Christmas ProgramDistribution Calendar Distribution Requirements Pre-Registration Information
NO Santa pictures this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Due to Covid-19, the following changes are being made here at TRM for Christmas Distribution:
- Christmas will be by appointment only, NO WALK IN SERVICE. PERIOD.
- Only one parent allowed inside (Those waiting must remain in car or outside building)
- DO NOT BRING CHILDREN OF ANY AGE (No Babbies. Period.)
- NO porta-potty this year
- NO food or drink allowed
- ALL guest must wear a mask and sanitize at the door upon entry
- Temperatures will be taken
- Those showing signs of a flu or cold will be asked to reschedule
- We reserve the right to refuse service to those displaying signs of illness
- All other requirements remain the same. We serve birth to age 15, children that live in Pierce County only, and be able to show proof of low income. Must be the custodial parent or legal guardian (proof required) for service.
- Because Christmas is starting in November, ALL BEFORE CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAYS must be served by November 16. Please call for an appointment ASAP.
- NO used toy donations until January 2022. Our restoration process requires quarantine space as well as adequate volunteers to refurbish. We apologize but due to COVID we have no other options. In lieu of used donations we can accept NEW items, gift cards and monetary donations.
- We can also take gift wrap, stockings, cosmetic samples, jewelry, small toiletries, and other stocking stuffers for both children and seniors.
- Please email questions to: email@example.com or call Mary or Martha at (253) 460-6711. If you leave a message, please leave only one and speak slowly and clearly. It could take up to 3 business days for us to call you back, so we ask your patience.
- Accepting bi-lingual volunteers for varying shifts. Must be at least 18 years of age and willing to wear a mask. Contact Martha for more details. NO large groups accepted this year. Max number of volunteers per shift will be 8 (Call Martha for more details).
- There will not be a formal Holiday Party. We will have a holiday luncheon on December 20th.
Christmas for most of us conjures up memories of warm homes, holiday aromas and special gifts under the tree. But what if you are a child in a homeless shelter or living with your family in a car? What memories would Christmas hold for you then?
Toy Rescue Mission loves to make sure we can make Christmas special for children in need. Other agencies can provide a safe home and nourishing food, but we try to bring back the ‘light’ in a child’s eyes as they see a wished-for gift on Christmas morning. It’s something they can call their own in a world of chaos and uncertainty. We also serve the ‘forgotten children’ at the other end of the age spectrum--seniors with dementia in care facilities.
Our annual Christmas gift distribution gives joy to so many underprivileged children in the Pierce County area and seniors in care facilities. The children receive like-new (and some new) toys, books and stuffed animals. The seniors receive lap blankets, toiletries, puzzles and stuffed toys. All items are clean, in working order and sometimes sealed in plastic. Christmas wrapping paper and bows and Christmas decorations are also available to the parents of these children.
This distribution is our largest program of the year. It occurs from mid-November to mid-December but we prepare for it all year long so we can serve over 7000 recipients. You can help by donating funds, holding a toy drive at your place of employment or donating the following items: new or gently-used toys, books, DVD’s, Christmas wrapping paper and bows, candy canes, board games, Christmas stockings or gifts for children 10-15 years old.
We also need several volunteers to clean, repair and sort the donated toys and help with the distribution event. Let the true spirit of Christmas touch your heart and call us at (253) 460-6711 to volunteer your time and resources to brighten the lives of children and seniors in care facilities.