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Hopelink requests holiday donations

Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. Hopelink services include food, shelter, homelessness prevention, child development, family development, transportation and adult literacy education. Hopelink's mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community; we help people make lasting change.

The holiday season has officially arrived and Hopelink is now accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys, clothing and other gift items, as well as food, for distribution during the holidays. Hopelink's wish list for donated food includes: tuna or other canned meats; peanut butter; pasta, rice and cereal; soup; fruit canned in juice (not in syrup); canned vegetables and tomato products; onions and potatoes; special holiday food items such as yams and olives; baking ingredients including evaporated milk, baking mixes, sugar and flour in 5-pound or 10-pound sizes; and gift certificates for grocery stores.

Donations of gifts that are particularly appreciated include new clothing for children ages newborn to 18, and new toys, books and games for children of all ages. Hopelink's gift rooms are always low on presents suitable for teenagers, such as new portable CD players, jewelry, sports equipment and gift cards to stores such as Target, Gap, Fred Meyer, Old Navy and bookstores, and the organization especially welcomes donations of these items. Please donate only new, unwrapped gifts.

Hopelink organizes and displays the items in gift rooms in its six centers. Low-income parents and grandparents register to "shop" at the gift room in their area, where they can select that "just right" surprise to make their children's or grandchildren's eyes light up.

Companies, organizations and families can also share their giving spirit with those in need in a number of ways, such as by asking their holiday party guests to bring a donation for Hopelink; purchasing Hopelink's holiday greeting cards for sending to friends or clients; or hosting a "Giving Tree."

Holiday food donations are requested before Dec. 7 due to limited food storage space. Donations of holiday gifts may be delivered to any of Hopelink's six centers; call for times.

Hopelink locations include 14812 Main St., Bellevue - (425) 943-7555; 13013 N.E. 65th St., Kirkland - (425) 889-7880; 18220 96th Ave. N.E., Bothell - (425) 485-6521; 16225 N.E. 87th St., Building A, Redmond - (425) 882.0241; 15809 Westminster Way N., Shoreline - (425) 440-7300; and 31957 E. Commercial St., Carnation - (425) 333-4163.

For more information on Hopelink and its services, call (425) 869-6000 or visit www.hope-link.org.

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