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M'ville food bank seeks food, toy donations


The Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store are asking community members to help their neighbors in need by donating food, books, coats and unused toys.

During this time of year, the Marysville Community Food Bank relies even more so on the community’s spirit of giving to ensure that families can celebrate the holiday season. Without your generous support these families will not be able to have a joyous holiday season.

With Christmas just around the corner, Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store volunteers are urging community members to help neighbors in need by donating food and unused toys — just look for the familiar red giving barrels at more than 90 participating locations where you shop or do business. Donations are down this year and we really need your help to fulfill dreams of many.

 Individuals can also drop off food items (including turkeys and hams), unused toys, stocking stuffers, cash cards, candy or wrapping materials at the Marysville Community Food Bank, 4150 88th St. NE (behind St. Mary’s Church), from 8 a.m. to noon daily (except Wednesday and Sunday) and Tuesday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Another convenient way you can give is by bringing an unwrapped gift — for newborn to 17 years old — to any Tree of Giving. Trees are located at HomeStreet Bank (1238 State Ave.), Marshall’s (16414 Twin Lakes Ave.), Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department (6915 Armar Road), any Marysville Fire District Fire Station, and the Marysville Police (1635 Grove St.) are also taking donations. If you have questions about donating new books and toys please contact Tara Mizell 360-363-8404. 

Several area service organizations and their dedicated volunteers formed the food bank toy store committee in 1985 to provide families in need with toys at the holidays. In its first year, 104 families received toys, compared with the more than 350 families and 1,200 children served in 2014. The food bank serves residents in the 98270, 98271 and 98259 zip codes. 

Important Dates to Remember

Christmas Food Basket Distribution

Dec. 19, 20 and 23

Toy Store

Dec. 14 and 15

The food bank is also looking for volunteers all season long. If you would like to help or need more information, call the Food Bank at 360-658-1054 or Toy Store Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Van Patten at 425-327-2958 or email her at


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