The Human Solutions’ Annual Toy Drive & Holiday Store Need Your Help Again This Year!
You may well be eating Halloween candy as you read this (we are!), but we’re also thinking ahead to our 2019 Toy Drive & Holiday Store for the low-income families we work with, a joyful holiday tradition since 2004. Just call us holiday multi-taskers!
Our annual Holiday Store is a unique event for low-income families because we invite parents in our programs to visit our toy “store” and select gifts they know their kids will want. In other words, they choose gifts for their kids; something people in poverty get to do far too seldom.
Will you help us make this event a success? With the help of our community – that’s you! – we can reach more low-income kids and families this year than ever before.
Here’s how you can help:
Collect & Donate Toys.
We are asking you - by yourself or together with your favorite group (church, company, block, knitting circle, sports team, book club, etc...) for help collecting gifts! Deliver donated items, coordinate a gift drive or host a donation bin in your space. Our biggest needs are for toys and games for kids ages 2 to 18. We request that all donations be new and unwrapped. You’ll find our Wish List here (it doubles as a flyer for your toy collection bin or to encourage friends and family to participate!). Last year we reached 540 kids, thanks to the community support of donors like you! This year, we’re hoping to grow our impact to 600 kids - but we can’t do it without your help.
Volunteer at the Holiday Store.
The truth is we couldn’t make this all happen without volunteers! Folks are needed to set up and clean up, wrap gifts, bake cookies & keep the hot chocolate flowing, and assist shoppers who want a hand. This year’s store takes place again at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church at NE 174th & Glisan and will be open from Thursday, Dec. 19th through Saturday, Dec. 21st. Find dates and jobs that work for you - then sign up here.
Sponsor the Event.
Consider becoming a Toy Drive Sponsor to make it all possible. Options range from $250 to $5,000 – details right here.
Thanks in advance for bringing holiday cheer to families & kids – it’s a joy for givers and receivers alike!
Lisa, Andie & the entire Human Solutions Toy Drive Team