Christmas Distribution Requirements

Christmas Requirements

  • Must not have been served the past 2 consecutive years for ANY programs. We always start an EMERGENCY LIST for those that are not eligible and are not able to get help other places. Getting your name on the list is not a promise of service until we call you. Most calls are made AFTER we have completed the regular distribution. To avoid this issue at holiday if you know that you have been served two years in a row or more and still are in a financial bind, we urge you to volunteer. Just 10 hours a month will keep your services continuing for another full year.

  • Must live within our service area of Pierce County. (Refer to ZIP CODE chart below)

    98063 98093 98303 98304 98321 98323 98327 98328 98329 98330
    98332 98333 95335 95338 98344 95348 98349 98351 98354 98360
    98371 98372 98373 98374 98375 98385 98387 98388 98390 98394
    98395 98396 98397 98398 98401 98402 98403 98404 98405 98406
    98407 98408 98409 98411 98412 98413 98415 98418 98421 98422
    98424 98433 98438 98439 98442 98443 98444 98445 98446 98464
    98465 98466 98467 98492 98497 98498 98499 98558 98580

  • Referrals from social service agencies outside of these areas accepted on a case by case basis

  • Parent or guardian must show WA ID with a Pierce County Address. We also accept DSHS paperwork, utility bills or a lease in your name dated within last 90 days along with other valid unexpired photo ID. Examples are another state driver’s license or a US passport.

  • We serve any Pierce County child that is low income with proper verification. We work with schools, churches, DSHS, and other social service agencies. Parents must show Pierce County ID for themselves and a WA State Provider One Card plus a State Medical Card or another form of proof of need for each child. Examples below.

    Provider One Card  Driver's License  Washington State ID Adult  Washington State ID Minor  Molina Card  Community Health Plan Card  Universal Health Plan Card 

  • Other acceptable proof can be Award Letters from SSI or DSHS, WIC letters, Free or Reduced lunch letters or a referral from a shelter or other official provider. Birth certificates and social security cards are NOT acceptable as proof of need. We MUST see proof of your current address such as your ID, utility bill or lease.
    If you are not sure you qualify, please contact us.

  • We DO NOT serve Foster Families unless it is a relative placement. We must see proof. Foster families have resources that most other parents do not. We want to ensure we are serving those with the greatest need.

  • We DO NOT serve grandparents or other non-parents unless you provide legal guardianship papers.
    Please call ahead if you have a situation that you would like to discuss.

    • Our lobby is small, and we don’t have staff to watch them while you shop. Children may NOT be left alone outside or in cars, as we will call the police. There is a halfway house for newly released prisoners and a juvenile court facility close by.
    • Please do not park at Tacoma Boys, they do tow. Parking on nearby side streets is your best bet. Only those with a disabled placard may park in our lot.
    • If shopping for several children, you will have a lot to select from and carry. Your adult helpers may wait in the lobby or in your car. Only one person from your family will be allowed to shop unless disabled or language is a barrier. In most cases we use our staff to assist.
    • Children still believe in Santa and don’t need to see you shopping for their gifts.
    • We also want children to believe that mommy and daddy shops from the paying store not the charity place.

Please call (253) 460-6711 or email with questions

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Distribution Calendar

Volunteer Inquiries

Web Page: Volunteer

Office Phone

(253) 460-6711

Office Hours

Tuesday | 9:30am-6pm
Wednesday, Thursday | 9:30am-4pm
Open Saturdays by appointment only unless during Easter, Back to School, or Christmas Distributions For all other inquiries, call for appointment

Postal Address

P.O. Box 64547
Tacoma, WA 98464-0547

Street Address and
Donation Drop-off

Toy Rescue Mission
607 S. Winnifred St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
(Across from Tacoma Boys on 6th Ave)

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