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Donation drives underway for Fishline

POULSBO — The season of giving has once again descended on Little Norway, and North Kitsap Fishline has all hands on deck, ready to collect food and toys aplenty for local residents in need.

Food Baskets

In partnership with area churches, Fishline workers are busy putting together holiday food baskets in an effort to spread the tasty joys of Thanksgiving and Christmas across the shores of Liberty Bay.

Nearly 400 clients have signed up to receive a Thanksgiving food basket, and organizer Kathy Smith said donations are always useful in meeting the substantial need. Those offering packages will receive a general list, which includes basic holiday dinner food favorites and a few cooking essentials, as well as the size and make-up of the family to which the basket will be going. Thanksgiving baskets were dropped off Friday and will be distributed Nov. 19-21. Christmas baskets will be given out Dec. 20-22. Sign-ups to receive a basket have already closed, but new Fishline clients are welcome to join the Christmas list in December. Smith said Fishline could especially use Thanksgiving donations before the holiday arrives.

Adopt A Family

Fishline’s Adopt a Family program is also bolstering its sails. Now in its second year, the program allows businesses, organizations and individuals the opportunity to purchase gifts tailored to the wish lists of an entire family.

“It’s an additional thing we did last year and it was successful and so nice that we decided to do it again,” said Client Services Coordinator Rae Rodriquez. “The whole family gets a really nice care package.”

Each receiving family member can write up a list of three wants or needs. About 40 families are adopted each year. Adoptions must be made by Dec. 12, items purchased and delivered by Dec. 17.

Toy Shop

The Fishline Toy Shop, too, will be opening its doors this holiday season, allowing parents to personally choose gifts for their children. Personal shoppers will assist in making their selections from donated new toys, books, games and clothing. Unwrapped donations can be dropped off at Fishline, or at Curves, the North Kitsap Herald, Land America/Transnation or West Sound Taekwondo, each located in Poulsbo. Father Christmas will also be accepting donations from 12-4 p.m. Saturdays beginning Nov. 24 downtown.

The Toy Shop will be open by appointment only Dec. 11-13, and participating clients must reside within the North Kitsap School District area and provide identification and proof of address.

Rodriquez said for each of Fishline’s programs, consistent volunteers and donations are always needed, especially around Thanksgiving.

“The holiday support generally does really well but we’re a little short for Thanksgiving,” she said. “I think Christmas pulls a little more on the heart strings.”

And while holiday donations are a major desire, year-round giving is something she hopes the Poulsbo community keeps in mind.

“The donations, the encouragement, the hope, all of that comes into play year long, and the holidays highlight the need,” she said. “Once the holiday dust clears we still need that support to continue through the spring so we’re not letting people go hungry.”

For more information on all Fishline’s programs, how to donate or receive and hours of operation, call (360) 779-5190 or visit www.nkfishline.org.

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