Top 6 Local Organizations to Donate to This Winter and Holiday Season

Take a look at 6 different local organizations’ donation requests this winter season!

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Rosalie Johnson

Kitsap Food Bank is open from 10 am to 1:15 pm every week day at 3537 NW Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383.

by Rosalie Johnson, Reporter

With the winter and holiday season upon us, needs for financial, clothing and food assistance arise around Kitsap County. If it’s possible, donating to local organizations aids in relief and support.

Whether you’re looking to donate money, clothing, toys or food, this list has you covered.

  1. Kitsap Rescue Mission
    • Kitsap Rescue Mission serves to provide shelter, meals and new or gently used clothing for those in need of assistance.
    • Kitsap Rescue Mission is in the process of moving, so they are not currently accepting donations. However, once donations become available for the Kitsap community, the homeless shelter accepts and is in critical need of:
      • Hand warmer packets
      • Waterproof shoes/boots
      • Men and women’s underwear (unused)
      • Rain ponchos
      • Individually packaged food (Cup o’ Noodles, Ramen, etc.)
      • Disposable utensils, plates and coffee cups
    • Look to their website for links to financial assistance (one time or recurring sponsor
  2. New Beginnings Closet is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations to facilitate them to other CK organizations around the community.
    New Beginnings Closet collects clothing donations for those in need around the Kitsap community. (United Way Kitsap)
    • Donations can be dropped off at: 2027 13th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337
    • Donations needed:
      • Clothing of all sizes (especially warmer clothes as the winter season approaches)
        • Coats
        • Sweatshirts
        • T-shirts/Long sleeve shirts
        • Sweatpants
        • Jeans
        • Socks
        • Wool socks 
  3. Central Kitsap Food Bank
    • Central Kitsap Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for those within the CK School District since 1989.

      Kitsap Food Bank’s donation trucks and sign near their location in Silverdale. (Rosalie Johnson)
    • Current donation needs:
      • Chili
      • Peanut Butter
      • Sugar
      • Soups
      • Tuna
    • Holiday season needs:
      • Chicken broth
      • Gravy
      • Jell-O
      • Stuffing
      • Yam/sweet potatoes
  4. Kitsap Humane Society
    • The Kitsap Humane Society is a nonprofit shelter for potential animal adoptees. In 2020, they helped 3,676 animals find families.
    • Current donation needs:
      • Toys and supplies
        • Towels, blankets and linens
        • Plush cat beds
        • Kuranda beds for dogs
        • New/slightly used tennis balls
        • Kong brand dog toys
        • Washable cat toys
      • Food
        • Wet canned cat or dog food
        • Dry kibble (for cats or dogs, unopened bags only)
        • Milk Bone dog treats
        • Kitten bottles
      • Cleaning supplies
        • Bleach
        • Paper towels
        • Lint rollers
  5. Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
    • Donations needed: (Amazon Wishlist)
      • Toys
        • Play-Doh sets
        • Character figurines/dolls
        • Creatable World dolls
        • LEGO sets
        • LEGO Friends sets
      • Books
        • “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst and Joane Lew-Vriethoff
        • “El hilo invisible” Patrice Karst and Joane Lew-Vriethoff (Spanish version of “The Invisible String”)
        • “My Kinky, Coily Hair” by Aisha Rice
        • “Crunch the Shy Dinosaur” by Cirocco Dunlap and Greg Pizzoli
        • Interactive children’s books
      • Games
        • Guess Who?
        • Scrabble Jr.
        • HedBanz
        • Connect 4
        • Clue Game
        • Playing Cards
      • Art
        • Crayola Fine Line Markers
        • Crayola Colored Pencils
        • Watercolor paint sets
        • SunWorks Smart-Stack Heavyweight Construction Paper
        • Coloring books
      • Necessities
        • Noise cancelling headphones
        • Stress balls
      • Baby Supplies
        • Teething rings
        • Plastic baby bath tubs
  6. Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Donations needed: (Amazon Wishlist)
    • Melissa & Doug Items
      • The Wheels on the Bus Sound Puzzle
      • Old MacDonald’s Farm Sound Puzzle
      • Musical Instruments Sound Puzzle
    • Elmer’s Slime Ingredients
      • Elmer’s Color Slime Kit
      • Elmer’s Fluffy Slime Kit
      • Elmer’s Collection Slime Kit (Glow in the Dark)
    • Baby Toys
      • Tiny Love Meadow Days Take Along Mobile
      • VTech Learn and Spin Aquarium
      • Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano
    • Play food/Play kitchen toy sets
    • Coloring Books
      • You Draw The Lines: Inverse Coloring Book
      • The Reverse Coloring Book
    • Paper Games
      • Mad Libs (Youth-Appropriate)
      • Would You Rather? Family Challenge!
      • Would You Rather? Made You Think!
    • Books
      • Weird but True
      • Pop-Up Peekaboo! Books
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital requires an appointment to drop off donations. Donors may also fill in the shipment address as Seattle Children’s (Seattle Children’s Volunteer Services; M/S RC.3.800; 4800 Sand Point Way NE; Seattle, WA 98105) instead of sending it to their homes. This way, appointments are not necessary and donations do not have to be quarantined.