Bellevue’s annual toy and food drive kicks off Friday, Nov. 1, with all nine of the city’s fire stations accepting donations through Dec. 31.
Near the conclusion of the drive, hosted by the Bellevue Firefighters Community Support Foundation, new, unwrapped toys (non-violent) will be distributed at the Youth Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Non-perishable food will support Hopelink, which operates a food bank in Bellevue.
Requested toy donations – needed by Dec. 10 to be in time for the party, but also accepted through Dec. 31 – include:
- for infants, plush animals, toys and gift cards;
- for children ages 3-10, science kits, Legos, action figures, games, sport equipment such as soccer balls and basketballs, arts and crafts kits, dolls and plush animals;
- for teens, sports equipment, board games, science and arts and crafts kits, gift cards to restaurants, malls and clothing and music stores; and
- cash to purchase needed items.
The greatest needs for nonperishable food include: canned meals, canned meat, cereal, dry beans, canned fruit, pasta, peanut butter, rice, soup, tomato products and canned vegetables.
Monetary donations will also be accepted to help purchase toys or food items. To donate, make checks payable to the Bellevue Firefighters Community Support Foundation.
Donation sites include:
- 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 Eighth St. (Crossroads/NE 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/Wilburton)
- Station 7 – 11900 SE Eighth St. (Wilburton/Woodridge)
- Station 8 – 5701 Lakemont Blvd. SE (Eastgate/Cougar Mountain)
- Station 9 – 12412 SE 69th Way (Newport)
For more information about the celebration or donations needed, please contact Vicki Drake, community services supervisor, Crossroads Community Center at 425-452-4874.