Farm Youth Outreach event needs Christmas miracle

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toyfarmSNOHOMISH COUNTY– One local youth outreach program is in need of a holiday miracle in the coming days.

Farm Youth Outreach is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lives of homeless children in Western Washington. Since 1994, the organization has served under-privileged youth by collecting toys, gathering clothes, and most importantly, giving youth a space to interact on a multi-acre farm in Snohomish County.

One of the organization’s annual events, Miracle on 92nd Street, has served thousands of homeless shelter children by providing a warm place for families to get together for one day during the holiday months. Upwards of 500 children and their families arrive to the Snohomish County farm and are fed a Christmas dinner. The children get to make crafts and are gifted warm clothes. And when the kids head back to the bus, they find a stocking stuffed with toys donated from Snohoimsh County’s Toys for Tots program.

But this year, Miracle on 92nd Street is struggling to gather the toys necessary to host the event on Dec 9. The Everett Toys for Tots warehouse called Farm Youth Outreach Tuesday to say that no toys would be donated. Toys for Tots has seen a drastic increase in the amount of families needing toys, officials said, and has already gifted most of their reserve.

“We had to keep putting them off,” said Mary Butler of Toys for Tots. “They were supposed to pick up on the Monday the 3rd, but we didn’t have enough donations.”

The chairwoman of Farm Youth Organization, Vicki Stevens, said she doesn’t know what to do since 500 kids are scheduled to arrive for the party.

“I have my tractor out on the internet now,” Stevens said. “If I can sell that tractor, I’ll go out and buy the toys.”

Snohomish County Toys for Tots pledged to donate all toys donated between Wednesday and Friday to Farm Youth Outreach.

Donations can be made directly to the Toys for Tots warehouse at 1502 Hewitt Avenue in Everett.

For a full list of all Snohomish County Toys for Tots locations, visit here.

For more info on Farm Youth Outreach, visit here.

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14 comments

    • Vicki Speck

      Donations can be made at the Farm (11212 92nd pl se Snohomish) on Sat. or donations will also be accepted at the Farm thrift store in down town snohomish 204 Ave C.

  • Wendy Cramer

    I have a large box of new Green Lantern action figures/toys as well as several children's pillows and blanket sets (new). I'm on Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor. I can check to see if there is someone from the Marine's here who could deliver them. My dilema is gettting them delivered.

    • Vicki Speck

      Donations can be made at the Farm (11212 92nd pl se Snohomish) on Sat. or donations will also be accepted at the Farm thrift store in down town snohomish 204 Ave C. Not sure about Marines but from what I have heard the Marines are doing a toys 4 tots drive in several locations this fri. and u might be able to find one of those to take them to. Or if you know any one that is coming across to this side then maybe one of us volunteers could meet wiht them. Thanks

  • Vicki Speck

    I volunteer at The Farm Youth Outreach and run their thrift store. If anyone comes into the store on Friday, December 7, I will give them $5 off their purchase if they bring in a new toy for the homeless sheltered children. The address is 204 Ave C, Snohomish, WA.
    Remember that some of these kids this may be the only toy they get this Christmas! Thank you for giving.

    • Alisa Maier

      I would like to know how my son and me his mom to get siigned up for the christmas party. all of my income goes on my bill's every month and o only have very little to try to live on, So please take me and my son in as a family, because i do not know about a christmas for my family. so please help me i want to on that bus to the farm so we cab be a family and where do we catch the bus, give me info. Alisa

  • kaveatch

    Reblogged this on K. A. Veatch and commented:
    Here is next week’s challenge a little early! Won’t you please help this wonderful organization provide a simple stocking for homeless children this year? Thank you and God Bless!

  • Patti

    Perhaps area merchants would be willng to each donate some. I'm thinking Fred Meyer and Walmart….they've been supportive in Vancouver, WA

  • Teresa Wenta

    I work for Providence in Everett. We sent word out this morning about the need, and wow–did our employees respond! I'm so excited and honored to be taking a donation to Vicki Stevens this afternoon on behalf of Providence Regional Medical Center, Providence General Children's Association, and the Providence family of employees. I think it's going to help buy more than a few presents :-).