The season of giving has arrived! It’s time for our 17th Annual Toy ‘N Joy donation drive in partnership with the Salvation Army and Warm 106.9! From November 15th to December 9th, customers are encouraged to visit any Bartell’s location to donate new, unwrapped gifts to benefit children in the Puget Sound area.
Many families are unable to purchase gifts for their loved ones during the holidays. Families like Eric’s* are grateful for your help in making the holiday season bright.
While it had only been a few days since he had put the Halloween decorations away, Eric, a single father of three, was already thinking about how he was going to give presents to his children on Christmas morning. Eric is a full-time student, taking classes online or in the evenings and he works full-time. He’s focused on the long-term benefits of his education, but like many low-income students, he’s been forced to choose between future stability and his current situation.
Last year, during the holidays, it weighed on his heart that his children may not have any presents to unwrap. Eric wished he could give them more. Anna*, his 8-year-old daughter, had her eye on unicorn pajamas, and Taylor* had been hoping to finally get a computer. His other daughter, 16-year-old Sara*, wanted a gift card to get some new clothes. Fortunately, through The Salvation Army he learned about the Christmas Assistance program and was able to register his children. With the help of The Salvation Army and Bartell’s Toy N Joy, there were presents under the tree on Christmas morning.
*Names have 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 – Jenga and POP! Funkoverse games are a couple of our favorites!
Makeup and Beauty Items
Holiday gift sets are always a hit! Check out Freeman “12 Days of Masking” Advent Calendar, Burt’s Bees Essentials Kits and locally made London Butter nail polish collections.
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.
Don’t have time to shop? We also accept cash donations at the register. These dollars will go toward purchases gifts in time for Christmas.
Thank you for your generous support and spirit of giving this holiday season!