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Look for Ferndale Holiday Giving Store giving trees and drop-off bins

Ferndale Community Service Cooperative Holiday Giving Store tree (2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Last year, the Ferndale Holiday Giving Store brightened the holidays for 400 Ferndale area children with gifts and warm clothing. The program’s reach is expected to increase this year.

Donated money and items stay in Ferndale and are used to stock the store with warm clothes and toys to be distributed to Ferndale area families on December 18th and 19th.

The Ferndale Holiday Giving Store, a program of the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative, has become an annual Ferndale tradition since 2003 to brighten the holidays for children of low-income families in the area. Working with the Ferndale School District, the program enables needy families to register to shop for free gifts to take home to share with their children during the holidays. The program relies entirely on local businesses, churches and individuals for donations of money, toys and clothing.

According to program organizers, the Holiday Giving Store is set up just like a store but no money is ever exchanged. Gifts are provided free to parents of qualifying families. Volunteers stock the store with a variety of popular gifts and toys of the season and warm clothing like pajamas and sweatshirts.

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Families interested in participating should contact the Family Community Coordinator in your child’s elementary school. For middle and high school students, contact a school counselor.

Anyone interested in making a cash donation should mail a check payable to The Holiday Giving Store and addressed to:

Ferndale Community Service Cooperative
PO Box 2205
Ferndale, WA  98248

Specific gift needs can be found on Giving Trees set up around town. The following is a list of Giving Trees and Drop-off Bin Locations supporting The Holiday Giving Store program this year.

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  • Ferndale North Coast Credit Union, 5657 Riverside Drive
  • Ferndale Grocery Outlet, 1750 LaBounty Drive
  • Ferndale City Hall, 2095 Main Street
  • The Locker Room, 1859 Main Street
  • Ferndale Whatcom Educational Credit Union, 5659 Barrett Road
  • Mt. Baker Lanes, 1788 LaBounty Drive
  • Ferndale School District Office, 6041 Vista Drive
  • Gym Star Sports Center, 5519 Hovander Road
  • Premier Dental, 2086 Main Street
  • Ferndale Community Resource Center, 5694 2nd Avenue
  • Coastal Realty, 1855 Main Street
  • Ferndale Woods Coffee, 1867 Main Street

The following lists detail the general list of gift and clothing items needed this year. Gift donations can be dropped off at the bin locations listed above.

Birth through 4 years

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  • Aquadoodle Drawing Mat
  • Baby Doll Furniture (stroller, high chair, cradle)
  • Bath Toys
  • Baby Shark Books & Toys
  • Big Blocks (for stacking & building)
  • Dress-Up Clothes (size 2T-5T)
  • Dinosaurs
  • Educational Toys
  • Fisher Price Linkimals
  • Ride-On Animals & Balls
  • Junior-Size Balls (soccer, football, basketball)
  • Kindi Kids Doll
  • Little People Toys
  • Melissa & Doug Toys
  • Musical Toys
  • Oversized Cars, Trucks, Trains, & Airplanes
  • Paw Patrol Toys
  • Peppa Pig Toys
  • Play Tents & Tunnels
  • Pretend Play (food, shopping carts, tools)
  • Pull & Push-Along Toys
  • Sesame Street Toys
  • See n’ Say
  • Scooters (3-Wheeled)
  • Shape Sorters
  • Teething Toys
  • Toy Story Toys

Ages 5-11 (elementary)

  • Art Sets (gel pens with sketch pads or sequin journals, Crayola art kits, Paint by Sticker, spiral art, etc.)
  • Barbie Doll Furniture & Playsets
  • Blankets (mermaid tail or unicorn hoods)
  • Craft Kits (bracelets, lip balm, soap and perfume, metallic rock painting, fairy gardens, catapults)
  • Earbuds & Headphones
  • Fortnite (action figures, playsets & nerf type guns)
  • Frozen 2 Toys
  • Hairdoables Dolls
  • Hot Wheels Tracks
  • Jurassic World Dinosaur Toys
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Legos (City, Creator, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Elves, Friends, Frozen, Minecraft)
  • Little Live Pets (Wrapples & Wraptiles)
  • LOL Surprise Dolls & Pets
  • Magnetic Tiles (building blocks & cubes)
  • Marble Runs/Mazes
  • Nerf Guns
  • Our Generation Doll
  • Pokemon Balls, Trading Cards, Figures
  • Polly Pockets Dolls & Playsets
  • RC Vehicles& Mini Drones
  • S.T.E.M. kits (disgusting & gross, slime, robots, motors, magnets, edible food science, snap circuits)
  • Scooters
  • Shopkins & Shopkins Playsets
  • Transformers
  • Youth-Size Balls (soccer, football, basketball, volleyball)

Ages 12 -18 (middle & high school)

  • Art Sets (gel pen or colored fine-point sharpie set with sketch pads or coloring books, etc.)
  • Axe or Old Spice Deodorant Gift Sets
  • Beanies & Warm Gloves/Mittens
  • Bedroom Décor (string LED lights, sequin pillows, large sherpa fleece blankets, etc.)
  • Bluetooth Speakers (small, portable)
  • Craft Kits (bracelets, lip balm, soap and perfume, metallic rock painting, fairy gardens)
  • Cologne & Perfume Sets
  • Earbuds & Headphones
  • Full-Size Balls (soccer, football, basketball, volleyball)
  • Gift Cards $10-$15 (Woods, Little Caesars, Subway,
  • McDonalds, Sonic, DQ, Claire’s, Taco Bell, Edaleens)
  • Gift Cards $20-$25 (Target, Playstation, Xbox, Old
  • Navy, Ulta Beauty, Regal Cinemas, Bath & Body Works)
  • Jewelry (large hoop earrings, wrap-around bracelets, bar pendant necklace)
  • Lanyards (for keys)
  • Lava Lamps
  • Legos (Technics, Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter)
  • Make-Up Kits
  • Multi-Tool or Pocket Knife
  • Mini Drones (RC or hand controlled)
  • Nail Polish Sets
  • Shaving Kits (men’s and women’s)
  • Skateboards (Retro 22 & 27 in Pennyboards)
  • S.T.E.M. (robots, motors, magnets, circuits)
  • Spa Gift Baskets (face & hair masks, whitening strips, bath bombs, scrunchies, lotion, body wash)
  • Water bottles (insulated stainless steel)

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