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Adopt a family holiday programs around Seattle, 2020

Some logistics are different this year, but the need is urgent.

Editor’s note: Updated November 2020 

Adopt a family for the holidays. It’s a great way to help out, share your good fortune and teach your kids about generosity.

Some local programs and organizations around Seattle are changing the way they support families in the coronavirus holiday season of 2020. Please read carefully and give generously.

Bellevue LifeSpring

This agency has changed its holiday-giving program. Here’s how it works for 2020: Wellspring invites gifts in $100 increments to provide food and gifts for one child. It will buy retail gift cards at a discount and distribute them, with help from Bellevue School District, to families who need them most. (Priority to be given to families experiencing homelessness.) Here are details on how to give.

Wellspring Family Services

This Seattle community-service agency runs a Baby Boutique stocked with new and gently used clothes, supplies and gear for kids up to age 18. This free store provides families experiencing homelessness and poverty with holiday gifts and necessities for their children. Here’s what they could use the most. (Money also works.)


Hopelink will be giving gift cards to families in north and east King County this year (rather than soliciting items for its traditional Gift Room.) Here’s how to give to Hopelink.


Treehouse is dedicated to helping kids in the foster-care system. It is not currently accepted donated goods but offers a way to families to host their own holiday collection drives of wish-list items or cash that it can use to buy necessities.

The Forgotten Children’s Fund

Forgotten Children’s Fund volunteers raise funds (here’s how to donate) to purchase, wrap and deliver gifts to kids and their families (in Seattle and beyond) who are in need. They are gearing up for a 2020 operation with COVID precautions and lots of enthusiasm. Here’s how to volunteer at the “North Pole.” FCF’s story, by the way, will melt your heart.


YWCA’s adopt a family program helps more than 1,000 families annually in King and Snohomish counties. For 2020, it’s going to be all gift cards, and it will work like this: Contact with the size of family you’d like to adopt. They’ll find one and give you their information. The gift is to be a $100 grocery gift card for the head of the household, plus two $50 gift cards for each child, to the two stores of their choice. The donation is to be dropped off, drive-through style, on Dec. 6 and 7.

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