Coast Guard Family & Friends Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children

A Coast Guard family and community friends organization that provides handmade stockings filled with small basic and educational needs, with new useful essentials, gifts and toys for homeless children, ages infant through teen years, living in or reached through shelters in our Puget Sound Area.

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Address:PO Box 6392
Bellevue, WA 98008-0392
Phone Number:206-232-9854
It is difficult to imagine a life without a home to go to each night. Yet this is the unsettled life of a homeless child. Coast Guard Family and Friends Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children's mission is to bring basic needed items as well as small fun gifts and toys to our most needy and vulnerable children. Begun in 1996 by Coast Guard wives, in 2016 we delivered 3996 stockings to homeless youth, age's infant through teens, living in shelters in the Puget Sound area. This includes 700 street kids we reach through youth shelters.

Holiday Stockings is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charity in our 22nd year of operation, 97% of donations go directly to fill the children's stockings. Our organization's all-volunteer six member Board of Directors oversees the planning, management and budgeting for all the charity's activities.

Stocking contents are individually tailored for each child by age and gender. Over 700 dedicated volunteers from business, community, church, school, clubs, families and individuals assist filling stockings for nearly 4,000 children.

The stuffed stockings are delivered to the shelters and given to the children at a Holiday Party, often with a Santa. We receive heartfelt notes of thanks from the children, mothers and shelter staff. Some shelters reported the stockings hung for weeks by children's beds to remember this special season.