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

How to donate to holiday toy drives around Seattle

How and where to give this holiday season.

Let’s talk about holiday toy drives.

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 kids will get gifts. They need our help, though.

In most cases, this is not when you go through your closet and get rid of hand-me-downs (here are ideas for that).

Donating toys can be a fun holiday activity, and great lesson, for kids.

We know one family who would make 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.

KIRO-7/Albert Lee/All City Fence Company/Ford Kirkland/Ziply Fiber

The KIRO 7 Cares Toy Drive helps Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and other nonprofits. This year’s most-needed list: items for babies, girls and boys aged 9-13, and items for pre-teens and teens (ideas: sporting equipment, skateboards, books, cosmetic and bath gift sets, board games and remote-control toys and video games). If you’d like to apply to be a drop off location, email KIRO-7 with details of your business. More information and donation locations can be found here.

KOMO Toy Drive 2022

Participate in the KOMO News toy drive this year, and spread the holiday spirit to families in western Washington. KOMO is partnering up with The Salvation Army Toy and Joy program to celebrate the holidays and help local kids. You can donate online, at Fred Meyer locations, and shop at the The Salvation Army Toy and Joy program. Collections start Nov. 21. You can even call in donations starting Dec. 9.

STAR 101.5 Moug & Angie Mornings Toy Drive

Morning-show host Moug is living and broadcasting from a scaffold in the parking lot at the Outlet Collection in Auburn Nov. 10-21 (2022). They are seeking new, unwrapped toys, bikes, cash and gift cards, which will be distributed with the help of the Salvation Army.

Les Schwab Q13 FOX Drive

Starting in November, you can drop off donations (new and unwrapped) at Les Schwab Tires shops. This program also partners with many retailers and organizations across the state, including Snapdoodle Toys. Snapdoodle, with locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Kenmore and Redmond, accepts both online and in-person donations as well as cash gifts. You can start donating gifts around Thanksgiving with all donations received by Dec. 16.

 

Toy ‘N Joy Donation Drive

Bartell Drugs works with the Salvation Army and WARM 106.9 to raise thousands of dollars in goods and as monetary donations for families in need. Donate new, unwrapped gifts at any Bartell location through December, and they will be delivered to local kids. In addition, cash donations can be given at the register. Donations of toys and gift cards are much appreciated.

 

Federal Way Cares for kids

This nonprofit serves families in the Federal Way School District. It will distribute toys for kids ages 3-11 (drop off at South King Fire & Rescue locations or purchase via Amazon wish list) and gift cards for adolescents and teens. In addition, it has a cool program in which you can “sponsor Christmas morning” with a donation via Paypal or Venmo.

 

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

 

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Updated in October 2022

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 14-year-old girl.