How it works

Northwest Autism Center works with local agencies contracted with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to identify the wishes and needs of those living in residential homes in our community. You are invited to don your elf hat and assist Northwest Autism Center in ensuring that every individual identified this season receives a gift. You have the opportunity to ‘adopt a home’, contribute a single item, or make a financial donation for gift purchases.

Frequently asked questions

We will be collecting gifts throughout the holiday season. To accommodate the winter break schedule and allow our staff time to shop for the families ahead of the holidays, all donations and gift cards need to be delivered to our offices by Friday, December 9th.

If you would like to mail your gift, please address it to:

Northwest Autism Center Schade Tower, 528 E Spokane Falls Blvd # 14, Spokane, WA 99202.

You can also drop off your gift during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thank you for your gracious support this holiday season!

No. Our WishList is a guide, containing all the gift requests we received. We want to make it easy for you so we provided the option to buy the gift directly from the retailer via the WishList. However you may also choose to go do your own shopping to find like items and fulfill the gift requests listed. We do ask that in the WishList portal you mark which items you plan to buy though so we know what gifts to expect.

Any given year we partner with dozens of residential group homes throughout the Spokane region to identify individuals who are in need of a Christmas gift. We invite members of the community to “adopt” one of these homes (usually consisting of 2-10 individuals) and purchase a list of gifts for them based on their Christmas wish lists.

We have an extensive list of gifts that have been requested by individuals living in residential group homes. This list can be found here. From the WishList you’ll have the opportunity to shop and purchase individual items, send them our way and we will get them delivered. 

Not ready to adopt an entire house? Or maybe you just want to make a one-time donation to cover the cost of items on our gift list? Make a contribution simply by clicking here. These donations will be used to purchase any outstanding gifts that remain on the WishList once we hit our deadline. Any remaining donations will be used for Next year’s Giving Tree.

While we understand the interest in learning more about those receiving gifts through the Giving Tree, we are committed to protecting the privacy and well-being of these individuals. In accordance with HIPPA , we protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. At this time we have not been given permission by the residents on our WishList or the residential group homes to release full names, photos or other identifiable information other than what is listed here.

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