People do not realize that falling through the cracks of society during Christmas is very easy. Most people do not know that if you do not apply before thanksgiving that it is almost impossible to find help during Christmas. A single parent with one child in King county needs to earn $27.00 an hour for a living wage. Poverty wage is $7.00 per hour. (From MIT study 2017) The majority of single parents make far less than $27.00 per hour. After all this was why they raised the min. wage in Seattle to $15.00 per hour. The Holiday Treasure Chest Charity Foundation saw that people fell through the cracks. That single parents were not able to provide presents and even food during the holiday season. Imagine no cookies, pie or even a Christmas ham or turkey, let alone a tree and the presents that came along with the season. The Foundations vision was to ensure that the true spirit of Christmas is shared with everyone.
Yes there is a Santa Clause only he is really dressed like a pirate.
Individually we can all make a difference. Together we can make an impact.
I have been volunteering with the Holiday Treasure Chest for at least 10 years. This organizations helps families in their times of need. They provide a car load of toys and food for a very Merry Christmas to families who are in need and are turned away from other charities.
They also help throughout the year in other ways. One other leg of the charity is Tubie Friends who take a standard build a bear and match it to a sick child with feeding and breathing tubes.
This charity is amazing,
This is a small grass roots charity that has been helping local families in the Seattle area for over a decade. Each year they raise funds and donations to support hundreds of families through an annual toy warehouse in December as well as smaller projects throughout the year to local women’s shelters and food banks. The focus is helping those in a time a need with a little comfort.
I have personally worked in the December Holiday Treasure Chest distribution center. I have assisted parents who would not have had a holiday for their family without the help of this program. They were everyday people who were faced with tough choices like paying medical bills or house repairs vs toys or food for the holiday. They came in and pick out toys and gifts that were just right for their children’s interests. They also each got a trunk load of food to make the holidays a little brighter. They always come into the center tentative and walk out grateful for the support of the local community.
The Holiday Treasure Chest also supports Tubie Friends a therapy toy program providing stuffed animals with the same medical equipment that they have. When a small child has feeding tubes, cancer ports or other medical devices they feel different than everyone else. Tubie Friends provides them with a toy that has the same devices they do. This program has garnered requests from parents across the US and EU. It is amazing how much comfort something small like a stuffed animal with the same devices a child has can bring. No child should suffer alone and feel isolated because of their medical condition. Tubie friends makes a material difference in their small lives.
My involvement, volunteering began in 2014, and was truly an eye opener.
The work and willingness to give to the communities in Snohomish, King, Pierce and the United Kingdom, strengthen my resolve in the labor of love.
The Holiday Treasure Chest Foundation is a true example of servant-leadership, commendable to how the organization provides time and team members, to provide ever-increasing dedication, committment, and enthusiasm for those in need of everyday staples, and food.. Through food and toy drives, providing a Christmas to familyies with hardships.
A single grain of sand can tip the scales, as the Tubie Friends, of this organization has achieved. Another example of support and dedication provided by volunteers, for children hospitalized with life threatning illnesses. Smiles and laughter are provided by these teams who visit, re-construct the supporting life savings equipment to become campanions for children as they struggle to heal.
I cannot say enough good things about the wonderously amazing things this Charity does! From raising money for Tubie Friends, an all volunteer group who take teddy bears and fit them with the same feeding and breathing tubes as a sick child, visiting Children's Hospital, purchasing cars for needy families so they can get their sick children to treatment. And then there is Christmas!!!!! Warehouses full of toys, bikes, balls, everything a kid could ask for! Pirate the Certified Therapy Dog and I could not be happier to be associated with this group who go to such lengths to help children in so many ways. All the while having great fun. Thank You Holiday Treasure Chest for letting us join in.
I have been involved with this Charity from its beginning. To watch the growth is not only amazing but personally fulfilling as well. I watch as the Holiday Treasure Chest donated in excess of $150,000 in goods to other non profits the first 3 quarters of 2017.
I understand when they say "Individually we all can make a difference but together we can make an impact"
May 2017 be the best year yet.:)
These wonderful group of people literally save my families Christmas with toys for all my kids and food . Thank you
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