Parents register their children for our program through one of the local human service providers listed below. North Helpline has an open, first come, first served registration process. The other agencies only register clients with whom they already have a relationship.
We recruit between 30 to 40 businesses, churches, community groups and individuals to donate to LCHP.
It takes about 50 volunteers to make this project work. Volunteer jobs include: data entry, shopping, bagging, gift barrel pick up, store keeper, gift transport and gift distribution
Gift Tags and Barrels
After registration is done, we generate green gift tags and place them in approximately 20 locations throughout the Lake City area. We also place gift barrels in strategic locations so people who pick up a tag and purchase a gift have a convenient place to drop it off.
Sometimes, children don’t have an assigned donor and we don’t receive any green gift tag donations that match their wishes. That’s when we send shopping volunteers to purchase gifts. More often than not, they are purchasing specific clothing and shoe sizes and styles. The gifts are purchased from monetary donations from the community.
This is the process that requires the most volunteers. We spend 4 days sorting and bagging gifts for approximately 130 families (that’s about 500 kids). Historically we have provided gifts to families with anywhere from one to 11 children. That’s a lot of bags!
We designate one day for gift distribution. Families come to the Lake City Community Center to pick up their gifts and sometimes we have enough funds to provide a small grocery store gift card to every family. Toys left over after bagging and distribution is complete go to a few of our human service provider partners, including the North Helpline, the North Seattle Family Center and the Center for Human Services in Shoreline.