With demand high at Crossroads food banks this year and people lining up at Crossroads Mini City Hall for utility tax rebates, the City of Bellevue is launching its annual neighborhood toy and food drive here early.
More than 1,500 Bellevue families in need are expected at the annual holiday party in December, where gifts and food will be handed out.
The city is collecting new, unwrapped toys, books, games, gift certificates and sports equipment for young people of all ages (infants through teens) as well as monetary donations with which staff can purchase needed items.
If you're wondering what toys would be best, plush animals, developmental toys and gift cards would work for infants; balls, arts and crafts kits, toy cars/trucks and dolls are good for youth ages 3-12; and gift certificates to clothing, restaurants, malls and music stores are good for teens.
Food donations are also needed to help families through the holiday months.
To help, please drop off toys, cash and/or non-perishable food now through Dec.13 at Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about the celebration or donations needed, please contact Vicki Drake; community services supervisor at Crossroads Community Center, 425-452-4874.
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