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With the support of local families, parishes, schools, and businesses, Celebration of Giving has been bringing joy and hope to families who might otherwise not be able to celebrate the holiday season for over 70 years. Last year, Catholic Charities was able to distribute gifts, toys and necessities to more than 25,000 children and families thanks to the generosity of people like you!
 How You Can Help

Toy Donations

•Host a toy drive in your office, church, school, or neighborhood to collect new, unwrapped toys.

•Donate toys online by going to our wish list at Building Blocks, Amazon, Target, or Walmart. Order from the list and the toys will ship directly to our Workshop.

Sponsor-a-Family

• Sponsor a family in need by buying gifts that fulfill their basic needs and wishes. Family sponsorship packages include age, gender, ethnicity, and a wish list. We request that you spend $50-75 per family member to make their holiday wishes come true.

•Host a sponsor-a-family drive to collect gifts for multiple families in need. A great way for groups to give back to your community.

SPONSOR A PROGRAM

• Sponsor the children in a Catholic Charities Program. We’ll send you first names, genders, and ages of the children you sponsor.

•You also have the option to host a Christmas party with the children in the program you sponsor – a great way to celebrate the holidays with your coworkers, students, or parishioners!

Volunteer

•Already hosting a toy drive or sponsoring families, and want to get more involved? Help sort toys and package gifts at Santa’s Workshop!

SHOPPING SPREE

•Sponsor a shopping trip to help us start this year’s Celebration of Giving with a Workshop full of toys to deliver to kids. We provide the wish list, and you provide the funds and shoppers! This is a fun team building opportunity for your business!


For more information about any of these ways of getting involved, please contact the
Celebration of Giving Team at cog@catholiccharities.net
 Sponsor Drop-off
Drop-off Locations
Nov.26 - Dec.12

Drop-off Weekend Events

December 1 9am-2pm
Incarnation Catholic Parish (Palos Heights) 5757 W 127th St (708) 597-3180

December 1 10am-2pm
Chicago:
Catholic Charities 721 N LaSalle St (312) 655-7401
St. Gall 5533 S Sawyer Ave (773) 349-8835

Suburbs:
Blue Island 12731 S. Wood St. (708) 333-8379
Cicero 1400 S Austin Blvd (708) 222-1491
Des Plaines 1717 Rand Rd (847) 376-2100

Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm
Catholic Charities 721 N. LaSalle St (312) 655-7401

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm

Chicago:
St. Gall 5533 S Sawyer Ave (773) 349-8835

Suburbs:
Blue Island 12731 S. Wood St. (708) 333-8379
Cicero 1400 S Austin Blvd (708) 222-1491
Des Plaines 1717 Rand Rd (847) 376-2100
Waukegan Call for drop-off (847) 782-4210

 Lake County

Lake County Christmas Gift Program Searching for Distribution Center

This Christmas, thousands of people are counting on Catholic Charities to help make Christmas wishes come true. Every year, more than 14,000 children and their families are blessed by the generosity of residents, businesses, community groups, and parishes who provide gifts and necessities during the holiday season. The Catholic Charities Christmas Gift program, a beloved tradition in the Lake County area, is now in search of a donated warehouse from which to operate the distribution operation. The program needs a donated warehouse space of approximately 50,000 square feet in the Waukegan area. Catholic Charities will pay the utilities cost and insurance and will assume liability. The distribution phase runs from November 15 through December 31.

For more information on donating a warehouse space, contact Jim Wogan at jwogan@catholiccharities.net or (847) 782-4210.

Donate Gifts for Lake County Families

Can you help provide gifts specifically for Lake County families in need? If you or your organization can participate, please fill out our Donor Information Response Form.
 Online Ordering

HELP SPREAD THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS TO KIDS IN NEED!

Help make a child’s holiday brighter by purchasing a toy from one of our wish lists! Order online and your gift will be shipped directly to our Workshop.

Click to purchase toys or home goods from our wish lists at:

                                      

                                                  


Don’t forget to include your contact information on your gift receipt so we can send you a thank you!

For more information about online ordering or other ways of getting involved, please contact the
Celebration of Giving Team at cog@catholiccharities.net or 312-655-7401.

 Gift Cards

HELP SPREAD JOY TO TEENS IN NEED!

The #1 gift request from teenagers is Gift Cards! Help make a teen’s holiday brighter by purchasing a gift card from one our registries and your gift will be shipped right to our Workshop.

Click to purchase gift cards from our Target registry or Walmart registry  (Please, no e-gift cards.)

Don’t forget to include your contact information on your gift receipt so we can send you a thank you!

You can also purchase a gift card at a retail store and send it to:

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Celebration of Giving
c/o Marie Jochum
721 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654

For more information about gift card donations or other ways of getting involved, please contact the
Celebration of Giving Team at cog@catholiccharities.net or 312-655-7401.

 Donate

DONATE TO CELEBRATION OF GIVING 2018


Your support will make Christmas wishes come true for more than 25,000 local children and families who might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays!

Now in its 71st year, Catholic Charities annual Celebration of Giving collects holiday gifts for children and families served by Catholic Charities' wide array of programs.

The mission of the program is to specifically provide our clients – both children and families – who are in need of assistance at the holidays with new toys, clothing and necessary household items through the collection of donations from individuals, corporations, parishes, and other organizations.

Your financial support assists Catholic Charities with the costs of distributing gifts and makes this program possible!

If you would like your donation to go toward purchasing toys, please write “For toys” in the Leave a Comment box.

For more information about the program or how to Donate Toys, Sponsor-a-Family, provide Financial Support, and Volunteer, please call our Hotline (312) 655-7401, email COG@catholiccharities.net