Jolly Holiday Gift Program
Do you see the holidays as the perfect time to help those who don’t have as much as you? Does bringing a smile to the face of a child make you happier than receiving a gift yourself? Just need another excuse to shop?
Every child deserves a chance, including the chance to have a happy holiday season!
Not all kids get that chance…
- Often the families of our kids can barely afford necessities like food and warm clothing, let alone gifts for the holidays.
- Knowing they won’t have a holiday like what they see on TV can be especially difficult for troubled and at-risk children and youth.
What is the Jolly Holiday Gift Program?
Over a decade ago, we were approached by people looking for ways to give back and help children during the holidays. As a result, people volunteered to:
- set up giving trees in businesses - this gave business employees and customers a way to donate gifts for children.
- purchase gifts for children or whole families.
- donate money toward to purchase of gifts.
How can I help?
- Attend a Jolly Holiday benefit event, such as the Holiday Extravaganza
- Sponsor a “Giving Tree” in your workplace. We’ll give you ornaments containing a child’s name, age, and an item from their wish list. Anyone who takes an ornament agrees to purchase that item for the child.
- Sponsor an individual child or family – we’ll provide the name and age of the child, and their wish list and you can purchase some or all of the items on the list.
- Donate new, unwrapped toys, games, crafts, electronics or clothes.
- Purchase books at the annual Barnes & Noble Bookfair in December.
- Give gift cards or cash donations toward the purchase of gifts (100% of such donations are used to purchase gifts!)
Your gifts and donations are accepted year-round and we’ll distribute the gifts at the next holiday season. Remember all gifts are tax deductible!
Contact us today – you’ll be amazed at how jolly you’ll feel knowing you’ve helped bring a smile to a child at the holidays!
Just a few examples of “Wish List” items from kids:
- Stephanie, age 9, Barbie accessories
- Tyler, age 14, remote control car
- Arnold, age 6, winter coat, hat and mittens (boys size 5/6)
- Edith, age 3, play kitchen set/toys
- Kyle, age 7, Legos
- Tara, age 8, sweaters (girls size 12)
- Brian, age 16, MP3 player
Contact Person: Kelly Beaulieu, M.Ed.
Associated Program: Administration