Ways to Help
THE PRESENT PANTRY
We are in need of unused toys and children's items to expand our Present Pantry, which is a collection of items utilized for children who are added to Holiday Helpers outreach too late to submit their wish list and to be assigned to a generous family. Our goal is to fill The Present Pantry with a robust variety of gifts to allow social workers to pick out a few items for these additional children.
Donations will be collected throughout the year at the following drop off times:
- Fall Festival
- Holiday Helper drop off (December Sutton 6th grade campus)
IDEA: Donate unwanted and unused birthday or holiday gifts to eliminate your clutter. Items that your child may not want or need may be perfect for a Holiday Helper child!
GIFT CARD DONATIONS
In an effort to buy last minute gifts, unspecified or hard to find items and provide flexibility in item selection for our Holiday Helpers we are collecting gift cards in any denomination from stores such as...
- Toys R Us
LETTERS FOR OUR OVERSEAS TROOPS
Students create special, hand-made cards thanking soldiers stationed or deployed outside the United States on Thanksgiving Day. More information including pick up dates will be provided by your child's teacher in the fall.
WINTER COAT DRIVE
Atlanta winters can be brutal and many children throughout the metro area do not have a proper coat to stay warm. Often times these coats can be their only form of warm for the season.
We are collecting new and gently-used winter coats for both boys and girls in all sizes at the following times:
- Fall Festival
- Holiday Helper drop off (December)
IDEA: As your children out grow their coats each year, put aside their old coats for donation.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP COLLECT / DISTRIBUTE DONATIONS
We are in need of helping hands to help collect, organize and distribute our Holiday Helper gifts. It takes a village to make sure that each gift makes it to the child in need and we appreciate participation from all that are able to help.
Volunteer Opportunities include...
- Collection of gifts, gift cards letters or coats throughout the school year
- Delivery: delivery bundled gifts to social workers at their designated school throughout the metro Atlanta area.
- Pick Up: help bundle collected items and load them into the car of the social workers as they arrive.
For over 9 years Jackson families have helped make the holiday season a little brighter for children in need within our own Atlanta Public School system. By partnering with the school district’s social workers, our families purchase holiday gifts for over 400 children. Please consider doing what you can to help spread joy this holiday season. If you are interested in participating, please visit the Holiday Helpers page.