Virtual Holiday Giving Tree 2021

Oct 28, 2021 | Justice, News, Top News

Our Giving Tree Ministry Team serves eight agencies, and up until 2020, our Holiday Giving Tree project meant our agencies provided us with a list of needed gifts for the folks they served. We are grateful that all 8 agencies have made it through this Covid year, and that we at East Shore are still connected with them and are able to contribute to their Holiday Plans with our gifts. Last year’s First Ever VIRTUAL Giving Tree was very successful. East Shore Members and Friends gave generously. We are happy that we can offer this year’s opportunity for generous Holiday Giving.

Many social service agencies in our Eastside and Greater Seattle community have created Amazon WishLists making it super easy for folks to give much needed items to agencies. Some agencies have gone the route of requesting Gift Cards, and others offer both those choices for gift giving.

Our Agencies & How You Can Give

Childhaven

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Where Hope Grows and Families Flourish.
  • Requests: $25 Target, Fred Meyer, or Walmart Gift Cards
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 5
  • East Shore Contact: Janis Pock

Friends of Youth

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Envisions all youth having every opportunity to succeed.
  • Requests: Friends of Youth Amazon WishList; $25 Target or Fred Meyer Gift Cards
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 5
  • East Shore Contact: Trish Webb

Hopelink

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community; we help people make lasting change.
  • Requests: Donations
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 5
  • East Shore Contact: Trish Webb

Olive Crest

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Transforming the lives of at-risk children through the healing power of family.
  • Requests: Cash donations to Olive Crest through the website or send a check to ESUC with Olive Crest in the Memo Line.
  • Deadline: Monday, December 6
  • East Shore Contact: Jan Fleck

Sno-Valley Senior Center

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Inspires, supports, and empowers seniors to lead healthy, enriched lives.
  • Requests: $25 Safeway or Fred Meyer Gift Cards; $15 Starbucks Gift Cards
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 12
  • East Shore Contact: Barbara Elliot

The Sophia Way

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Committed to ending homelessness for women in King County.
  • Requests: The Sophia Way Amazon WishList, $25 Safeway, Target, Fred Meyer, or Bartell Gift Cards
  • Deadline: Thursday, December 2
  • East Shore Contact: JoAnne Way

Sound Mental Health

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Providing effective and innovative whole health care for the people and community we serve.
  • Requests: $30 Target or Fred Meyer Gift Cards
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 5
  • East Shore Contact: Kathie Moritis

YouthCare

  • Website
  • Mission Statement: Ending youth homelessness and building bright futures for homeless youth.
  • Requests: YouthCare Amazon WishList; $25-$50 Target,Fred Meyer, Walmart, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, QFC, or REI Gift Cards
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 5
  • East Shore Contact: Emily Winstrom

How will East Shore folks actually GIVE the GIFTS?

Amazon WishLists: Click on the WishList link for agency you choose to give to, and just as you purchase anything from Amazon, click on your choice and be sure to designate you want it to go to the agency address provided as you go through the ordering process. Because you are sending a gift, you can indicate on the Gift Message that Amazon lets you fill in that you are from East Shore Unitarian Church.

Gift Cards: Purchase Gift Cards as requested by the agency of your choice, and mail those Gift Cards directly to East Shore, addressed c/o Giving Tree. It will be very important that you indicate which agency your Gift Card is intended for. Our Giving Tree Ministry Team will sort the Gift Cards and mail to the respective agencies.

Donations of Money: If you prefer to just donate money you can give to East Shore online here or mail in a check (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA 98005). In both instances, please put “Giving Tree” in the memo line. The money will be distributed evenly between the eight agencies. Please note, all donations go to the East Shore Operating Fund to support programs like Giving Tree and more.