Hope for the Holidays

Help Make a Child’s Holiday Merry and Bright

Sponsor a Child Today Donate to Hope for the Holidays

For Maria, a sweet seven-year-old in Children’s Home Society’s foster care program, last year’s holiday season was full of uncertainty. You see, Maria had just joined her CHS-licensed foster family. When she arrived, she had only the clothes she was wearing and a small, tattered toy tiger.

When Christmas morning arrived, Maria awoke to clothes, books, games, and even a bicycle. Those gifts and that joyous morning were because of donors like you who volunteered to take a wish list through the Children’s Home Society’s Hope for the Holidays gift drive. Gifts to children like Maria mean even more than a happy morning of present opening – it is a sense of normalcy and a sense of belonging – a glimmer of hope for what may lie ahead.

More than 1,000 children are hoping that their wish lists will be filled – a number that has increased dramatically over the past year – and we need help from heroes like you.

There are several ways to sponsor a child:

  • Purchase items from a child’s personal wish list
  • Donate and volunteers will shop for you
  • Purchase gift cards (like Visa, Target, Walmart or other general retailer) to help fulfill a child’s personal wish list
  • Ask a friend, co-worker or family member to sponsor a wish list
  • Make a gift to support children and families year-round through the CHS Little Red Stocking Fund

We suggest the following gift amounts, based upon the child’s age:

  • Infants (0-2)                $100
  • Preschoolers (3-5)           $150
  • Elementary (6-12)           $175
  • Teenagers (13-21)           $200

Will you brighten a child’s holiday this year? If so, please complete the online sponsor form below by October 26.

Sponsor a Child Today Donate to Hope for the Holidays

Donate Generic Gifts

If you are unable to fill a child’s wish list, Children’s Home Society is also accepting new, unwrapped 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 needed.

Suggested items include:

  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Pull Ups
  • Wipes
  • Baby Care Items
  • Convertible Car Seats (Cosco Scenara)
  • Booster Seats
  • $25 gift cards (Walmart/Target)
  • Tablets (Any Brand and Age Range)
  • Leap Pad
  • Leap Pad games
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DS games
  • Games for Playstation/Nintendo/Xbox
  • Headphones
  • Infant/Toddler Educational toys
  • Books (for all age ranges)
  • Legos
  • Baby Monitors
  • Cribs/Bassinets/Pack N Play
  • Crib Mattresses
  • Shoes (all sizes & genders)
  • IPod
  • MP3
  • Car/trucks
  • Coats
  • Snow boots
  • Dolls (all ethnicities)

Mark your calendars

Gifts may be dropped off at your local CHS office beginning Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 5. If you would like to share the information with your friends, family or in your workplace, you can download the PDF below.

Hope for the Holidays Flyer

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive a child’s wish list?

CHS staff and volunteers work as quickly as possible to pair you with a child – or children’s! – wish list.  All wish lists will be sent out by November 15.

When and where do I drop of the items?

Gift drop off begins on Monday, December 3 – Wednesday, December 5 at your regional office.  CHS office hours are 8:30am – 5:00pm.

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

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 wish list.

Do I need to purchase all the items on the wish list?
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 welcomed especially for teenagers.

What if I cannot get to the office for drop off during the dates identified or 8:30-5:00?
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.


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