News Release: Holiday Event To Help Local Families In Need


Dec. 4


Joel Zylstra, Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service, Pacific Lutheran University, (253) 535-7652



Christmas is coming up, but to some December holds more dreariness than delight. Many families in the local community struggle to make ends meet over the holidays. Winterfest will show the true spirit of Christmas as local organizations help more than 500 low-income families in economic despair.

Winterfest will be held on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pacific Lutheran University’s East Campus (Old Parkland School), on Pacific Avenue South & 121st Avenue South. This year marks the 24th annual Winterfest.

The families have been hand picked by Franklin Pierce and Bethel Schools, the Head Start Program, Parkland Family Support Center, Rainier View Christian Center and Exodus Housing. Children will get to enjoy some Christmas cheer as they get to visit Santa and participate in face painting and holiday crafts. The children will also get to choose a book to take home.

If you want to help, items asked for are toys for children from three years old to teens, socks and coats, gently used or new children’s books and personal hygiene items. Tax deductible money donations are payable to:

PLU Center for Community Engagement and Service
12180 Park Ave.,
Tacoma, Wash. 98447.

Items can be dropped off before Dec. 13, at these locations: Lemay Family Foundation, Franklin Pierce and Bethel School District Headquarters, Heritage Bank’s Parkland/Spanaway branch, Twinstar Credit Union’s Parkland/Spanaway branch, the Couples and Family Therapy Center at PLU or the PLU Concierge Services.

Volunteers can contact PLU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service and sign up online at

For more information, contact Joel Zylstra, (253) 535-7652, or visit


PLU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service serves as a bridge between the university and the Parkland and Tacoma community, seeking partnerships that deepen student learning while enhancing the common good.

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