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The Lake City Holiday Project (LCHP) is a partnership between human service providers, donors and the NE Seattle Community. Our purpose is to provide gifts to low-income children during the winter holidays.
The need in our community is greater now than it has ever been. Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the management team for the Lake City Holiday Project has decided to move to a gift card only format for the 2020 holiday season. The project will still provide holiday support to families in our community. However, this year we will use no-contact purchase and donation of gift cards to families and no-contact cash donations for our team to purchase gift cards for families. No-contact giving helps us be part of the solution!
How It Works
- Human Service Providers identify and enroll families in the program, where they choose from a curated list of 15 possible gift cards.
- A PDF containing gift card wish lists is given to each sponsor who purchases gifts cards.
- Cash donations are returned by December 1 and are used to purchase additional gift cards as needed.
- Purchased gift cards for sponsored families and children are returned to MC2 by December 1 where we organize them into family packets and give them to the enrollment sites for distribution.
- Each family receives an additional grocery store gift card ($25-$75 depending on family size) to help with their holiday meal purchase.
- Extra gifts cards are given to local shelters and nonprofits to share with the children they support.
Ways to Give: Gift Cards! Checks! Credit Cards Online!
If you are an individual or group wishing to sponsor one or more children, a family, or several families, fill out our SPONSOR FORM and we will send you the family or individual information and their gift card wish list.
If you are an individual who wishes to use your credit card or PayPal to donate cash for the purchase of gift cards, click the DONATE BUTTON or send a check, made out to Meadowbrook Community Care with LCHP in the memo line, to:
Meadowbrook Community Care
PO Box 51192
Seattle, Washington 98115
All donations are due by December 1!
Other Ways to Participate
Display a poster in your retail location
Would you like to offer a positive holiday experience at your business? Connect your customers to organizations who support children in need during this giving season. Displaying a Lake City Holiday Project 2020 informational poster makes a difference for your community. To learn more, please contact us.
Human Service Providers
Solid Ground Magnuson
Kaffeeklatsch Bakery (Lake City)
Lake City Auto Works ( Lake City Way)
Emerald City Law Group
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church (Meadowbrook)
Washington Federal Savings Bank (Wedgwood, University District)
Cafe Javasti (Wedgwood and Roosevelt)
Hellbent Brewery (Lake City)
Hempfest Central (Lake City)
Homestreet Bank (Wedgwood)
A Northeast Cleaners (Wedgwood)
Rite Aid Drug Store (Wedgwood)
Seattle Parks Community Centers (Meadowbrook and Northgate)
Two Dog Yoga (Lake City)
Ugly Mug Café (University District)
Union Bank ( Lake City)
Watershed Pub and Kitchen (Northgate)
Wedgwood Hair Studios (Wedgwood)
Wedgwood Ale House (Wedgwood)
Donors who provide both gifts and cash for the project include:
- Local Churches
- Community businesses
- Civic organizations
- Private individuals
Although we won’t be soliciting outside volunteers in 2020, normally volunteers assist in bagging up the gifts for each family, getting the gifts ready for distribution, and contacting families to arrange gift pick-up. Over 80 volunteers support the project.
Volunteers come from:
- Private citizens
- United Way website
History of the Lake City Holiday Project
The Lake City Holiday Project began in 1986 as the Holiday Helpers program, designed by employees of the City of Seattle’s Neighborhood Office in Lake City (aka Lake City Little City Hall). Several years later, program sponsorship shifted to the Children’s Home Society, where is stayed for several more years. In 2000, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in Meadowbrook (MLLC) adopted the program where it was renamed the Lake City Holiday Project. Finally, in 2008, MLLC relinquished the reigns to Meadowbrook Community CARE (MC2), a community non-profit organization dedicated to enriching North Seattle through services that support, educate, and engage the community.
This project has provided gifts to children from low income families in North Seattle for 29 years now. Over that time, the project has provided toys and clothing to nearly 8,000 children between the ages of infancy to 18. Last year, the project served almost 700 kids. Families and children are clients of the following North Seattle human service providers: North Helpline/Lake City Food Bank, the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), local Seattle Parks Community Centers, North Seattle Family Center (Children’s Home Society), and Ryther Child Center.
Implementation of the Lake City Holiday Project brings together groups and individuals from all over NE and N. Seattle. Over 40 Churches, community groups, business groups, and families in our area donate gifts and money annually to support our cause. Nearly 80 people donate their time to help bring our project to fruition every holiday season. With a small group of leaders, most of whom have been with the project for over a decade, we recruit volunteers from around the community to participate in shopping, receiving, bagging and distribution of gifts. Together, we continue to help fill a small part of the enduring need we see around us every day in our neighborhoods.
In spite of improvements taking place up and down the Lake City Way corridor, there is a growing number of low income families living in the area. Homeless people are visible on the streets daily. In one six square block area, there is a population of people who speak sixteen different languages. These families often face language as well as education as barriers to becoming integrated into a broader community. In 2010, the request for free school lunches at Nathan Hale High School increased by 50% over the previous year and from 2010 to 2014 the number of children receiving free and reduced price lunches has increased an additional 20%. Because North Seattle has historically been considered an affluent area, the growing poverty and needs of this area often fall beneath the radar of larger foundations who target their giving to other parts of the city whose needs have been long-standing.
Families count on the Lake City Holiday Project every year to help provide their families with both winter-time necessities and holiday cheer. Won’t you help?