Make a child's wish come true during the holiday season. The Holiday Helper program annually provides gifts and parties for over 250 children in the local community.
Volunteers can choose one or multiple children from one of our four partner local agencies and purchase gifts based on that child's top three wants and needs (valuing approximately $50). Unwrapped gifts are returned to the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning by November 26, 2018 and then they will be wrapped and given to the children.
Sponsorship will begin November 2, 2018.
Holiday Helper Parties
Holiday Helper Parties are held to interact with children in the community and to distribute the gifts collected through Holiday Helper. Parties will be held at four local community agencies in Bloomington-Normal: Boys and Girls Club , Center for Youth and Family Solutions, UNITY Community Center, and Western Avenue Community Center. One hundred volunteers are needed for the parties to help children with a variety of activities, such as games, sports, and arts and crafts. This year's Holiday Helper parties will occur December 3 - 8, 2018.
Registration for party volunteers will be available later this semester.
Wrap and Pack
Once we have all of the gifts, we need to wrap them! Volunteers help wrap the gifts donated through Holiday Helper. Supplies for wrapping will be provided. Wrapping will take place November 29 and 30.
Registration for Wrap and Pack will be available later this semester.