Celebrating 30 years of serving the community...
2021 - Renewing our commitment
To our wonderful sponsors and supporters,
We did it! We relaunched Christmas is for Children to celebrate 30 years of serving children in need. We are so pleased to report that we nearly doubled our original goal of helping 500 children this year and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our many sponsors and volunteers.
The bustling sounds of Christmas is for Children were all around in December - the sound of gifts being wrapped and bags being loaded into cars and trucks, the sound of happy sponsors and the messages of thanks from agency coordinators as gift bags were delivered to our 18 agency partners.
Here is what we heard from some of you:
"It made me feel warm inside knowing that I could help someone who normally wouldn't be able to get gifts for the holidays. “ from a student sponsor at a local elementary school
"We could do more next year” - from a giving tree coordinator at gift drop off
“My clients love doing this - be in touch for next year” from a salon owner who organized sponsorship for nearly 100 children
“This is the best part of the holidays” - from many of our individual sponsors
Together with your support in organizing our giving trees, shopping for gifts and donating funds to support our work, we were able to serve 940 children this year - and donated nearly 2000 pounds of food to the Food Bank - just amazing. We imagine the joyful sounds as the children receive their gifts and celebrate the holidays and we celebrate each of you for your generous spirit of giving. As one agency director said, "You made Christmas possible for so many families. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten."
We will be back in touch in September to start again. Happy New Year to all -
“May the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the year” Anonymous
Who We Are
Christmas is for Children is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing children with the love, care, and joy that comprises the spirit of the holidays. We partner with many organizations and individuals who contribute gifts, food, funds, or time.
In 1991, two social workers answered letters to Santa Claus (found in the New York City post office) from the children of four needy families, making their Christmas wishes come true. Since then, Christmas is for Children has supported tens of thousands of underprivileged children dealing with poverty, AIDS, domestic violence and substance-abusing parents.
How Our Program Works
Various organizations throughout the area help us identify families who otherwise would not have a holiday celebration and help their children complete wish lists with three gifts: something each child wants, something he or she needs and something educational. Supporters “sponsor” a child by shopping for items specified on the wish lists and delivering wrapped and tagged gifts to one of several prearranged drop-off sites in early December.
Over the years, the program has expanded to include food donations for the entire family. See food drive page for more information.
What makes Christmas is for Children unique is our approach to bestowing charity so that our beneficiaries retain their dignity and witness the true spirit of Christmas and the very best of humanity.