City employees will host a kickoff for the 26th annual Season of Sharing gift drive to benefit those in need. The event runs from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, on the first floor of City Hall.
The community is invited to share finger-food and desserts provided by city staff, watch a tree lighting ceremony and enjoy musical entertainment provided by children from Crossroads Preschool.
Social service providers on the Eastside say that with the ongoing economic downturn, the need to bring holiday joy to families who are struggling is as strong as ever.
People interested in contributing can retrieve a gift-wish tag or money envelope from a Season of Sharing tree at City Hall. The requested gift, with original tag attached, can then be dropped off at designated boxes; money donations should be left at the Service First desk. Both the boxes and desk are located on the first floor of City Hall.
A second Season of Sharing tree will be at Bellevue's Mini City Hall at the Crossroads Shopping Center, Northeast Eighth Street and 156th Avenue Northeast.
City employees are working with several local nonprofits to provide gifts to people with disabilities and to families. The organizations include Eastside Domestic Violence program, Friends of Youth, Children's Response Center (Healing the Hearts of Children) and the YWCA Women's Shelter. The organizations support families who may be living in poverty or who just want to provide a holiday atmosphere for their children.
The last day to drop off gift and money contributions will be Friday, Dec. 16.
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