Looking to give back? Here’s a list of items Seattle homelessness organizations need this holiday season.


As the COVID-19 crisis continues, this year many homeless service providers are asking for gift cards and donated items to help support their customers this holiday season, and some volunteer opportunities in no one are also back.

If you are unsure of what actions are most needed, contact your preferred organization and ask them what might be the most useful way to help.

If you’re looking to give back this holiday season, here’s a list of what some homeless service providers working in the area might use:

Compass Housing Alliance

This holiday season, Compass Housing Alliance, which provides affordable housing and emergency services for the homeless, is asking for donations of gift cards for its family programs. He requests gift cards from Walmart, Amazon, or Fred Meyer in $ 25 increments.

“Parents really like being able to choose the gifts their kids are most excited about themselves, so we’ve shifted all of our family giving programs to this model,” said Jennifer Marquette, Community Engagement Manager for Compass Housing Alliance.

To support the improved 24-hour emergency shelters, Compass is asking for donations of slippers, hot / cold thermos and flannel pajama sets for women.

To learn more about holiday giving and volunteer opportunities, visit www.compasshousingalliance.org/holiday If you have any questions or would like to submit donated articles, contact Jennifer Marquette at [email protected] or 206-719- 9137.


The Downtown Emergency Service Center, one of Seattle’s largest homeless service providers, is running a holiday giveaway campaign to give a gift to every guest living in one of its homes permanent staff with support services. To learn more about the giveaway campaign, visit https://st.news/DESCgiving.

You can also help someone moving into DESC’s new permanent supportive housing site called Hobson Place by sponsoring an apartment, which helps buy bedding, cleaning supplies and household items. Or you can adopt an apartment that involves sponsoring an apartment’s supplies and helping set it up. To learn more about sponsoring an apartment, visit https://st.news/HobsonPlace.

Marie’s place

Mary’s Place, which supports homeless families, has just launched its No Child Sleeps Outside fundraising campaign, which helps fund its emergency family shelters. To learn more about the campaign, visit nochildsleepsoutside.org.

You can also participate in its Giving Tree Tags program by purchasing gift cards in $ 25 increments to help a family purchase holiday gifts or by purchasing unwrapped gifts. Mary’s Place recommends gift cards from major retailers, including Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Fred Meyer, and offers a list of gift items to purchase on her Amazon Wish List or from Target.

To learn more about the Giving Tree Tags program, visit www.marysplaceseattle.org/givingtreetags. And to learn more about Mary’s Place volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.marysplaceseattle.org/volunteer.

Plymouth Housing

Plymouth Housing, a leading provider of permanent supportive housing in the area, is looking for housewares, clothing and toiletries to support its residents. He looks for cleaning supplies, such as all-purpose cleaners, bleach cleaners, mops, floor cleaning solution, dish soap, and laundry detergent.

He also asks for toiletries, including: bar soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, lotion and toilet paper.

Plymouth Housing is also requesting clothing donations, which may include: hoodies (size large and up), t-shirts (size large and up), socks (all sizes), underwear (men and women) , all sizes), raincoats and ponchos, winter hats, winter gloves and all other winter clothing / raincoats.

Anyone interested in donating supplies should contact Cathy Martin at [email protected] to coordinate a time to drop off donations at the DESC Supply Center on 1st Avenue.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army needs a lot of outerwear and supplies to help keep people warm and dry during the winter months. Much needed donation items include: hats, scarves, warm socks, gloves, coats, winter boots, hand warmers, umbrellas, rain ponchos, backpacks and blankets.

Other clothing items include: sweatpants, underwear, hoodies and sweatshirts, long thermal underwear and pajamas.

“The need is even greater this year for families who are homeless, threatened with eviction or living in food insecurity every day of the year,” said Lt. Col. Cindy Foley, commander of the North Division. Western Salvation Army.

To donate with The Salvation Army, contact Lisa Borders at 206-459-6351 or [email protected]


There are two ways to support the YMCA of Greater Seattle during the holiday season.

First, the organization is asking people to donate to its gift card drive. This campaign helps support families and individuals living in the YMCA’s housing and foster care programs. Suggested retailers for gift cards include: Visa, Uber, Lyft, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Amazon, any gas station, Ross and TJ Maxx.

Gift cards can be mailed to YMCA Social Impact Center ATTN: Rebecca Kuhn, 2100 24th Ave. S., Suite 250, Seattle, WA, 98144.

Second, donors can help by adopting a family’s wish list for vacations from the Y Social Impact Center’s violence prevention, housing, and / or on-call programs.

To be matched with a family, contact Rebecca Kuhn, YMCA Director of Community Engagement at [email protected]


YouthCare, which helps homeless youth, has put together a list of items their clients need most this holiday season. For all of the items listed below, YouthCare requests that only new or nearly new items be donated. For all garments requested below, adult sizes range from XS to XXXL.

Donation items requested by YouthCare include: backpacks, headphones, thermal underwear, sleeping bags (32 degrees and below), blankets, sweatshirts, sweatpants, hoodies , waterproof jackets and pants, warm jackets, shoes, plus size clothing, non-perishable foods, underwear, bras, gift cards and battery packs.

YouthCare is also asking for hygiene products such as deodorants, toothbrushes and toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners and black hair care products. He also needs household items, such as bedding.

Donations can be dropped off at 2500 NE 54th Street, Seattle, WA, 98105. It is best to reserve a drop-off time by going to http://vhub.at/Deliver or calling Amanda Ayers-Ruiz at 206-499- 6979.


Community members interested in giving back can register to adopt a family for the holidays through the YWCA. Anyone interested can get involved by sending an email to [email protected]

If you are interested in supporting YWCA families this year, they are asking for gift card donations. Depending on the size of the family, the YWCA asks donors to hand out a $ 100 gift card for the head of the family’s groceries and two $ 50 gift cards for each child at the stores they have selected.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Family program, visit https://bit.ly/YW-adopt.


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