(UPDATE, Nov. 28: The Forgotten Children’s Fund says it has secured a warehouse in Bellevue and thanks everyone who stepped forward to offer up locations. We'll keep you posted.)
Santa needs your help this holiday season.
He’s looking for a North Pole in the Seattle area.
“We have the toys, we have the bikes, we have the volunteers to wrap them, but we just don’t have a place for them to come wrap,” said Doug Moeller, who heads the Forgotten Children’s Fund, which is trying to help 700 of the area’s neediest kids this Christmas.
The organization dates back to the mid 1970’s, but is facing its toughest real estate challenge. Between Thanksgiving to a few days after Christmas, the Forgotten Children’s Fund needs about 50,000 square feet of space to wrap toys and winter coats and assemble bikes, which are delivered on Christmas Eve by Santa and his elves.
“This great economy is kind of a two-edged sword. It’s great for Seattle and great for the people who live here, but it’s bad for us, because there’s no vacancies,” said Moeller. “And the vacancies we do see are so hot people don’t want to tie them up for the 30 days that we need it.”
Just as we were heading up to do our interview, Moeller got his first solid lead, which will be checked on Tuesday. Others have called KING 5 with possible leads on places.
If you can help Santa make Christmas wishes come true this year contact The Forgotten Children’s Fund here.