Bartell store through December, and they’ll be delivered to local kids. Additionally, cash donations can be made at the cash desk. Donations of toys and gift cards are greatly appreciated.
Federal Way takes care of children
This non-profit organization serves families in the Federal Way School District. It will be giving out toys for kids ages 3-11 (drop off at South King Fire & Rescue stores or buy through Amazon’s Wish List) and gift cards for teens and teens. Plus, it has a cool program where you can “sponsor Christmas morning” with a donation through Paypal or Venmo.
*If you know of other efforts we should list, email [email protected]
More generosity during the holidays:
Adopt a Family Programs in the Seattle Area
Simple ways to help people struggling with homelessness
Updated October 2022