The Daily Mash-Up

Thursday, July 20, 2017 This Week's Paper
Winterfest needs donations and volunteers for providing families holiday cheer

Pierce County’s low income families will gather Dec. 14 in Pacific Lutheran University’s East Campus for the 24th annual Winterfest. Winterfest needs donations and volunteers to host this event.
Winterfest offers 500 low income families the opportunity to spend a day full of holiday spirit picking out presents for each other. Parents chose toys and warm clothes to give to their children for Christmas. Children spend the day visiting Santa, getting their faces painted and making presents for their parents.
Winterfest is only possible if the community donates to this event. “We always need more toys,” Tiffany Lemmon, assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service, said. Toys are needed for boys and girls ages three to teen.
Volunteers are needed to run all aspects of Winterfest. Some volunteers help the children make present for their parents and take them to visit Santa while the parents pick out the toys. Other volunteers are greeters and coat checkers. Many volunteers are needed to make Winterfest a fun and safe experience for everyone.
“There are a lot of community organizations that have stepped up this year,” Lemmon said. Schools, churches, clubs and groups have all come together to help sponsor this event.
Donations can be dropped off not later than Dec. 13 at the following locations: Lemay Family Foundation, Franklin Pierce School District Headquarters, Bethel School District Headquarters, PLU Concierge Services, Twinstar Credit Union (Parkland/Spanaway branch), Couples and Family Therapy at PLU and Heritage Bank (Parkland/Spanaway branch).
To sign up to be a volunteer, visit and click on the volunteer link.