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Share the love: adopt-a-family holiday programs around Seattle

Want to help a family in need, but not sure where to start? Here are some agencies that will be happy to help you -- and to have your help!


Local programs and organizations around Seattle give you the chance to donate toys, clothing and other items to families who don’t have the financial means to purchase holiday gifts. Get involved by checking out their holiday donation offerings below.



YWCA’s adopt-a-family program helps more than 1,000 families annually. The nonprofit has a very organized way of doing this, with detailed instructions. NOTE: Deadlines are looming. Adopt-a-family goods for King County families need to be dropped off between Dec. 10 and 14; in Snohomish County, the dates are Dec. 10-11 in Everett, Dec. 12-13 in Lynnwood. Go online for full details.

Bellevue LifeSpring

Make a financial donation to their organization or purchase from their Amazon wishlist.


Wellspring Family Services

Wellspring Family Services runs a Baby Boutique, stocked with clothes, supplies, and gear for kids from birth to age 17. This free store gives families the opportunity to select gifts for their own kids. Find information on specific needs here.



Hopelink also hosts a giving room where families can shop for gifts.



Treehouse collects gifts for foster kids through a wishlist on their website; volunteer to help out at their Wearhouse, a space where foster kids can shop.


Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children

Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children puts together stockings based on donated items; find their wish list online. (According to their website, they have all they need for 2019. Please help another organization instead!)


The Forgotten Children’s Fund

Forgotten Children’s Fund volunteers raise funds to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to kids and their families who are in need. Last year, they helped almost 3,000 kids in 800 families.

More ways to put heart in your holidays:

Places your family can volunteer during the holidays, or anytime

5 simple ways to teach kids the volunteering spirit