City launches ninth annual Korey’s Joy Drive

November 13, 2023

The City of Vancouver invites the community to support the ninth annual Korey’s Joy Drive with donations of toys and warm clothing for neighbors in need starting Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Korey’s Joy Drive honors the memory of Korey Cochran, a City employee who passed away from brain cancer in 2017. He received the rare cancer diagnosis just before the holiday season.

“Since establishing Korey’s Joy Drive, we’ve collected more than 9,000 items to support families in need during the holidays,” said Jen Thomas with the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. “Thanks to the generosity of our community and local business partners, we’ve doubled the number of charities we can support.”

From Nov. 15 to Dec. 13, City employees will collect new, unwrapped toys and new youth, teen and adult winter coats, gloves, socks and hats. All donations will be delivered to eight local non-profits including Children’s Justice Center, Children’s Center and Open House Ministries, Sea Mar Parent-Child Assistance Program, Share of Vancouver, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel,
and Fosterful.

Community members can contribute at one of 12 public drop-off sites:

  • Edward Jones – Greg Hiatt – 5512 NE 109th Court, Suite D
  • Firstenburg Community Center – 700 N.E. 136th Ave.
  • Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar – 205 E. 39th St.
  • Marshall Community Center – 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
  • Park Crest Commons Apartments – 14913 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
  • The Al Angelo Company – 400 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 500
  • Vancouver City Hall – 415 W. 6th St.
  • Vancouver Fire Department Station 5 – 7110 NE 63rd St.
  • Vancouver Operations Center front desk – 4711 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
  • Vancouver Police West Precinct – 2800 N.E. Stapleton Rd.
  • Vancouver Police East Precinct – 520 S.E. 155th Ave.
  • Vancouver Utilities front desk – 2323 General Anderson Rd.

Back by popular demand, donors may contribute to Korey’s Joy Drive online via Amazon Wish List. Choose from a variety of pre-selected items or choose your own to be shipped directly to the Joy Drive. 

Local businesses interested in hosting a collection site may contact Jen Thomas at 360-487-7019 or    

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Contact: Jen Thomas, Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, 360-487-7019 or