One of the very rewarding ways to give back during the holiday season is to sponsor a family or child in need. The following organizations allow for this opportunity through giving programs that involve you purchasing the gifts that they will deliver on your behalf. Watch the deadlines, though! They need time to collect and distribute. If you can't make the deadline, they are always happy to receive monetary donations.
The Lenape Valley Foundtion offers a holiday assistance program to help Bucks County community members who are in financial need during the holiday season. Companies, organizations and individuals are invited to help by "adopting" families and /or individuals in order to offer them some joy over the holidays. Once a company/individual agrees to "adopt," they will be provided the first name and last initial of the individual along with their "wish list" of holiday gifts. By shopping for and purchasing gifts for these individuals, you will be doing a great service to members of our community. Please plan to deliver your gifts no later than November 30, 2021. Gift drop-off information will be provided.
We all know how stressful this time of year can be, but when you care for a seriously ill, injured or disabled child, the extra expenses involved make it very difficult to provide a warm, enchanted holiday you dream of for your children. The families reached through the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program have children who are suffering from a variety of conditions including cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, severe disabilities or serious injuries. These families are under immense financial strain and are brought to their attention by social work departments in hospitals and social service agencies. This year, in continuing to promote the health and safety of our families, sponsors, health care professionals and staff, we are asking most sponsors to provide giftcards. Please have all gift cards in by NOVEMBER 19, 2021. This will ensure that there will be enough time for families and social workers.
Help local in-need children by adopting them into your hearts this holiday season. Wish lists are obtained from the New Hope-Solebury School district along with local organizations such as Fisherman's Mark, a private social service agency in Lambertville, NJ. This year they have added some Super Seniors who are local seniors-in-need whose wish lists are also obtained through Fisherman's Mark. The wish lists come from children and seniors who don't have very much, and they really need your help. You will be provided with their essential information such as age, clothing sizes, hobbies, and interests, as well as their ultimate wish. You do the shopping and the Key Club will deliver the gifts! The estimated cost of each child's wish list is about $150 and $75 for a Super Senior. See website for gift drop off day.
This program matches impoverished families throughout NJ with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Sponsors come in many shapes and sizes. They can be individuals, families, small businesses or large corporations. In many of the larger corporations, different departments often each adopt a family. Many sponsors find the experience so fulfilling that they participate in the program year after year.
This annual program runs from November 15 through December 17, 2021. The Giving Tree will be in the lobby of the Hatfield Building, located at 1950 School Road. Gift tags on the tree are labeled with an age, gender, and gift request from a local child in need. People are encouraged to stop by during regular business hours to select a tag from the tree, and purchase the item(s) on the tag. They can then bring the new and unwrapped item(s) to the Township building before December 17, 2021. For more information, check out the website at www.hatfield.org or call the township at 215-855-0900
This Montgomery County food pantry collects gift cards for local families in need. Their clients list stores they would like to shop at for each of their children so that their parents/grandparents/caregivers can purchase the exact items their children want this holiday season. They are also in need of wrapping paper, tape and scissors to donate to the families. All donated items will need to be dropped off at the cupboard (150 N. Main Street, Ambler, PA 19002) as soon as you can or by Friday, December 3, 2021 at the latest. Please click here for gift card details or call the cupboard at 215-628-3002 for more information. Thank you so much for helping us make the holiday season a little easier for our families this year.
They also distribute full Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and are collecting items for that program. Details can be found on the website.
Each year, the United Way of Bucks County collects donations specifically to purchase gift cards to support older kids and teens (ages 11-17) in need this holiday season. This annual holiday gift card drive, which runs now through December 18, 2021, provides a gift for kids who would otherwise receive nothing. In 2020, 1,804 older kids and teens received gift cards through the Holiday Gift Card Drive. If you want to make a difference for a child in need, click here to make a donation now. A lot of help is needed to make sure that none of these kids are left out.
Holiday Hands provides holiday gifts to thousands of Hunterdon County low to moderate income families, elderly residents, and individuals with special needs. To do this, we reach out to these individuals in our community and ask them what they most need and wish for. We then create shopping lists that are available through our website for local purchasing, or via wish lists on Amazon and Walmart for online shoppers. We encourage local shopping whenever it is an option for our donors. All purchased items are sent to our Volunteer Center which is transformed into a holiday store where clients can shop and select items for themselves and their family, allowing the dignity of choice. We also offer vouchers to Habitat for Humanity ReStores in our area. Generic and store-based gift cards are also accepted, with our most frequent requests coming from retailers such as Walmart, ShopRite, Kohl's, and VISA gift cards usable at any retailer. We also accept and encourage donations of new and unwrapped toys and household goods to add to our holiday store. Please note that we aim to provide $50 in support per person. If purchasing gift cards, denominations of $25 and $50 are most useful.
The Pennridge FISH Organization is grateful to receive donations from the community, churches, school and scouting groups, businesses and organizations for its annual Christmas program. Each year we serve more than 300 families with the fixings for a Christmas meal, including chicken, ham or turkey, and a dessert. We serve more than 400 children ages 0-15 with new, unwrapped toys/gifts and/or gift cards, hats, scarves and gloves. We are looking for Walmart or Target gift cards in the denominations of $25. Please mail or hand deliver gift card donations to FISH no later than December 12, 2021 (the earlier the better). If you would like to donate to our Christmas program (food, money or gift cards), please note that donations should be dropped off at the pantry during our hours of operation: Mon and Wed 3-5 pm, Thurs 6-8 pm, Fri and Sat 9-11 am.
Year round, thousands of individuals and families turn to Family Service for help with a variety of needs. During the holiday season, needs are greater and these same people turn to Family Service to help make their holidays a little brighter. Family Service accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children and teens. In December, they will display all of the gifts donated by the community and invite individuals with demonstrated need to "shop" for each child and teen within their family. Besides dropping off unwrapped gifts, you can also make a monetary donation and volunteers will shop, or shop online and gifts will be mailed directly to Family Service (click here for details).
All gifts must be received at Family Service's Langhorne office (located at 4 Cornerstone Drive) on or before December 10, 2021. Your generosity will help us provide a joyful holiday for many Bucks County residents. Thank you for your support!
Between Friends Outreach, Inc.(BFO) is a 100% volunteer, faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) agency working with homeless, low income & Veterans in our community. They work one-on-one with clients in Bucks and Montgomery County by providing resources to prevent homelessness and to assist clients transitioning out of homelessness. During the holidays, they also supply hundreds of local children with Christmas gifts. "Angel Tags" list a child and what they'd like for Christmas. Angel Trees are located at participating businesses throughout the area. A list of participating businesses can be found on their Facebook page. Gifts need to be dropped off by December 13, 2021 to get them ready in time for the holiday. For more info, call 267-875-9460 or email BFOfundraising@gmail.com.
The Hope for the Holidays program is designed to give parents in the North Penn region a dignified opportunity to purchase gifts they feel most appropriate for their children. Manna will distribute gift cards to parents - $75 for each child participating in the program. This year, due to COVID-19, we are asking for monetary donations only. Donations exceeding the Hope for the Holidays need will be directed to our year-round programs. Your cooperation and consideration is appreciated as this program enables us to best serve our clients and allow our staff to focus on our core mission of ending hunger in the North Penn region. In 2020, with your help, we provided gift cards to 402 children in 168 families.
As a community-based nonprofit serving Bucks and Montgomery counties, Keystone Opportunity Center helps community members in need by offering a comprehensive array of social services that educate, encourage and empower them to become self-sufficient. Donating $25 gift cards allows families to have a special holiday experience by shopping for gifts that truly fit their family's needs. It allows the dignity of doing their own gift shopping. We ask that gift cards for the Holiday Sharing Program are Visa, MasterCard or Walmart, as these are most convenient for our families. These should be dropped off at the Center in Souderton on Mondays in November.
During the holiday season, Boyertown Area-Multi-Service works extremely hard to make sure that local families who are struggling will still be able to enjoy the holidays. The holiday season is normally a joyous season filled with family and friends, delicious goodies and special gifts for loved ones. Unfortunately, many local families are unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Our Case Management Program assists client families with Christmas for their children. If you are interested in sponsoring a child through our Christmas Giving Program, please call! All individuals sponsoring a child will receive a personalized wish list for a child and a letter explaining drop off dates and other program details.
The R.J. Leonard Foundation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that provides a Fellowship program for young adults aging out of the foster care system in Bucks County and Montgomery County. They aim to supply these at-risk youth with tools that will give them the same opportunities as their more fortunate peers. For many people, exchanging gifts with family members is an important part of the holiday season. For these Fellows, however, this tradition is complicated. They lack the family structures and support systems so many of us take for granted. These remarkable young people are hard at work building self-sufficient lives and they too deserve to enjoy the holidays. This year, to help them celebrate the season, the Foundation asked their Fellows to prepare Amazon wish lists for themselves and their children. Please join us in helping these Fellows celebrate the holiday season.