For many years, the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) Department has operated a Winter Holiday Gift program for families experiencing economic insecurity on the Island, by collecting gifts and funds so that no child would celebrate their family’s winter holiday without a gift or a special holiday meal. 

This year there are 130+ MI Families – including seniors and 90+ children under 18 years old – that will rely on the MIYFS Department Holiday Program to provide gift cards for holiday meals and gifts. 

Please consider making a donation to the Winter Holiday Program, as your contribution can help families enjoy the festive holiday season and celebrate their traditions. 

Your monetary, tax-deductible donation will be used to purchase gift cards for families in the program. Gift cards give participants the opportunity and dignity of choosing exactly what they and their family members need. For some, this may mean extra groceries or needed clothing; for others, it could mean special holiday gifts for their children. 

The anticipated cost to serve all families in the program, including both gifts and special holiday meals, is $25,000 and we can’t do it without your help!