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Giving Garland

11th  Annual Giving Garland at Leschi Elementary

As of today, we have 100 families participating, almost double the number we had last year, with over 300 kids needing gifts for the holidays. The support we provide families through the “virtual” Giving Garland is even more critical than ever…due to COVID 19, students and families are in greater need of help.

The Giving Garland is a charitable event which, in the last 10 years, has supported over 1,300 children and their families during the winter holidays. It is made possible by the Leschi school and neighborhood communities, sponsored by the Leschi PTA.

How you can help!

Donate Gift Cards for the most frequently requested stores:

  • Safeway, Grocery Outlet, Costco, Target, Ross Dress for Less, Old Navy, GameStop, XBox

“Cash” donations for gifts and gift cards to be purchased:

  • Checks made out to “Leschi PTA”, in the memo add “Giving Garland”
  • Make donation via PayPal (go to the school website listed below)

Select an item(s) from our Wish Lists :

  • Snapdoodle Toys  (a local toy store! – select curbside pickup from the Seattle store during checkout. The store has offered to hold purchases until we pick them up in December.)
  • Amazon Leschi Giving Garland

Checks and Gift Cards can be sent to Giving Garland, c/o Katie Busby 330 30th Ave S. Seattle 98144 or dropped at the school office weekdays from 8am to 2pm.

In 2019 the Giving Garland supported 55 families with 180 children. The event is geared towards the children in the families. In pre-Covid years we hung tags on the garland which represented a gift, this year we will still be giving gifts to families…some items are fun: toys, bikes, art supplies, board games, balls, books and some are basics: clothing, bedding, warm coats or diapers. And every family receives gift cards to easily accessible grocery stores. 

There are currently 370 students enrolled at Leschi Elementary, all of whom are attending school via “remote learning”; approximately 50% of the student body qualify for free and reduced lunch and 19% qualify as homeless under the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Our number of homeless children enrolled at Leschi has increased significantly in recent years. Presently there are 70 children attending Leschi who meet the criteria of “homeless”, making the homeless student population at Leschi Elementary one of the highest in the Seattle Public Schools. 

Leschi PTA is an 501(c)(3) Organization, Tax ID #91-1391625