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2012 Easter Volunteer Opportunities in Puget Sound

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If you would like to volunteer this Easter season, filling baskets, or serving a meal, here are some Puget Sound area places that are looking for a hand to help.

Community Serve Day
Saturday, March 24
9:00am – 12:00pm
Tacoma Rescue Mission -
Adams Street Family Center
2909 South Adams Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

Crafts • Easter Egg Hunt • Easter Celebration • Lunch for Families. Call for details on volunteering: 253.566.1059.

Spring Baskets for Kids
Through Monday, April 2
YWCA Downtown Seattle
1118 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.461.4450
http://www.ywcaworks.org

The YWCA welcomes homemade or store-bought baskets filled with fun items like toys, games, socks and candy to make baskets for low-income children and those living in shelters. Cash donations will be used to purchase baskets. The goal is to receive most baskets by Monday, April 2, in time for delivery by Easter. YWCA shelters are a safe haven to the families working hard to move forward in their lives and build a better future for their children. There are several Puget Sound area drop off locations. Click HERE for more details. Spring Baskets are a wonderful treat!

Union Gospel Mission
Sunday, April 8
3800 South Othello Street
Seattle, WA 98118
206.722.3683
http://www.ugm.org

The Union Gospel Mission will be serving thousands of ham dinners on Easter Sunday to Seattle’s homeless. There are two ways you can help. Each $1.92 buys a dinner for a homeless person. You are encouraged to give a meal by clicking HERE to donate. If you are interested in volunteering to help serve Easter dinner, go to the website HERE to fill out an online application and get started.

Toy Rescue Mission
607 South Winnifred Street
Tacoma, WA 98465
253.460.6711
http://www.toyrescuemission.org

Toy Rescue Mission is an all-volunteer run, grass-roots organization. It was organized in 1991 with the purpose of providing toys to children who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances, either due to family hardship or an immediate disaster. TRM programs center upon recycling used but still useable toys. The mission brings joy and delight to needy children and seniors (with Alzheimer’s and dementia) through age-and-gender-appropriate Easter Baskets. Call to donate your used toys, or to help assemble Easter Baskets.

Magnolia Moms
3307 West Dravus Street
Seattle, WA 98199
206.283.1456
http://www.magnoliamoms.org

With the assistance of local merchants, parishioners, members of Magnolia Moms create and deliver over 200 Easter baskets to Seattle women, moms, and children who are in transitional housing. Though the baskets are tied to Easter, the recipients do not need to be of any religious affiliation.

Baskets are filled with candy, age appropriate toy items, books, school-supplies, and toiletries. The joy these baskets bring is truly heartwarming. Beyond candy and toys, things such as having your own shampoo and conditioner, or your own coloring book, are cherished luxuries for these women and children. Your contribution of any of the following is appreciated: Candy, Books, Art/school supplies, Small toys and games (Infant-12 yrs.), Full size toiletries for women (shampoo, condition, deodorant, soap ect..), Infant care items (bottles, sippy cups, baby shampoo/soap) or Toothbrushes and toothpaste.

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