Christmas Child Program: We Need Giving Tree Sponsors!

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Christmas Season 2019

Dear North Kitsap Neighbor,

Again this Christmas season, Fishline Foodbank and Comprehensive Services will be offering our “Christmas Child” program. We invite you to join us in making the holidays special for families in North Kitsap and help fulfill Christmas wishes for our local children and youth by hosting a Giving Tree. Without your help many children may not otherwise experience the holiday spirit of receiving gifts.

The Christmas Child program provides an opportunity for parents to tell us about their children’s wishes and needs, and give us more details about the child’s favorite activities, hobbies and interests. Individuals and groups sponsor the child by choosing three items from the child’s list. We also encourage parents and sponsors to consider giving experiences aligned with the child’s interests. An experience can truly enrich a child’s life and spark a love of lifelong learning.

The wishes and needs are communicated to the public on gift tags distributed via Giving Trees at area businesses and other locations. Fishline supplies the gift tags; businesses and organizations supply their own Christmas Tree. Shoppers choose a tag, purchase three items from the list and place them (unwrapped) in one big bag. Bags of gifts are returned to the location where the tag was found on its tree. Gifts can be picked up by Fishline, or can be dropped off during our drop off hours. Additionally, some businesses choose to have a toy drive, which Fishline can support with donation barrels and posters. (Please see attached FAQ for a detailed overview of the program logistics).

Last year nearly 400 children were recipients of holiday gifts through the Christmas Child program and we expect more participants this year. In Kitsap County, 17% of families with children younger than 5 years of age live below the poverty level. In homes with a single-mother of children under 5, that number jumps to 50%. You can help brighten the holidays for these families and give them a Christmas to remember. 

Thank you for supporting the children of North Kitsap,

Robbin Rae
Development and Public Relations Manager
360-208-8508
christmaschild@fishlinehelps.org

Giving Tree FAQ’S

  • BY FRIDAY NOV. 8th: Contact christmaschild@fishlinehelps.org with the number of Gift Tags you would like to receive for your Giving Tree.
  • FRIDAY, NOV. 22nd: You will receive your tags by Friday, Nov. 22nd. If your tree runs low on tags because of purchases, we can replenish!
  • MONDAY, NOV. 25TH: Giving Trees (tree provided by your business) must be in place by Monday
  • Shoppers will select tags and go shopping for the child.
  • Gifts should be unwrapped and placed in one black plastic bag. Shoppers circle the items they purchased on their tag and attach the tag to the black bag.
  • MONDAY, DEC. 9: Gifts are due back to the Giving Tree location.
  • Gifts will be picked up from Giving Tree sites by the Christmas Child team on or around the due date or by arrangement as needed. Contact christmaschild@fishlinehelps.org to arrange pickup.
  • DEC. 9-13: Gifts can be dropped off to Fishline. (19705 NW Viking Ave. Bldg. B)
    • M/T/TH/F 10am-3pm          ·     Wed. 1pm-6pm
  • We encourage shoppers to be creative and consider experiences as a great way to give. Sports tickets, swim lessons, dance classes, workshops, event tickets, and other activities that align with the child’s interests.

Gift Cards:

  • Gift cards are greatly appreciated and are one of the best gifts for teenagers in the program. Favorites include Forever 21, GameStop, Regal Cinema, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Old Navy, Walmart, Ulta, Target, & local restaurants.

Toy Drives:

  • We also love donations of new, unwrapped toys! These gifts will be used for children whose tags go unsponsored. Any remaining gifts after Christmas wishes have been fulfilled will go to Fishline’s Birthday Fairy program which provides birthday gifts all year long.
  • We can provide posters for your Toy Drive collection box. Contact christmaschild@fishlinehelps.org to request posters.

Cash Donations:

  • Monetary donations are happily accepted to help us make purchases to ensure the children’s wishes and needs are fulfilled. Drop off donations at Fishline during business hours or mail to: P.O. Box 1517, Poulsbo, 98370 or online at fishlinehelps.org/get-involved/donate.  Please earmark for Christmas Child.

Most Needed Items, Week of Nov 6

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We are in need of the following items: turkey, ham, canned fruit, eggs, butter, celery, sweet potatoes and pies! We also need grocery shopping bags for the market!

Food donations that are not expired and are unopened, may be dropped off at Fishline Monday thru Friday during the following hours:

  • Monday: 8:30am to 2:45pm
  • Tuesday: 8:30am to 2:45pm
  • Wednesday: 8:30am to 6:45pm
  • Thursday: 8:30am to 2:45pm
  • Friday: 8:30am to 2:45pm

Look for the “Donations” door located in the front of our building.  If no one greets you immediately, please ring the large white doorbell, and someone will be right there to help you.  Receipts are always offered, should you need one. Fishline will accept both perishables (including dairy, eggs, fresh fruits &  vegetables, garden produce etc.) as well as non-perishables. We are also happy to receive baby food, diapers, wipes, household cleaning supplies and personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors, lotion, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

You can also support Fishline by dropping off food donations in our collection barrels at any of the following locations:

Big blue Fishline donation barrels are located near the entrance at:

  • Central Market
  • Safeway
  • Red Apple
  • Liberty Bay Bank
  • 1st Security Bank




Fishline’s Annual Supply Drive for the Homeless, Oct 1-31

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As the cold weather months are approaching, it’s crucial that we keep a well stocked inventory of supplies for our homeless clients. These items can help our community’s most vulnerable stay comfortable and warm during the fall and winter season.

We are collecting the following new and gently used items:

Sleeping bags
Four person tents
Camping mats
Warm/water resistant coats
Rain gear
Backpacks and duffel bags
Flashlights
Warm socks
Hats
Gloves
Scarves
Hand/feet warmers
Thermal underwear
Shoes and boots
Ziplock bags
Sweaters and flannels
Watches
Toiletries and toilet paper
Tarps
Large water jugs

These items can be dropped off from October 1 to 31, at the following locations:

Fishline
Poulsbo City Hall
Poulsbo Athletic Club
Kingston High School
North Kitsap High School
Sharenet


Fishline is Looking for an Architect!

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Fishline is looking for some help from a professional architect who is willing to donate their services for a simple project. We’re hoping to construct several internal, half-walls within our administrative office to create another work space and need someone to help us with the design and layout of that! Can you help or do you know someone who can? Message us or contact Fishline Director Patti Dudley at Fishline at 360-208-0103. Thank you!


Fishline Will Be Closed on Monday, September 2 for Labor Day

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The food bank and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3 at 10am.