As the holidays approach we look forward to spending time with our families and thinking of ways that we can support our local communities. There are many wonderful organizations to give to this time of year, here are a few of our favorites:

Compass Housing Alliance:
Compass Housing Alliance provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. For their holiday giving program, you can purchase a gift card, give directly to the Holiday Gift Fund or purchase a gift from the Amazon Holiday Wishlist. There also are many volunteer opportunities for families including decorating and baking.

Mary’s Place:
Mary’s Place serves families experiencing homelessness across Seattle. Mary’s Place operates a holiday giving program and is requesting gift cards for teens and parents or a specific gift for a child from their kids’ holiday gift list. If you miss their 12/9 deadline for gifts, you can also purchase items from their Amazon Wish List or donate gently used items to their donation centers.

Phinney Neighborhood Association:
Phinney Neighborhood Association has partnered with organizations in NW Seattle for a virtual gift tag program. Sign up on their website to purchase a specific gift or gift card for a NW Seattle neighbor.

Treehouse in Rainier Valley:
Treehouse in Rainier Valley supports youth experiencing foster care. A meaningful holiday gift or warm, trendy clothes can make all the difference to a youth’s confidence and well-being. You can donate gently used or new clothing and goods to their Treehouse Store, or shop from their holiday wish list.

Urban Rest Stops in Ballard & Downtown:
At Urban Rest Stops unsheltered individuals and families can access running water and utilize restroom, shower and laundry services. You can donate new hygiene products, and there is a high need for new socks. See the website for details about how to donate.

WestSide Baby in White Center:
WestSide Baby is accepting donations of new & gently used infant & children’s essentials, including: hygiene items and diapers, toys and books, and apparel and shoes. You can also purchase items on the organization’s Amazon Wish List.

YouthCare In NE Seattle:
YouthCare in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood supports youth experiencing homelessness. This holiday season they is asking community members to spread the holiday joy with gift cards or donations of new and gently used items, Visit their website to see the most asked for and needed gifts.

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