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Free holiday and Christmas assistance programs in Snohomish County.

Low income families in Snohomish County and nearby regions can receive assistance at Christmas and the holidays. A combination of non-profit agencies and government organizations provide either toys or food to the less fortunate, or they offer families referrals to a program in their area.

Assistance is available in the entire North Sound region, and this includes Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, and Whatcom Counties, among others. Using donations from the community and local businesses, qualified families and children can receive toys or maybe a food basket. Many other resources are also provided, including clothing and much more.

The list below are some of the main organizations to contact and to apply at. Note that many, such as DHS, will only give referrals, so some sites will not directly provide Christmas assistance. However, each groups is focused on spreading the holiday joy to the less fortunate.

Childhood Cancer Careline
PO Box 1138
Bothell, Washington, 98041
This organization only offers referrals, and the assistance is for children under the age of 21 with cancer. There may be limited funding for holiday programs in the entire Pacific Northwest, including Snohomish County.

Anacortes Lutheran Church
2100 O AveAddress is
Anacortes, WA, 98221
Call (360) 293-9586
The church will hold a free Christmas dinner. The home bound may have a meal delivered to them by volunteers.

Christmas House
Address is 2316 12th St
Everett, Washington, 98201
(425) 338-2273
Low income families with children can receive free holiday toys, clothing, and other gifts. The program is focused on families that reside in Snohomish County. This is focused on those residents with a total household income of less than 150% of the federal government poverty level.




Locations across all counties, whether Snohomish or others such as Whatcom, will provide referrals to holiday programs. They may know about Angel Tree offerings from the Salvation Army and many others, and the goal is to try to help each child or senior to have some form of holiday joy.

  • Location is 840 N. Broadway Bldg A, Suite 340, Everett, Washington, 98201, telephone (425) 339-4768
  • 3906 172nd St NE, Suite 200, Arlington, WA, 98223, main number is (360) 651-6900
  • DSHS - DCFS - Whatcom County is at 1720 Ellis St., Suite 100, Bellingham, WA, 98225, (360) 647-6100

Everett Gospel Mission
5126 S 2nd Ave
Everett, Washington, 98203
Main phone - (425) 252-1297
Using donations from the community, provides free items around Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Applicants need to be at, or have stayed in the shelter in the past in order to enroll into their Angel Tree program.

Marysville Community Food Bank
Location is 4150 88th St NE
Marysville, WA, 98270
Call (360) 658-1054
The non-profit only covers the zip codes of 98270, 98271, and 98259. Free holiday food and groceries may be passed out to the needy.

Salvation Army
They have multiple centers in the region. Most have some type of free Christmas program, such as Toy 'n Joy. Other services may include food boxes, meals to the homeless, and gifts for both youth and the elderly. One office is below, but other Salvation Army locations are in Snohomish and nearby counties.
North Seattle center is at 9501 Greenwood Ave N Outreach Ministries, and can be called at (206) 783-1226.

11011 120th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA, 98033
Call (425) 889-7880
Low income families in Kirkland, Kenmore, Woodinville and Bothell areas may receive a free Christmas present.





Holiday Treasure Chest Charity Foundation
(206) 365-1590
For children under the age of 18, this charity is a last resort if they were denied holiday help from other places. A small toy, dinner, and more may be offered.

OIC of Washington
Address is 1419 Hathaway Avenue
Yakima, WA, 98902
This particular center only has free Thanksgiving food baskets, turkeys, and the like.

Skagit Valley Herald
Main address is 1215 Anderson Rd
Mt. Vernon, WA, 98274
Telephone: (360) 419-7182
Vouchers may be provided for meals, toys, books, and similar holiday items. The Skagit County business will only offer help to people in the county that meet low income guidelines and that have children. Other conditions are in place too.

Free gifts from USMC and Toys for Tots
This program is run by charities that partner with DSHS of Snohomish County. All referrals need to go through the case manager/social worker. Low income families should contact them to find out how to get free Christmas toys, gifts, and presents as part of Toys for Tots.

By Jon McNamara

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