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'A Christmas Wish' helps bring holiday toy drive to Arlington


December 6, 2017 | View PDF

A group of volunteers is asking people to help ensure children in Arlington and Darrington with the most need enjoy a festive holiday season.

Several community groups — including the Arlington Boys & Girls Club, the Arlington Community Food Bank and the American Legion — are teaming up to organize “A Christmas Wish,” which is a toy drive that takes place throughout the first weeks of December.

Organizers are hoping to gather enough toys to help around 600 children from an estimated 200 families, which is a 20 percent increase from the 2016 toy drive, organizer Tina Davis said.

She said volunteers try to make sure each child receives a blanket, a clothing item, a toy, a stuffed animal and a game for the family. Organizers are collecting names from the food bank, Department of Social and Health Services, Kids Kloset, Apple Pre-School and the Resource Centers in Arlington and Darrington.

“We do our best to accommodate everybody,” Davis said, adding that children from birth to 18 years old can receive a toy from the Christmas toy drive. The toy drive can be beneficial for participating teenagers.

“The kids that most need to know the community cares for them are the teenagers,” Davis said.

People can visit banks and credit unions in Arlington, Darrington and Smokey Point to pull a name tag from giving trees. People can also make a donation and volunteers will do the shopping.

Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Boys & Girls Club, Grocery Outlet, 7 Lakes Dental, American Legion and Symmetry Chiropractic. Gifts will accepted until Dec. 15.

Families receiving help from the A Christmas Wish toy drive will “shop” for their toys Dec. 15 at the Boys & Girls Club.

For more information or to volunteer to help with the toy drive, contact Davis at 360-631-2159 or email at or


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