Lake City Holiday Project



The Lake City Holiday Project (LCHP) is a parternship between human service Providers, donors and the NE Seattle Community. Our purpose is to provide gifts to low-income children during the winter holidays.


Project Highlights

  • Fulfill holiday wishes for 650 kids every year!

  • Support multiple community nonprofits as a single giving project

  • Serve a diverse group of low-income kids in our neighborhood

  • Lead community giving for over 20 years


Mission of The Lake  City Holiday Project

The Lake City Holiday Project (LCHP) is a partnership between human service providers, donors and the community. The purpose of the project is to provide gifts to low-income children at holiday time. The project was started 21 years ago by Yolanda Martinez who was the Coordinator of the Lake City Little City Hall. Over the years the project has grown to serve over 600 children.The project is coordinated by Meadowbrook Community Care, a non-profit corporation located at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church.

Lake  City Holiday Project News

Read the latest news on our holiday blog!


How It Works

Human Service Providers identify and enroll families in the program. First names of children and their “wish lists” are given to donors who purchase gifts or donate cash. Gifts are collected, organized, and families come to pick them up from a central location — often the Lake City Community Center. Extra gifts are given to local shelters and nonprofits to share with the children they support.

Donate Gifts

Drop Sites for Gift Donations (map)

Kaffeeklatsch Bakery (Lake City)

Lake City Auto Works ( Lake City Way)

Maple Leaf Lutheran Church (Meadowbrook)

Washington Federal Savings Bank (Wedgewood, University District)

Retail Locations with Gift Tags for Donations (map)

Cafe Javasti (Wedgwood and Roosevelt)

Hellbent Brewery (Lake City)

Hempfest Central (Lake City)

Homestreet Bank (Wedgwood)

Kaffeeklatsch Bakery (Lake City)

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)

Washington Federal Savings Bank (Wedgwood and University District)

Watershed Pub and Kitchen (Northgate)

Wedgwood Hair Studios (Wedgwood)

Wedgwood Ale House (Wedgwood)


Organize a group donation:

Families, neighbors and workmates; would you like an easy way to come together and have an impact this holiday season for families with children in need? Organize a group donation by your office, faith-based organization, or social group. To get started, we will send you a document with the gift requests per child with their wishlist and shopping guidelines. A master copy with all children listed, also accompanies the requested group packet. To learn more, please fill out the Contact Us form.

Host a giving display 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 giving tree or banner with holiday gift tags makes a difference for your community.To learn more, please fill out the Contact Us form.

More Ways to Help

If you would like to be part of this project, you can also help by in the following ways. Contact us to learn more!

  • Give a cash donation
  • Sponsor individual kids
  • Advertise the project on a reader board at your business
  • Volunteer your time.


History of Lake City Holiday Project

  • Begun in 1986 by Yolanda Martinez, City of Seattle, Dept. of Neighborhoods, Lake City
    • Cross-referenced with organizations such as: DSHS, North Helpline, Elks, Rotary and Lions Clubs, etc.
    • Supported by local business, individuals and local civic organizations.
    • Gave food as well as toys provided by Toys 4 Tots.
  • Merged with the North Seattle Family Center and the Meadowbrook Family Center in 2001
  • Overseen by Colleen Maxwell at Lake City Little City Hall and Meadowbrook Community Center.
    • Colleen shepherded Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in the project in 2002.
  • MLLC took over the project in 2003 after Children’s Home Society lost project funding.
  • Meadowbrook Community Care (MC2), a new community non-profit corporation, begins running the project in 2008
  • We’ve helped over 9,000 children since the project launched.
  • We continue to see a great need in the community for this valuable service, especially now in our struggling economy.
  • Scope of the project has increased dramatically in the last several years
  • Donor and volunteer corps continue to play a vital role in it’s success.
  • We have had as many as 80 volunteers.
  • Support continues to come from businesses and private donors, as well as local churches.
  • Lake City Holiday Project is now in it’s 24rd year.


Participating human service provider agencies include:

Low Income Housing Institute/Meadowbrook View ApartmentsNorth Helpline/Lake City Food Banknorth seattle family center logoRyther Child CenterMOOSE/Seattle Parks Community Centers of Northgate and Meadowbrook


 Donors that provide both gifts and cash for the project include:

  • Local Churches
  • Community businesses
  • Lake City Chamber of Commerce
  • Lions Club and other civic organizations
  • Private individuals



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:

  • Churches
  • Private citizens
  • Rotary
  • United Way website