Bringing Holiday Magic to Kids in Foster Care

By Sarah Kurtzman, Treehouse Marketing & Communications

This past Wednesday the Treehouse team was thrilled to partner once again with KIRO Radio for our annual “Holiday Magic” radiothon. During the exciting day-long event more than $500,000 was raised ensuring that more than 5,500 kids in foster care across Washington state will receive a gift with their name on the tag this holiday season!

Holiday Magic Raises $502,856 for Youth in Foster Care

The holidays can be a painful time for kids in care as they are reminded of the families they have lost. A personally chosen gift can help them fit in with their peers and let them know that they haven’t been forgotten. The Holiday Magic program also helps ease the financial burden on our state’s foster families.

We are so grateful to all of the volunteers that made this event success. We especially want to thank the Treehouse youth who bravely shared their stories of strength and resilience on air Wednesday.


Seventeen-year-old Marco shared about his passion for the culinary arts and how Treehouse Education Specialist Roland Pablo is helping him pursue his dream of attending college to become an engineer.


Nineteen-year-old Ephie shared how Treehouse Education Specialist Jamie Burns helped her learn to navigate the American school system after emigrating from Eritrea a few years ago. She is now attending Seattle Pacific University.


Fifteen-year-old Stephanie shared about finding her forever family and described how the Treehouse Little Wishes program has helped fund her participation in school activities and sports like gymnastics and wrestling.

A big thank you to Holiday Magic sponsors, The Landing in Renton, Kiel Mortgage, Carter Subaru, and Uber for their support. We also want to thank the KIRO Radio team and listening community for helping Treehouse brighten the holidays for Washington kids in foster care once again this year.

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About the Author

Sarah Kurtzman is the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for Treehouse. She is grateful for the opportunity to share the stories of Treehouse students, families, and generous supporters with the community.

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