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Seasonal Assistance is Available!

We've entered the season of giving and our generous community is asking for ways to help those in need. We've compiled a list of organizations that are offering seasonal assistance. You can share this page or for a printable poster, CLICK HERE.

Yelm Community Services
624 Crystal Springs Rd NW, Yelm, WA 98597 | 360-458-7000 
Check Yelm’s Social Services Food bank, Thrift Shop and Clothing Bank website for upcoming 2019 Holiday Dates. Soon there will be sign-up information for Holiday Food baskets, and gifts for children. Important dates for Holiday program: Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adopters to drop off toys and gifts for families on Wednesday, December 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adoptees pick up toys and gifts on Friday, December 20th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Christmas food baskets will be distributed.

Salvation Army
1505 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98506 | (360) 352-8596 ext. 1117
Registration takes place October 14–17 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Further questions call 360-352-8596. Each household registers for an appointment in December. One adult member of the household will pick up toys for children 12 and under as well as food for a Christmas dinner.
Bring ID for all adults 18+; applicant must have photo ID; documents with birthdates for minors in the household – medical cards, birth certificates, etc.; proof of income for all adults 18+; unemployment statement, current month pay stubs, benefit/award letter, etc.; if an individual in your household does not have income then you will need to provide an award letter from DSHS showing that they are not receiving any income; proof of your current address; current rent receipt or lease agreement noting your address, current utility or phone bill in your name or current medical cards with address listed; if staying in a shelter or transitional program, please bring written verification from a case manager.

Thurston County Food Bank
220 Thurston Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 | (360) 352-8597
Walk-in starting Monday, November 25th for Thanksgiving November 28th. Come early because if they are ready, they will open the doors early. Distribution until doors close at 3:00 p.m. or the boxes run out. If there are baskets left over, they will again open on Wednesday, November 27th. Thanksgiving boxes do not count against the regular tally of how many food boxes you are eligible for. Satellite clients should sign up at their regular satellite offices. Give-a-way open to residents in Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Tenino, Rainier and Little Rock. Includes families, individuals and households with or without children.

Tumwater Lions Club
360-754-4170 |
The Tumwater Holiday Program serves children who reside in Tumwater or who attend Tumwater School District. Families in need with school age children can pick up an application from their Tumwater School District. All applications must have a signature of a school staff member, typically the school principal or counselor. Families in need who have children younger than school age can pick up an application at Tumwater City Hall.
The program provides at least one gift. Due to the increase in families needing assistance, unless community donations allow, we will not be providing gift certificates for a holiday meal. The Thurston County Food banks works in partnership with the Tumwater Fire Department. On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, the Tumwater Fire Department will distribute food from the food bank to those in need at the Tumwater Headquarters Fire Station. Advanced registration is required at 360-754-4170.

Roof Community Services
10140 US-12, Rochester, WA 98579 | (360) 273-6375
Families needing assistance can call ROOF at 360-273-6375 before December 6th to set up an intake appointment. At the appointment, parents will be asked to show proof of address in the Rochester School District, that they qualify for any public assistance program, proof of children in the household and their gift requests. Operation Santa will be Saturday, December 21st.
The Santa Store is stocked with new clothing and toys for children ages newborn through 12 years old. Eligible parents select new clothing items and toys for each child in their family. Volunteers are available to wrap the gifts. You can purchase any new clothing, toys and gift items for newborns through age 12 and bring them unwrapped to ROOF beginning December 2nd but no later than December 19th. You can also choose to adopt a family by completing the application on the web site and returning it to ROOF as soon as possible, but no later than December 6th. Adopted families will receive the gifts bought specifically for them instead of going through the Santa Store. ROOF will match you with a family and notify you as quickly as possible.
Saturday, December 7th 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 10140 Highway 12 SW Rochester. Volunteers are needed to drive and pick up donations on over 40 routes throughout Rochester/Grand Mound. This is a great opportunity for families, youth groups and service organizations. Food collected will be donated to the ROOF Food Bank.

Tenino Community Service Center
224 Sussex Ave E, Tenino, WA 98589 | 360-264-5505
Sign up starting October 2nd for Thanksgiving Basket; sign up on November 19th for Christmas Basket. Tenino residents only. Must have proof of residency and ID.

Interfaith Works
110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501 | (360) 357-7224
All Souls Service (celebrating life), Sunday, October 27th,
2:00 p.m., Mills & Mills Funeral; Thanksgiving Sunday,
November 24th, 2:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church

Union Gospel Mission
413 Franklin Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501 | 360-709-9725
Thanksgiving and Christmas Hot Meals
Thurs., November 28, 2:00 p.m. | Wed., December 25, 2:00 p.m.

General Hot Meals
Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m., Noon & 5:30 p.m.
Saturday – Brunch 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sunday – 7:30 a.m. & Noon

Lacey Veterans Hub
4232 6th Ave SE, Suite 202, Lacey, Washington 98503
Sign up for a free Holiday Food Basket before Friday, October 25.
Pick up will be at the Olympia Armory on Friday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Adopt A Family
Families who would like assistance must sign up from November 25th – December 15th. To sign up send an email to or call Sara O’Neill at 360-970-3555. Include number in family, clothing sizes, and gift ideas.

Additional Holiday Resources (211)

Salvation Army – Thurston County: XMAS gifts and XMAS dinner; Adopt-a-Family program

City Gate Ministries: Thanksgiving meal; XMAS meal

Tenino Community Service Center: Thanksgiving baskets; XMAS baskets;

Yelm Community Services: Holiday baskets

Operation Ward 57: Adopt-a-Family program with Wounded Warrior; XMAS and Hanukkah presents

Toys 4 Tots – Thurston County: Gifts for children 16-and-under

Rochester Organization of Families: Operation Santa