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holiday toy drives

A Toys for Tots collection site inside a King County Fred Meyer location.

How to donate to holiday toy drives around Seattle, 2020

How and where to give this holiday season.

Let’s talk about holiday toy drives.

It’s been tough this year, and so many Seattle-area families are in need of so many things. Toys and gifts for kids is one area that can really tug at the heartstrings, but lots of good people are working hard to make sure that — with help from all of us — kids will get gifts.

In most cases, this is not when you go through your closet and get rid of hand-me-downs (although plenty of places will accept gently used items, too).

If you’ve got some money to spare, this is a nice way to spend it.

It can also be a fun holiday activity, and great lesson, for kids.

We know one family who would make sort of a game out of it: Each person would be given a budget, and they’d spread out in a popular, large toy retailer and go to town, seeing who could come up with the “best” gift for the money (subjective, of course).

Here are some of the holiday toy drives we’ve heard about. If you know of more, please reach out!

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is one of the biggies, run by Santa’s helpers in the U.S. Marines and with collection points spread far and wide. A gift of money is also a great (safe) way to go.

2020 Les Schwab Q13 FOX Virtual Toy Drive

Drop off donations at Les Schwab Tires shops or donate virtually by shopping online with Snapdoodle Toys. (Here’s a “wish list” of desired items.)

South King Fire & Rescue

South King Fire & Rescue, serving Des Moines, Federal Way and parts of unincorporated South King County from dozens of facilities, is partnering with the organization Federal Way Cares for Kids to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys and $20 gift cards. Financial gifts also welcome. The firefighters also are taking their show on the road with a series of visits to neighborhoods (sirens and lights blazing) Dec. 4-7, during which they will greet families and accept donations.

* If you know of more efforts we should list, email jhanson@seattleschild.com

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Adopt-a-family programs around the Seattle area for 2020

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About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.