Annual Report

December 2014 marked the 34th year of Christmas House helping families in need from over 20 different cities in Snohomish County select free holiday gifts for their children at the “Christmas House” department store.

In 2014, the store opened on December 4 for a three-week period. When the store finally closed December 20, 8,970 children from 3,060 families had received clothing and gifts. This included children from over 200 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 Christmas House. Each morning at 7:00 am, numbers were distributed to the first 200 people to arrive. Some parents waited in line all night to ensure they received a number to shop for their kids. 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, and 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, and stocking hat or warm gloves for each child. Younger children also received a stuffed animal and mini gift. On average, each child received about $60 worth of gifts. Parents were also invited to select a book for their family and an item from our family gifts.

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. Thanks to the generous donations, we were able to purchase and give away over 402 bicycles and tricycles.

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 2015. With the continued support of our loyal donors and volunteers, we will continue to meet the challenges and needs of our community.

I ‘d like extend a special thank you to Rick Kvangnes for all the great work he has done to strengthen the Christmas House organization over the 12 years he’s served as President. Rick stepped down as President at the end of February 2015.

Gregg Milne
Christmas House President