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01.08.2020

Holiday Memories Made at the Treehouse Store

By Brianna Franco, Marketing & Policy Intern

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As we enter the new decade, we reflect on this season and the great things that are happening here at the Treehouse Store. Our store allows children and young people experiencing foster care to have free access to essentials such as clothing, accessories, school supplies and books.

Here are some of the highlights from our holiday season:

Two teens came into the store to shop and get items for the cold weather and upcoming holidays. One was super stoked about the comfy clothes she found, and as she tried them on, she showed off each piece. The other was tickled to find makeup and accessories in addition to the essentials. Both youth were clearly having a great time and enjoying each other’s company. At the end of their shopping, both of them walked out with giant teddy bears.

As a staff member was helping a caregiver load two bikes and a bunch of brand new toys into their car they said: “Well I think my girls are going to have an amazing Christmas this year.”

A caregiver was shopping for her two grandsons and was thrilled to find a copy of the game Battleship. Every time their caseworker visits they bring the game and the youth have fallen in love with it. It is one of the few games they can both play and enjoy together since the oldest is 12 and the youngest is 5. She especially looked forward to seeing her youth receive this gift.

When youth are close in age, everything is either shared or fought over. A caregiver checked out with two of every toy to make sure that each kiddo would have their own. There were two baby dolls (one blond and one brunette), two stuffed My Little Ponies, two art kits and two Disney princess dolls.

The store received a generous donation of black fleece blankets that have been popular with shoppers as the weather turns colder. A caregiver picked out blankets for the three youth in her care. She shared plans to use her sewing machine to monogram them and give each kid a custom blanket for the holidays.

These moments would not be possible without donations from the community. Visit treehouseforkids.org/give to learn more about the most-needed clothing and goods in Treehouse’s free store for youth in foster care.

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About the Author

Brianna Franco is the Marketing and Policy Intern at Treehouse. She is currently a junior at Seattle Pacific University, studying to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.


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