Across King County, Washington there are several Christmas assistance programs. Non-profit organizations run them using donations from the community and also the support of volunteers. A wide variety of free toys, gifts, and food items may be offered to struggling families, in particular those with children, in an effort to spread the holiday joy.
Some of the charities offer more than just Christmas help. They may also administer Thanksgiving meals or Easter gift baskets. Anyone who may qualify and is interested in getting more information will need to call a center.
Countless families in Seattle are struggling in these challenging times. The free gifts, clothing and meals that are provided around the holidays can make a big difference. It can free up your money for paying other bills and help people have some joy around Christmas and other holidays.
Below we’ve listed a variety of holiday assistance programs organized alphabetically by the city they’re located. Click on the links to learn about the program eligibility requirements, dates and more.
Black Diamond Community Center
31605 3rd Ave
Black Diamond, Washington, 98010
The non-profit does not serve the city of Seattle, and all people need to call for appointment to register/apply for Christmas help. The center offers free Christmas gifts for school children, grades K-12, in Black Diamond district only.
Real Life Church
26201 180th Ave SE
Covington, WA, 98042
Up to 2 free gifts, presents, clothing items or gift cards are for families with children living in Covington.
1200 S 336th St.
Federal Way, WA, 98003
Provides free Christmas and holiday food for all clients. Volunteers and donations also can give gifts for children, ages 18 and younger. The program runs for qualified residents that live within the boundaries (in the following zip codes: 98003, 98023, 98032, 98422, and parts of 98001) of the Federal Way School District.
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank
179 1st Ave SE
Issaquah, WA, 98027
The Holiday Gift Barn is providing gift cards for holiday shopping to registered clients of Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, have a child under 18 (if your child is 18 but in high school, that is acceptable) and reside in one of the following zip codes: 98027, 98029, 98074, 98075, 98038, 98024, 98025, 98014, 98045, 98050, 98055-59, 98065.
Eastridge Church – Issaquah Campus
24205 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd.
Issaquah, WA, 98029
There is a Turkey & Groceries Giveaway where you can receive a free turkey and a bag of groceries while supplies last. No proof of need required. There’s also a Toy House where toys will be given out and a Christmas show for the family to enjoy will take place. Note that in order to sign up for the Toy House, you must attend either the Seattle or Issaquah Turkey Giveaway
Maple Valley Food Bank
21415 Maple Valley Hwy
Maple Valley, WA, 98038
Free food, gifts, and toys will be handed out. It is for children, students, and teenagers of the Tahoma School District, Maple Valley, Hobart, Ravensdale, and Covington.
Mercer Island Youth and Family Services – Holiday Food and Gift Program
2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, Washington, 98040
Hopelink – Redmond
8990 154th Ave. East
Redmond, Washington, 98052
Hopelink offers a network of support services including food assistance, housing, financial capabilities, employment services, transportation, energy assistance, financial assistance, adult education, and family development. Depending on your situation, Hopelink can offer various forms of support to help you pay for expenses, heat your home, and keep food on the table through the holidays. In addition to Redmond, Hopelink has service centers as well as food banks in Shoreline, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Carnation.
Eastridge Church – West Seattle Campus
4500 39th Ave SW, West Seattle Assembly of God
Seattle, WA 98116
There is a Turkey & Groceries Giveaway where you can receive a free turkey and a bag of groceries while supplies last. No proof of need required. There’s also a Toy House where toys will be given out and a Christmas show for the family to enjoy will take place. Note that in order to sign up for the Toy House, you must attend either the Seattle or Issaquah Turkey Giveaway.
Mount Zion Baptist Church – Jesse Owens Fellowship Hall
1634 19th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
The program has Thanksgiving baskets available to families who submit applications. They also have a program known as Christmas Day of Caring. The charity has a holiday celebration, lunch and free Christmas toy giveaway in King County for children ages 12 and younger.
University District Food Bank
Location is 5017 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
The Holiday Gift Program combines food boxes (at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter) with holiday gifts for kids under the age of 18.
Catholic Community Services – Annual Holiday Gift Shop
4250 S. Mead St.
St. Edwards Parish, Seattle, WA 98118
The gift shop is for pregnant women, including single moms. Kids needs to be under age of or just born, and they can get toys as well as free Christmas gifts. It is for low income and working poor families.
King County Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots collects and gives out toys, books and stocking stuffers to children in need in King County. This year, toys will be distributed only to non-profit organizations and individuals will need to reach out to approved organizations to request a toy. The approved organizations can be found by clicking on the link above.
Salvation Army – Seattle Temple Corps
There are a few social service offices in King County that run holiday programs. Please see below. Toy ‘n Joy can distribute free toys, vouchers and food cards to income eligible families. Another resource known as Christmas Gift Bags For Seniors assist the elderly and homebound, and some delivered meals and gifts may be offered in King County too. The Giving Tree and Toy ‘n Joy, or Angel Tree, is also in the region.
- Address is 9501 Greenwood Ave N Outreach Ministries, Seattle, Washington, 98103, (206) 783-1226
- Salvation Army – Social Services Department – East King, 911 164th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA, 98008. Dial (425) 452-7300.
- 911 164th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA, 98008, dial (425) 452-7300
- Federal Way/Des Moines Salvation Army center is at 26419 16th Ave S, Des Moines, Washington, 98198, (253) 946-7933
- 1209 Central Ave S Suite 145, Kent, WA, 98032. Call this center at (253) 852-4983.
- 720 S Tobin St, Renton, WA, 98057, dial (425) 255-5969 for intake.
- 1101 Pike St, Seattle, Washington, 98101, telephone (206) 442-8363
- Another Salvation Army Social Services Department is located at 9050 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98106. Call (206) 767-3150 Ext: 102.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – Council of Seattle Area and local churches
The charity and its churches administer the Christmas Family Assistance program for King County residents. Free food, toys, hot meals, gifts and clothing may all be offered.