Katie Villa stuffs stockings for the city of Tukwila’s Spirit of Giving last year. Volunteers and donations are needed for this year’s campaign. HEIDI SANDERS, Tukwila Reporter

Katie Villa stuffs stockings for the city of Tukwila’s Spirit of Giving last year. Volunteers and donations are needed for this year’s campaign. HEIDI SANDERS, Tukwila Reporter

Tukwila seeks volunteers, donations for Spirit of Giving

Help those in need by volunteering or donating to the Spirit of Giving.

Each year as the holiday season approaches, the city of Tukwila prepares for the annual Spirit of Giving Campaign.

Organized by the Parks and Recreation Department, this effort helps make the holiday season a time of celebration for local families and children in low-income and troubled situations. Recipients in the program are typically homeless children and families who reside in Tukwila that are recommended by Tukwila School District employees or the city’s Human Services Department. Families selected for this program are invited to a special holiday event where they are given the opportunity to “shop the store,” which is stocked with donated items, and select special holiday gifts for their children.

Last year, the program served more than 300 children. This year’s goal is to once again serve all the district’s displaced families, which includes more than 300 children.

Ways to help

• Donate unwrapped holiday gifts: Donate new, unwrapped gifts for children or teens to our giving store. Families are in need of blankets, gloves, mittens and warm hats in various sizes. A list of the most requested items is available.

• Donate cash or gift cards: Too busy to shop? Make a donation or purchase store gift cards and leave the shopping to event organizers. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave South, Tukwila, WA 98168, or by donating online.

• Volunteer: There are many opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved. Volunteers can help with pre-event activities, day of and clean up.

For more information, contact Shannon Fisher at 206-768-2822 or via email at shannon.fisher@tukwilawa.gov.

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