We are making it a holiday tradition in our family to purchase gifts for a child or family in need every year. It’s something I’ve done since I was little and want to continue that spirit of giving with my own children. In Stamford, there are several ways to give to children this year. Many options are digital and organizations are asking for donations online rather than giving in person because of the pandemic. But, this year more than ever families in our area are looking for reasons to smile!

Scroll down for a list of organizations accepting donations and how to give.

Kids Helping Kids

Drop off donation items at Extra Space Storage, 300 Stillwater Avenue between now and December 4!

Collecting:
For Kids: Toys, games, sports, equipment, arts & crafts, etc.
For Adults: Jewelry, accessories, household items, wallets, etc.

Click here for more information.

Building One Community

Order items from the Amazon wishlist here to be shipped directly to Building One Community. Gift cards are also accepted for children’s clothing stores.

Friday, December 4 is the deadline. Drop off or ship to, 72 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT 06902.

Toys for Tots Donation

Drop off items for Toys for Tots in the collection box at Designs by Lee!

Family Centers Holiday Drive

Text FESTIVITY to 41444 to help raise funds to purchase gift cards for this affected by COVID-19.

Person-to-Person Holiday Toy Drive

Donate to the holiday toy drive online, here.

2020 St. Leo Christmas Giving Gift Card Drive

GIFT CARDS NEEDED – suggested $25 each gift card  
GROCERY: Stop & Shop, Shop Rite:  For specific families who have been identified as in need for food
RETAIL: Target, Walmart, CVS:  For children, seniors, health and well-being agencies
ONLINE: Amazon:  For children, seniors, health and well-being agencies
DROP OFF GIFT CARDS: November 1 through November 29, 2020

EASY WAYS TO RETURN ALL GIFT CARDS:
1. In the secure drop-off box located (offertory gift box) in the St. Leo vestibule. They will be picked up through November 29, 2020. The church is open during scheduled mass times.
2. Mail to St Leo Parish Rectory 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902
3. If you are unable to get out a member from the Christmas Giving Committee will pick it up from your mailbox.  Contact RGHOF@aol.com to arrange.

Agencies supported in 2020: 
* Childcare Learning Centers
* CLC Lathon Wider Daycare
* Silver Source (formerly Senior Services of Stamford)
* The Villa of Stamford (formerly Smith House)
* Laurel House
* Domestic Violence
* Roscco (before and after school childcare)

More information available here.

Salvation Army Stamford

Join the Rescue Christmas Auction, November 29, 4:00 p.m. – December 5, 6:00 p.m.
Register here.

Donate to the Stamford Virtual Red Kettle.
Donate here.

Purchase gifts for the Angel Tree virtually.
Shop here.

 Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Donate to your local Marine Toys for Tots Campaign here!

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