Here’s how you can give back during the holidays

Bellevue Club: “Holiday Giving Wreath”

Bellevue Club: “Holiday Giving Wreath”

Location: 11200 Southeast 6th Street, Bellevue

Contact:, 425-637-4637

Dates: Through Fri. Dec. 12

Details: On the giving wreath, you will find gift ideas for the Club’s adopted families from Bellevue’s Eastside Domestic Violence Program. Simply choose a tag, purchase a gift, attach the tag to the gift and turn in the unwrapped present to the Human Resources office by Dec. 12.

Bellevue Community College: “North Campus Giving Tree,” “North Campus Food Drive”

Location: Bellevue Community College North Campus, 10700 Northup Way

Contact: 425-564-2263

Dates: Through Dec. 19

Details: The Giving Tree will provide both funding for the Student and Staff Food Certificate Program and the Student Safety Net Fund. The food drive benefits Northwest Harvest.

Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department: “Annual Food Drive”

Location: Non-perishable food items will be collected at various locations throughout Bellevue.

Contact: Craig Hancock,, 425-452-4106

Dates: Through Dec. 15

Details: Nearly 20 percent of children in the Bellevue School District qualify for free and reduced-cost meal assistance.

Collection locations:

Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE

Crossroads Mini City Hall, 15600 NE Eighth St.

Bellevue Aquatic Center, 601 143rd Ave. NE

Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St.

Bellevue Golf Course, 5450 140th Ave. NE

Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16661 Northup Way

Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St.

Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Rd.

Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410-130th Pl. SE

North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE

Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St.

Parks Resource Management, 16023 NE Eighth St.

Robinswood Tennis Center, 2400 151st Pl. SE

South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 SE Newport Way

City of Bellevue: “Toy and Food Drive”

Location: Crossroads Shopping Center, 16000 Northeast 10th Street

Contact: Vicki Drake, community services supervisor, 425-452-4874

Dates: Through Dec. 13

Details: The city is collecting new, unwrapped toys, books, games gift certificates and sports equipment for infants through teens and food donations for Bellevue families.

Eastside Baby Corner: “Donations Needed”

Location: 1510 Northwest Maple Street, Issaquah

Contact: 425-865-0234,

Dates: Drop off donations on Mon. 7 p.m - 8:30 p.m and Thurs. 9 a.m-11 a.m

Details: Donate used items and clothing for children from birth to age twelve. Eastside Baby Corner will distribute them to social service care providers who work with families in need, supplying basic items to over 160 shelters, food banks, public health nurses, social workers, and other social service organizations.

Friends of Youth: “GoodSearch and GoodShop”


Contact: 425-869-6490,

Dates: Ongoing

Details: Friends of Youth has registered with the sites of and, giving the public an alternative, effortless way to provide support for youth and families the organization serves in King and Snohomish counties. is a new search engine powered by Yahoo! The site donates 50 percent of its revenue to the charities designated by its users., an online shopping mall launched by GoodSearch and 37 percent of the purchase price will be donated to the agency.

Friends of Youth: “Giving Tree”

Location: Contact for location information

Contact: Cheryl Schnelle, Volunteer Coordinator, at, 425-869-6490, ext. 309

Dates: Through Dec. 24

Details: Friends of Youth is seeking gift donors and volunteers to make holiday wishes come true. Volunteer positions for this year’s event may include gift gatherers, gift processors, sorters/checkers, and gift wrappers.

Hopelink: “Holiday Gift and Food Donations”

Location: Hopelink

Contact:, For volunteer opportunities, contact Hopelink’s volunteer coordinator, Sheila Sloan-Evans, 425-869-6066.

Dates: Ongoing

Details: Donations of toys, books, games and other gifts for children of ages; gift cards for stores such as Target, Fred Meyer, and Barnes & Noble; and items specifically for teens, such as MP3 players, jewelry and sports equipment. New clothing for children ages newborn to 18 and for high school-age children are appreciated. Food donations are also welcome.

Holiday gifts can be dropped off at the following locations:


14812 Main Street, Bellevue

Accepting donations through Dec. 16,

Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties: “Life-Saving Gift of Preparedness”

Contact: King County call 206-323-2345, Kitsap County call 360-773-3761,

Dates: Ongoing

Details: All proceeds benefit local disaster relief. Red Cross safety tubes are great for co-workers or staff and are small and easy to transport for only $4.95. Disaster kits range from a One Person Starter Kit starting at $39.00 to a 10 Person Disaster Kit that has 72 hours worth of supplies at $299. All kits, tubes, and emergency supplies are available at our online store with next day shipping.

The Issaquah Food Bank: “The Giving Tree”

Location: Goodfellas restaurant, 13555 S.E. 36th Street in Bellevue

Contact: 425-562-8768

Dates:Through Friday, Dec. 22

Details: Take a gift card and fulfill a wish of a needy child or senior citizen. Purchase and wrap the gift and attach the gift card to the present and return it to the gift tree.

*Each donor will receive a gift certificate for a free sandwich from Goodfellas.

Youth Link Teen Closet: “Kids Care Coat Drive”

Location: Crossroads Shopping Center

Contact:, Rick Teegarden, or Patrick Alina, 425-452-5254

Dates: Ongoing collection, distribution event Jan. 9

Details: Teen Closet is a clothing bank program operated by Bellevue Youth Link in partnership with Plato’s Closet and World Impact Network.

Drop off coats and warm clothing at various drop off locations throughout the Eastside.

YWCA: “Adopt a Family”

Location: YWCA Angeline’s Eastside Women’s Center at Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 - 108th Ave. N.E.

Contact: East King County,, 425-556-1354

Dates: Through Dec. 12

Details: Looking for volunteers to adopt a homeless or disadvantaged family during the holiday season by purchasing holiday gifts for each family member or donating money or grocery store gift certificates.