How to Donate Christmas Gifts to Children


Donating Christmas gifts to children in need is a great way to spread holiday cheer. You can do so easily through a gift-giving program sponsored by a school, church or nonprofit organization.

  • Donate through a school or a library that has a gift tree. Gifts trees include paper ornaments that list the age and gender of children who need Christmas gifts.

  • Choose a family in need. For example, if a neighbor's home was destroyed by fire, the children may have nothing except for the clothes on their backs. Often there is a fund set up where you can donate money, goods or gifts for the family.

  • Go through a church. Churches often donate Christmas gifts to children in need as they are typically aware of which families in the community can use the extra help. Call your local church to see if they are collecting toys or, if possible, if they can direct you toward a family that you can provide gifts for anonymously.

  • Donate to a hospital. Many hospitals collect toys to distribute to sick children, especially around Christmas.

  • Support a cause or organization that is important to you. For example, if you are a former Marine, donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Many civic or nonprofit organizations collect toys for children in need around the holidays.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before donating, make sure the organization accepts gifts that are wrapped. Some may only accept gifts that they can see and evaluate first before distributing.
  • Be mindful of where you store gifts for children. Some children are very allergic to cigarette smoke or pet dander, which can cause health problems. Buy the gifts new, and give them immediately, if possible.
  • Make sure that the organization is legitimate before donating any gifts.

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