Holiday Gift Barn

Thanks to thousands of donors and almost 400 volunteers, over 1,800 children received gifts for the holidays last year.

Holiday Gift Barn is one of the biggest and most exciting annual events put on by the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and it is an amazing community effort!

Each year Holiday Gift Barn serves children in the 16 zip code radius served by our food and clothing banks. We turn Pickering Barn into a huge department store where parents choose gifts and stocking stuffers for each of their children. We also have a wrapping station and child care so gifts can stay a surprise until Christmas morning.

To see the amazing transformation of Pickering Barn into the Holiday Gift Barn, check out this time lapse video

Our COVID-19 safe plan for 2020 is to distribute gift cards to families so that they can shop online for maximum safety! See below for how to participate in this amazing program, either as a donor or a shopper.

Donors

Are you able to donate toward Holiday Gift Barn this year? For everyone's safety, we are asking for donations of gift cards or financial gifts only this year. We understand that this is a dramatic change to your gift-buying experience and we thank you for your understanding as we seek to provide the best holiday experience possible for our families while keeping everyone safe! Gift cards will allow parents to shop online to select the exact items that fit their children, restoring their dignity and giving them the joy of shopping for their family. We are asking for $25 gift cards from local businesses as well as stores like Target, Fred Meyer, Sephora, PlayStation, etc..

If you are able to help, please register as a donor and mail your donation to us at "Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 179 1st Avenue SE, Issaquah, WA 98027, Attention: Holiday Gift Barn program". Please include your name and address so that we can provide you a receipt and acknowledge your gift! If you'd like to make a financial donation, please designate your gift toward "Holiday Gift Barn" and we will use the funds to purchase gift cards to ensure that we have enough for each child. Checks can be mailed to the address above or you can donate online.

Want to organize a donation drive? Check out our donor toolkit for flyers, logos, and messaging. 

Sign up to Donate

Questions about donating? Email Erin today! 

Clients

Can you use some help with holiday gifts this year? For the safety of your family, our volunteers, donors, and staff, we are shifting our typical Holiday Gift Barn program to gift cards only this year. This will allow you to order gifts online from the safety of your home and to select just the right items for your child(ren). Holiday Gift Barn gift cards will be available for pick-up at the food bank (179 1st Avenue SE, Issaquah) Monday, November 30th through Thursday, December 3rd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. You will receive an email in mid-November with your assigned pick up day and time; please note, pre-registration is required.

PLEASE NOTE - Anyone living within our 16 zip code service area is eligible for Holiday Gift Barn this year as long as you are registered as a client. If you haven't already shopped in 2020, you must register online here, then bring proof of address documentation for the parent, as well as for each of the children you would like to shop for. Registering as a client and registering for Holiday Gift Barn are two different steps. Examples of proof of address include a utility bill, DSHS letter, medical letter, etc. Your proof of address must show that you and your child(ren) live within our service area.  Providing documentation that your children reside in your household (medical card, social security card, school letter, etc) is also required.

For more information and important program details, please see our client registration toolkit!

Registration questions? Email Erin.

REGISTER FOR HOLIDAY GIFT BARN

Volunteers

Thank you to the almost 400 volunteers that it takes to make this event run smoothly when we are at the Pickering Barn. We are so appreciative of this fabulous community effort and this event would not be possible without volunteer help. With the transition of our Holiday Gift Barn program this year to ensure everyone's safety, there will be a very limited number of volunteer opportunities to help distribute gift cards from our building.