In partnership with the Salvation Army and WARM 106.9, we’re thrilled to bring back our holiday Toy N’ Joy campaign for the 19th consecutive year! Between November 7th and December 4th, donate new, unwrapped toys at any Bartell location, and we’ll make sure they are delivered to a local child this holiday season! This very special program reaches thousands of kids each holiday season. Given our challenging year, your donation is especially important and can make a world of difference!
If you’re like many of us and don’t have time to shop for a toy, you can also donate cash at the register (every dollar helps!) when you next shop at your neighborhood Bartell’s. Last year our wonderful community raised $310,000!
Christina*, a single mother with three children (ages 14-months, 4, and 12), moved to the Puget Sound area from Eastern WA, with little to call their own, to be closer to medical care. Her days were spent caring for her four-year-old daughter, who was battling leukemia, while also trying to provide for her other two children. With her hands full and many waking hours spent at the hospital, she had little time to work. Simply trying to take life one day at a time, being able to afford a Christmas seemed beyond her reach.
Fortunately, through the help of a neighbor, she found The Salvation Army. Last year, The Salvation Army helped register her and her children for Christmas Assistance, where they received a grocery card to help buy food for a Christmas dinner. Additionally, Christina was able to find the perfect toys for her children through The Salvation Army’s toy distribution program. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of those who donated toys and dollars, Christina and her children were able to pause their ongoing hardships for a moment. On Christmas morning she was given the opportunity to fill her home with a level of joy that was sorely missed. Christina’s story truly illustrates the impact your donations can make on a family in our area.
*Name has been changed for privacy
For anyone interested in donating, here are some great suggestions to get you started!
Toys & Games
LEGO sets and holiday-shaped puzzles are a few great presents that you can donate to the drive. Take a look at board games as well – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas games are a couple of our favorites!
Makeup and Beauty Items
Holiday gift sets are always a hit! Check out the Freeman Beauty sets, Burt’s Bees Essentials Kits, and fragrance gift sets.
We offer gift cards in a variety of dollar amounts from some of the best shops around town, including Nordstrom, Starbucks, Best Buy, and of course your neighborhood Bartell’s as well.