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How to host your own holiday donation drive to help Seattle-area kids in foster care


At any time in Washington state, there are between 9,000 and 10,000 children and youth in foster care. Treehouse, founded in 1988, is a leading nonprofit that addresses the academic and other essential support needs of those youths. They make the holidays better and brighter for thousands of kids.


Holiday donation drives are essential to Treehouse’s mission of giving youth in foster care both a childhood and a future. These drives raise money to fund extracurricular activities like sports or music lessons for kids and ensure that Treehouse is stocked with gifts and essential items during the holiday season.


Any organization, individual or family can host a holiday donation drive. Treehouse will provide you with a toolkit, materials and guidance to make sure you have a successful drive, and Dana Petrarca, the community engagement officer at Treehouse, says, “it’s easy, fun and has such an impact on our most vulnerable youth.”


The toolkit includes:

  • A unique online donation page
  • Instructions, tips, tricks and helpful information
  • Various ways to share about Treehouse and the drive
  • A poster and a wishlist
  • Donation gift tags


Treehouse suggests setting a $500 goal, but it can be adjusted to fit any size group. Support for in-kind donation drives focused on clothing and other essential items also is available.


To get started, visit the Treehouse website to sign up. Any individual or organization interested in hosting a holiday donation drive can also contact Dana Petrarca at 206-260-5109 or

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