Bellevue fire stations will collect food and toys the month of July to support the mission of Hopelink, brightening the holidays for Bellevue infants, children and teens.
The toys will go to children at the Crossroads Community Center's annual holiday party in December. Last year, more than 3,500 families turned to the center for help and organizers are concerned that the number of people asking for help may be even greater this year.
According to the latest statistics, more than 22 percent of Bellevue schoolchildren currently qualify for a free or reduced lunch, and local service agencies are reporting unprecedented requests for assistance. Hopelink is challenged in a similar way, struggling to provide quality food in a time of great need.
To help, residents are encouraged to bring food and new, unwrapped toys, books, games, gift certificates, and sports equipment for young people of all ages to any Bellevue fire station during the month of July.
Food and toy drive donations will be accepted at all Bellevue fire stations:
Station 1: 766 Bellevue Way SE (Downtown/West Bellevue)
Station 2: 2802 148th Ave SE (Eastgate/Lake Hills/W. Lake Sammamish)
Station 3: 16100 NE Eight St. (Crossroads/Northeast Bellevue)
Station 4: 4216 Factoria Blvd. SE (Factoria/Somerset)
Station 5: 9621 NE 24th St. (Northwest Bellevue)
Station 6: 1850 132nd Ave NE (Bridle Trails/Wilberton)
Station 7: 11900 SE Eight St. (Wilburton/Woodridge)
Station 8: 5701 Lakemont Blvd. SE (Eastgate/Cougar Mountain)
Station 9: 12412 SE 69th Way (Newport)
The toys will be distributed on Dec. 11 at the Crossroads Youth Holiday Party.
For more information about the celebration or donations needed, please contact Lt. Bill Evans, Bellevue Fire Department, at 206-947-6209 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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