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United Way of Lewis County has connections to many resources across our community.


Seasonal assistance

We have entered the season of giving and there are many local programs that offer assistance to those who need help during the holidays.

* The Salvation Army - Christmas Toy Sign-up (location - 303 N. Gold St, Centralia WA 98531) / 360-736-4339
          Lewis County families with children under 18 years old, still living at home are welcome to sign-up for Christmas assistance.
          Nov. 19th, 10am-2pm
          Nov. 29th, 5pm-8pm
          Dec. 3rd, 10am-2pm

          Note: you will need ID for all family members, verification of address, and proof of date of birth for all applicants in order to receive assistance.


*Gather Church Holiday Meal Program (location - 100 S. Rock St., Centralia WA 98531)
          Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) - doors open at 9am and meal on-site at 1pm. Deliveries will begin at 11:30am - if you would like a meal delivered, please call 360-827-0264.
          Christmas (Dec. 25) - doors open at 9am and brunch will be served at 11am.


*Lewis County Sheriff's Office 'Shop with a Cop' Program / December 13, 2018
          This is an opportunity for children from disadvantaged circumstances to go Christmas shopping for their immediate family, while having a positive experience with law enforcement.
          The program is open to children ages 8-18, who reside in Lewis County.
NOTE: Application deadline is Nov. 21st and family notification will begin Dec. 4th.
           For more information, call 360-748-8100.


*Toys for Tots - Lewis County (through DSHS)
          Serves families receiving TANF or Food Assistance and provides gifts to children 14 and younger in Lewis County.
          Sign up at the DSHS office (located at the Lewis County Mall; 151 Hampe Way, Chehalis) between November 20th through December 13th.

  • Once registered, DSHS will provide a receipt that the parents will need to bring to the distribution location.

  • Distribution will be at the American Legion Hall (111 W Main St., Centralia) on December 18th and 19th.



Interested in volunteering as a way to give back during the holiday season? Visit our volunteer website, Volunteer Lewis, by
CLICKING HERE and search through hundreds of local volunteer opportunities.


For community resources and information on available services, dial 2-1-1.

2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that provides free and confidential information on local resources for food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

CLICK HERE to access the 2-1-1 database.




Lewis County Community Resource Guide
For a guide of additional resources and information,
CLICK HERE to download the Lewis County Community Resource Guide.





Washington Connection
Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs.

Washington Healthplanfinder offers healthcare coverage for children, parents/caretakers with children, pregnant women, or adults age 18 to 64 years old. For information regarding available services or to apply for benefits, visit



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