Assistance with holiday gifts and meals -- see list below. (If your family is already receiving assistance from one or more of the following, or from another resource, please allow other families in our area to access these limited resources.)
DONATION AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Each of the organizations below are grateful for your help! Please contact them directly for hands-on volunteering, or to donate directly - children's gifts, clothing, or give financial support. All have Facebook pages.
Granite Falls High School Food & Gift Drive
Christmas House - Granite Falls Fire District #17
Granite Falls Community Coalition
Holy Cross Outreach Giving Tree
Granite Falls Food Bank
Angel Resource Connection - serving homeless in Granite Falls
NOTE: CANCELLED FOR 2020 - Granite Falls Community Tree Lighting - The first Saturday in December. Festivities start at 4:30pm. Santa arrives at 5pm to throw the switch! Caroling, Granite Falls High School Band, Silly Holiday Hat contest, Hot Apple Cider and Cookies, and much more! At the Granite Falls Historical Museum, near corner of S. Granite Avenue and Union Street.
CHRISTMAS HOUSE at the Granite Falls Fire Station on S. Granite Avenue, on Saturday, December 12 from 8:30am - 4:00pm. Parents who need some assistance in gift giving can choose a gift; must be a resident of Granite Falls and have a child enrolled in the Granite Falls School District.
Holiday Assistance Programs – Granite Falls
Elementary and Middle School – the teachers/counselors/staff identify, but parents can contact the school as well to check if their names have been added.
Granite Falls High school – The Granite Falls School district food drive is run by High school students and advised by Mr. Dinwiddie but has the whole school district support, each building in our school district helps and refers people.
Granite Falls Fire District #17 – Has a ‘Christmas House’ for parents to pick out presents; Must provide proof of residency in the Granite Falls School District or Fire District #17. Donations of new, unwrapped toys and clothing are appreciated, and may be left at the fire station.
Holy Cross Outreach "Giving Tree" - families receive Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner, and children receive a gift. THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS are taken during regular Outreach hours starting in late September through early November. Outreach hours are Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm, and Thursdays 10:00am - 12noon.
Located in modular trailer behind parish hall. From Granite Falls, go approximately 4 miles West of downtown Granite Falls. Holy Cross is on the left directly off Hwy. 92
Lake Stevens Rotary Club – Bikes for Tykes program for Christmas; coordinated through School District in Granite Falls
FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS -- FREE!
NOTE: CANCELLED FOR 2020 - FIRST SATURDAY IN DECEMBER - Community Tree Lighting, Holiday Hat Contest, Santa, Caroling, Cookies, Hot Chocolate, and more starting at 4:00pm. At the Granite Falls Historical Museum, 109 S. Union Street.
FIRST SATURDAY IN DECEMBER - "Dickens Fair" at Lake Stevens High School. 10am - 4pm, with music performances, Santa photos, vendors, and more. Admission is a can of food for the food bank.
PLEASE NOTE: DOUBLE CHECK THE FOLLOWING FOR 2020 - MAY BE CANCELLED.
Christmas House in Everett serves low-income in Snohomish County -- 5 gifts per child, plus 1 family gift. No pre-registration. Click here for requirements to participate, and the dates: www.christmas-house.org/shop
Assistance League of Everett, 5107 Evergreen Way, P.O. Box 3825, Everett, WA 98203, The Assistance League, which runs a thrift store, provides clothing for kids in need from throughout the county. For more information, call 425-252-3011, or go to www.assistanceleagueofeverett.org.
Foster Kids Secret Santa Toy Drive, sponsored by Sleep County USA. For more information, go to www.sleepcountry.com.
Forgotten Children’s Fund helps with ‘adopt a family’ holiday program. Anyone can write a referral letter, including the family. Check site for deadline!. You will need to read the website for detailed information about what the letter should include at www.forgottenchildrensfund.org. Selected children receive a new coat, at least 3 toys, food staples and blankets.
Toys for Tots campaign, run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, in Stanwood, Arlington, Marysville and Lake Stevens. Donation bins are set up now at those stores. More information is online at www.toysfortots.org.
Boy Scout Tree of Giving at the Everett Mall, 1000 SE Everett Mall Way. A joint project of the mall, Fluke Corp. and the Mount Baker Council of Boy Scouts of America (INCLUDES GRANITE FALLS AND LAKE STEVENS), the tree is covered with wish-list tags. Shoppers select a tag and purchase the items listed. Tags represent the wishes of the elderly (many in nursing homes). Mount Baker Council, 1715 100th Place SE, Everett, WA 98208. Call 425-338-0380.
Housing Hope, 5830 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203, provides affordable housing and services for low-income and homeless residents of Snohomish County. (THIS PROGRAM SERVES PEOPLE LIVING IN THEIR LAKE STEVENS APARTMENTS) Needed are those who will "adopt" a Housing Hope family, choose an item off a wish list, or provide nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, baby items or gift cards.
Operation Marysville Community Christmas, P.O. Box 917, Marysville, WA 98270, helps families in need of food, basic necessities and toys for the holidays. Food and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of 50 red barrels in stores, fire stations, banks and other locations around Marysville. To volunteer, contact Marysville Community Food Bank at 360-658-1054.
Snohomish County Salvation Army, 2525 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201, holiday service program needs support for its annual Adopt a Family and Angel Tree programs. The Adopt a Family program targets families in need by providing gifts for their children as well as food for a holiday dinner. The Angel Tree program provides donors an angel tag gift request representing a boy or girl up to age 14 in the Salvation Army social services program. To learn more, clients can call 425-259-8129.
Free Clothing Bank, Cornerstone Bible Church, 15533 75th Street NE (on the corner of SR 92), open every Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Clothes to fit everyone, some are new. Donations are always welcome!
St. Joseph’s House, 1925 4th Street, Marysville. Free clothing and household items to low-income families and individuals in Snohomish County. Open Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon.