Annual Report

December 2013 marked the 33rd Christmas House and families in need from over twenty different cities in Snohomish County selected free holiday gifts for their children at the “Christmas House” department store.

In 2013, the store opened on December 5 for a three-week period. When the store finally closed on December 21, 9,064 children from 3,066 families had received clothing and gifts. This included children from over 275 homeless families.

Once again, Christmas House was at the Everett Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is truly a perfect facility to host the Christmas House. Each morning at 7:00 am, numbers were distributed to the first 195 people to arrive. Some families waited in line all night to ensure they received a number. Anyone who was unable to wait in line for a number, due to documented medical reasons, was given an appointment.

When their number was called, parents presented pay stubs, birth certificates, medical coupons along with other proof of income and family size at our registration desk. Once registered, they were escorted through Christmas House by our volunteer hosts and hostesses.

Parents were invited to select a large gift, small gift, new clothing item, a stuffed animal, mini gift and a stocking hat or warm winter gloves for each child. On average, each child received about $60.00 worth of gifts. Parents were also invited to select an item off our Family table.

Thanks to the generous donations, we were able to purchase and give away over 300 bicycles and tricycles.

Once again, the citizens of Snohomish County and beyond met the challenge of helping their neighbors celebrate the holidays. Thanks to many individuals, local businesses and foundations, cash donations exceeded $125,000.

Throughout the year, we applied for and received foundation donations and workplace donations. People generously brought in toys, gifts and money to our donation sites. Individuals, families, clubs, churches and businesses all made significant contributions.

A very special Thank You to all of our volunteers from Snohomish County and beyond. Without every one of them, we could not have met and served the needs of these families. Our volunteers were enthusiastic and warm hearted. Their goodwill touched the hearts of the thousands of people they assisted.

Christmas House is already preparing for 2014. With the continued support of our loyal donors and volunteers, we will continue to meet the challenges and needs of our community.

Sincerely
Richard K. Kvangnes
President of Christmas House