Giving Trees, Cops for Kids can make the season brighter for local children

Find out how you can help brighten up someone’s Christmas.

The drop-off box at the Thunder Dome Car Museum in Enumclaw. Contributed photo

The drop-off box at the Thunder Dome Car Museum in Enumclaw. Contributed photo

There are several ways Enumclaw residents can help local children this holiday season.

First off is the annual Giving Tree program, jointly sponsored by NEXUS Youth and Families-Enumclaw and Plateau Outreach Ministries.

To purchase an individual gift for local children, stop by either one of the Giving Trees at Work, Sports and Outdoors (840 Roosevelt Ave.) and NEXUS-Enumclaw (1356 Cole St.). All gifts purchased at Work, Sports and Outdoors will receive a 10 percent discount off regular-priced items.

Each tree is filled with tags suggesting possible gifts for newborns through age 19. Staff at NEXUS-Enumclaw previously identified families that could use extra help this gift-giving season.

After gifts are purchased, they should be returned to either Work, Sports and Outdoors or NEXUS-Enumclaw by Dec. 16, to be distributed Dec. 19.

Anyone with questions can contact Plateau Outreach Ministries at 360-825-8961 or Christine Adkins at 360-825-4586, ext. 5654.

Then there is the Enumclaw Cops for Kids program, organized by the Enumclaw Police and Fire departments.

Toy donations are being collected until Dec. 19 and are expected to be distributed on Dec. 21 to kids up to 18 years of age. Drop boxes for gifts can be found at the Enumclaw Fire Department, the police department, Combat Sports and Fitness (750 state Route 410), Mail Express (718 Griffin Ave), Mutual of Enumclaw (1460 Wells St.), Starbucks (1343 Garrett St.), Sunrise Elementary (899 244th Ave. SE), Safeway (152 Roosevelt Ave. East), Work Sports and Outdoors, and the Thunder Dome Car Museum (1920 Garrett St.), which is offering $1 off admission when you make a donation.

There are some restrictions on gifts; any sort of toy weaponry, which includes Nerf guns, will not be accepted, and gifts should not be wrapped when donated.

Gift cards to local business are encouraged.

For those looking to help in collecting and sorting toys, contact Marin Otto at 360-825-5544 or motto@enumclawfire.org; Officer Erik Vance at 360-825-3505; or Karen Worthington at 253-797-3393, klworthington2002@yahoo.com.

Donations of non-perishable food items will also be accepted.

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