Christmas Gift Sponsorship Program
Since 2014, we have been coordinating a Christmas Gift Sponsorship Program to help the children in School District 303 receive gifts from wish lists that each family personally creates. We work directly with D303 social workers who identify families who may be experiencing any of the following factors that may impact the parents’ ability to provide gifts during the holiday season:
- Single parent
- Illness or death in the immediate family
- Loss of income or low-income
- Home destroyed by fire
- Other circumstances determined at the discretion of the social worker.
The parents provide D303 social workers with “wish lists” and are comprised of a few toy ideas as well as clothing and shoe sizes. Many of these lists include basic items like coats, warm clothing, winter boots and gloves. Big Hearts of Fox Valley reaches out to the community to find shoppers to buy gifts from the wish lists. When shopping for a child(who remains anonymous), we ask that you purchase at least 5 items from their wish list. Since this, in many cases, will be the only gifts they receive you can expect to spend around $75 for each child.
Our program is different from many other holiday assistance programs because the sponsor has the chance to feel a special connection with their “adopted” child as the sponsor receives a personalized wish list for the child.
We encourage individuals, families, neighborhoods, PTOs, businesses, teams, churches and other local organizations to partner with us to help us achieve our goal. We hope you will join us in our efforts to make the lives of the children around us a little brighter.
Parents and guardians in need…
If you’re wondering how you will be able to provide Christmas gifts for your children because of financial difficulties you may be having, we may be able to help. This program is intended to provide Christmas gifts to children 18 and under living within the boundaries of School District 303.
- You must have at least 1 child enrolled in School District 303.
- You must be experiencing a financial hardship which makes buying Christmas gifts for your children difficult.
- Children receiving gifts must be 18 and under living with you within the boundaries of D303.
PARENTS WITH CHILDREN IN D303:
August -You will be able to SIGN UP for the program by filling out the Parent/Guardian Resource Form found in your online D303 school newsletter.
August -Deadline to sign up is 8-26-22.
September -If you are accepted into the program, you will be sent a link to OPT IN to the program, in addition to a link to fill out a wish list for each child.
October 10th -Deadline to fill out wish list(s).
November 29th -Pick up gifts during our Santa’s drive-thru pick up.
*If you missed the deadline to receive items for Christmas from our CHRISTMAS SPONORSHIP program, we still may be able to help. Reach out to your school social worker to see if you qualify for a referral to receive toys from our TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS program.