Volunteer Linda Richl organizes toys and games at Toys for Sequim Kids in Sequim Prairie Grange in 2022. This year’s event is set for Dec. 12 in the grange. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Volunteer Linda Richl organizes toys and games at Toys for Sequim Kids in Sequim Prairie Grange in 2022. This year’s event is set for Dec. 12 in the grange. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Community Aid seeks support for Toys for Sequim Kids

Nonprofit helps hundreds of children with Christmas presents

SEQUIM — One way to give back this holiday season is through Sequim Community Aid’s Toys for Sequim Kids.

Each year, volunteers take family members to choose toys, games, clothes and more for their children on Christmas morning.

This year’s event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road in Sequim.

Donation boxes and/or trees can be found at:

• Anytime Fitness, 10135 Old Olympic Highway

• Coastal Farm & Ranch, 990 E. Washington St.

• The Co-Op Farm and Garden, 216 E. Washington St.

• Sequim Valley Foursquare, 9090 Old Olympic Highway

• Starbucks, 1095 W. Washington St.

• YMCA of Sequim, 610 N. Fifth Ave.

Organizers said donations will be accepted through Dec. 10. They seek items for children ages 1-18, including new toys, games, art and science kits, clothing, sports equipment, Lego sets, video games, bikes, scooters, skateboards, gift cards and coats.

Parents and guardians must show proof of Sequim School District residence.

Only one adult will be allowed to enter, organizers said. Child care will not be available.

Co-organizer Kathy Suta said the most important need remains items for middle- and high school-aged students, such as name-brand clothes, gift cards and video games.

Toys for Sequim Kids provided items for about 350 children in the Sequim area.

The group plans to request some items from Toys for Tots mostly for older children, and they’ll try to buy some hoodies and sweatshirts, too, Suta said.

Blue Sky Realty, 190 Priest Road, continues to collect new blankets and new clothing for the event, too.

Fire Brigade

Santa’s Toy and Food Fire Brigade with Clallam County Fire District 3 will travel across Sequim from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4-7 with an appearance by Santa Claus and festive music playing.

Firefighters and volunteers seek new toys and monetary donations for Sequim Community Aid’s Toys for Sequim Kids (Dec. 12) and monetary donations for Sequim Food Bank.

On Dec. 4, find the truck west of Sequim Avenue in downtown Sequim; on Dec. 5 in downtown Sequim east of Sequim Avenue; Dec. 6 in Emerald Highlands and Elk Creek Apartments; and Dec. 7 in Sunland and Sun Meadows.

Additional help

Volunteers are needed both for Toys for Sequim Kids and Sequim Community Aid’s ongoing utility/rent assistance program.

Toys

Suta said they’ll need people to help set up Toys for Sequim Kids starting at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and help families on Dec. 12. Shorter shifts are available, Suta said.

For more information, call 360-681-3731 and leave a message.

Utilities/rent

Volunteers continue to age out of being able to help, Suta said, so they seek people to help assist locals with phone calls for utility/rental assistance, particularly in the winter as it gets colder.

“We’re anticipating it going up, especially in places with bad heating and insulation,” Suta said.

Call 360-681-3731 to volunteer.

Donate

To help the nonprofit with Toys for Sequim Kids, mail donations to: Sequim Community Aid, P.O. Box 1591, Sequim, WA, 98382 and specify checks with “toys” in the memo line.

To donate to the agency for utility assistance, leave the memo blank, organizers said.

For assistance, or to volunteer, call Sequim Community Aid at 360-681-3731.

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