Can you believe that the holidays are nearly here?  It’s already time to start shopping for Christmas gifts!!

According to Partners for Our Children, on January 1, 2017, there were nearly 8,800 Washington children in out-of-home care. Mattress Firm’s Toy Drive is seeking the community’s help to ensure that local foster kids have a Merry Christmas.

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While most kids spend Christmas Eve eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival, kids in foster care often worry he won’t be able to find them at all. To ensure that every foster kid wakes up with a present on Christmas morning, there are a few ways you can give back. For parents, encourage kiddos to embrace the season of giving and ask them to pick out a new toy for a foster child in need. For others, give your ugly sweater party new meaning by incorporating a donation bin. At your holiday work celebration, encourage attendees to donate a gift. Rally your friends, church, soccer team or school to host their own donation drives. Mattress Firm shares all the resources needed to making hosting your own drive super simple. To help spread the word, you can find an email template, poster and social media post copy here.

New, unwrapped gifts for all ages can be dropped off at any Mattress Firm store now through December 17th. Click here for a list of Mattress Firm locations near you.

Gifts are needed for all ages – toddler to teen. The most requested items include sporting equipment, arts & crafts supplies, baby dolls, superhero figurines, electronics and gift cards.

About Lesley Kilp

Lesley is the founder and editor of What's Up NW. Prior to creating, she was the Seattle city editor for For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events.  She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.

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