Hope for the Holidays

Bring joy to a child in care this holiday season by adopting a wish list!

Donate to Hope for the Holidays

Could you imagine spending the holidays without your family? That is the reality for over 650 children in care with Children’s Home Society. Make a difference in the life of one child by adopting a holiday wish list this year. Beginning November 2nd, you can select the child or children you wish to sponsor on our Hope for the Holidays website.

In light of COVID-19 we are making modifications to the program to ensure the safety of our donors, families, and staff. We will be detailing these changes in the coming weeks and months, but one thing remains the same, our children will need your support now more than ever.

Can you help brighten the holidays for a child?

As in the past, there are several ways in which you can participate:

  • Sponsor a child – Choose a child’s wishlist (available on this page on November 2nd, 2020) and purchase some or all of the items she or he has selected. Donors typically spend $75-175 per wishlist. We also ask that you consider a monetary gift of $25 per list for the associated costs of gathering, wrapping, and distributing gifts to the children
  • Make a cash, check, or credit card donation online at chsnc.org/donate so that our children’s unmet wishes or needs may be fulfilled
  • Purchase gift cards (preferably Visa, Target, Walmart, or general retailer) so that a parent or child may select the perfect gift
  • Ask family, friends, and colleagues to join you in sponsoring children’s wishlists
  • Ask your employer if they would match your contribution

Wishlists will be available beginning on November 2nd. If you would like to know when the wishlists are available, you can click here so that we may notify you. Once fulfilled, return the new, unwrapped gifts to your local CHS office.

How can my company participate?

Looking for a way to engage your employees and build team morale? You and your team can select multiple children to sponsor from the CHS Hope for the Holiday website – shopping together can be a fun and meaningful team-building exercise. Or, hold a drive for the items most needed by our children and families. Your company may also choose to match the value of the gifts their employees provide and thereby double the impact of each gift. By coming together as a team, employees will share the joy of bringing holiday cheer to children.

What if I can’t fulfill a whole wishlist?

If you are unable to fill a child’s wishlist, Children’s Home Society is also accepting new, general items. We provide gifts to children of all ages.  A variety of items in different colors and sizes – from infant to adult XL – are always welcomed. We ask you to keep the following in mind:

  • Stuffed animals and blankets need to be in original packaging
  • No gently-used items
  • Any clothing needs to be new with tags

Suggested items include:

  • Diapers, Pull-Ups, and/or Wipes
  • Baby Care Items
  • Convertible Car Seats
  • Booster Seats
  • Books (for all age ranges)
  • Shoes (all sizes & genders)

  • Coats
  • Dolls (all ethnicities)
  • Legos
  • Tablets (Any Brand and Age Range)
  • Infant/Toddler Educational toys

Mark your calendars

Gifts may be dropped off at your local CHS office beginning November 16-20 and November 30-December 4. If you would like to share the information with your friends, family, or in your workplace, you can download the PDF below.

Charlotte Office

Greensboro Office

Raleigh Office

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when will I receive a child’s wishlist?

New this year, you will have the opportunity to select a child/children to sponsor online. Choose one or more children, from our Hope for the Holidays webpage, whose wishlist you would like to fulfill by purchasing some or all of the items they have selected.  Donors typically spend $75-175 per wishlist. We also ask that you consider a monetary gift of $25 per list for the associated costs of gathering, wrapping, and distributing gifts to the children.

Lists will be available on November 2, 2020.

When and where do I drop off the items?

Gift drop off runs November 16-20 and November 30-December 4. Drop off will be contactless and require you to sign up for a timeslot. Click below to sign up for a drop off time.

Sign up for a time

Sign up for a time

Sign up for a time

What if I can’t find a specific item on a child’s wishlist?

Sometimes, items are hard to find.  If you cannot locate a specific item, we suggest finding a similar item or focusing on other items on the wishlist.

Do I need to purchase all the items on the wishlist?

It is not necessary to purchase all items on the wishlist, but we do ask that the identified amount is spent per child.

Can I purchase gift cards?

Gift cards are always welcome, especially for teenagers.

Can I shop on Amazon?

Yes! If you do shop online and have it shipped, we ask that you make sure the child’s ID is on the shipping label so we can match the gift appropriately.

1700 Fountain View St, Charlotte, NC 28203

604 Meadow St, Greensboro, NC 27405

7701 Six Forks Rd, Suite 120, Raleigh, NC 27615

Can I host a gift-giving holiday party?

We’d love it if you would! Please contact Celena Velez at cvelez@chsnc.org to get more information about the process.

What if I cannot get to the office for drop off during the dates identified or 9 am -5 pm?

Please call the regional office or send an email if you run into challenges regarding drop off times and dates.

Do I wrap the gifts?

No, we ask that all gifts be new, unwrapped items.

Questions?  Call (800) 632-1400 or email your regional office.