The Forgotten Children’s Fund

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Christmas, they say, is for kids. But for many children, Christmas is the saddest time of the year.

So it was with a boy named Craig who wrote a letter to Santa Claus in December 1976. That letter never reached Santa, but it did reach a restaurant in Seattle, Washington called Francisco’s. And it reached people’s hearts! From that night in 1976, The Forgotten Children’s Fund (FCF) has grown into a group of dedicated people who enhance the true spirit of Christmas through the gift of sharing.

The Forgotten Children's Fund is an all volunteer organization and retains no salaried employees. Every year, volunteers work together to raise money to purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts to needy children and their families. Because of supplier contributions and purchasing relationships, each dollar contributed to the Fund is stretched to its fullest.

Each child receives a new winter coat, and at least three toys! Some lucky children even get a bicycle and helmet. Food staples and warm blankets for the family are also incorporated into the package. The gifts are delivered by Santa Claus himself.

Families are selected on the basis of need. Typically, the families we help are not assisted by other public or charitable organizations. Each family is contacted to determine special needs along with the children’s names, ages and clothing sizes. In some cases, help extends beyond presents to include donations of groceries or payment of fuel or utility expenses. The FCF currently operates in King County, Pierce County, North Counties (including Skagit, Island, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties) and Chelan Counties of Washington State.

In 1976 The Forgotten Children’s Fund helped 285 children in 81 families. We are currently serving more than 2,900 children in 800 families! Together, we can make a difference and bring joy and much needed help to local families this Holiday season!