Holiday Gift Project

Holiday Gift Project

You can make this the merriest season of all! Your gifts send a message of care and support  to children in need this holiday season. Donate a gift or sponsor a child’s wish list.

With involvement from community partners like you,  children and teens being cared for by Center For Family Services  will receive brand new holiday gifts. 

This year we have more than 300 kids waking up in our care (in one of our 20 homes from Camden to Cape May) until they can be reunited with family or another safe living situation.  Your donations will provide gifts for these children to open this holiday season. Your gifts send an important message of support to each of these boys and girls.

Our Holiday Giving Portal is now closed. There are still children and teens in need of sponsorship available and many more that will be entering our care over the next few weeks. If you're still interested in supporting, please make a monetary donation online and our staff will shop for gifts for these youth. 


   Make a Monetary Donation    

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Ways to Give

Sponsor a Child‘s Wish List

Our online Holiday Gift Portal will open on November 1st 2020. The Holiday Gift Portal will give you the chance to sponsor local children in our care. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring children living at one of our 20 homes (located across South Jersey) please email us to learn more about this opportunity.

Please note: We make every effort to match your gifts with the child you sponsored. Our top priority is to ensure every child living in our homes receives gifts. Therefore, there are times when gifts need to be sorted in order to ensure every child receives gifts.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards are a great way to make the holidays brighter for the teens and families served by Center For Family Services. Gift card donations give teens in our safe housing programs the opportunity to shop for their own clothing - which boosts self-esteem - or to participate in activities like movies, bowling, and food outings - which helps to open doors to new opportunities and helps to create positive memories.

Please deliver or mail all gift cards to:

Center For Family Services
Attn: Development Dept.
One Alpha Avenue
Voorhees, NJ 08043


Need help figuring out what to purchase? Check out our list of most needed/most wanted items.

  • New winter coats (newborn - adult 3XL)
  • Hoodies (youth large - adult 3XL)
  • Pajamas (newborn - adult 3XL)
  • Clothing (youth large - adult 3XL
  • Gift cards (Best Buy, Target, Old Navy, Walmart, ShopRite, Footlocker)
  • Movie theater passes (AMC preferred)
  • Books (newborn - young adult)
  • Educational toys
  • Sports Equipment (NFL footballs, NBA basketballs)
  • Socks 
  • Earphones & earbuds
  • Toiletry cases filled with bath & body products (Dove, Axe, and Suave brands)
  • Twin Sheets
  • Comforters
  • Bath Towels

*We can only accept new items  *Please provide gifts unwrapped

Monetary Donations

No time to shop? Can't decide what to buy? Make an online donation to Center For Family Services. With your gift designated to the Holiday Gift Project, we will shop for items most needed for the teens in our safe housing programs. Donate Online.

Volunteer Needs

Volunteer help is needed from individuals and corporate groups to sort and pack gifts from December 14th-17th. We ask volunteers to bring new gifts to help ensure there are enough gifts for all the kids on our lists. Please see the most needed gift items list. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please email us. You can bring gift items on your volunteer day.

Annual Corporate Sponsorship

Interested in combining your company's investment in Center For Family Services? Through our Annual Corporate Sponsorship you can make a yearly investment in Center For Family Services and receive recognition at our events and community drives year-round including our Holiday Gift Project.  Your investment will create opportunities for people in our community to heal and prosper. To learn more email Liz  or call 856.651.7502.

Drop Off Locations

Donations can be dropped off to any of the following sites from now through December 13th:

A special thank you to our community partners:




Frequently Asked Questions

Who receives the holiday gifts?
The items donated to Center For Family Services Holiday Gift Project are given to children and families who are currently being served by Center For Family Services. Visit the Services section of our website to learn more about the types of services we provide.

Are there any opportunities to volunteer at the gift sorting center or at the programs?
Yes, we are in need of individuals and groups to volunteer to sort gifts and fulfill wish lists from Saturday, December 14th-Tuesday, December 17th. We are not able to accommodate individual requests to volunteer in our programs during the holidays. We also cannot allow volunteers to take children home with them for the holidays. All of our volunteers who interact directly with the children must first attend an orientation session and go through a thorough screening process.To volunteer, email Annie.

Should I wrap the present(s) I buy?
No, please provide all gifts unwrapped. If we receive wrapped gifts, we will need to unwrap them in order to be sure what each child is receiving and that it is age or size or developmentally appropriate. However, gifts of wrapping paper are always appreciated!

What kinds of items are needed most? Which age group?
We welcomes gifts for children of all ages, however our greatest need is gifts for teen boys and girls. We cannot accept any video games rated MA/AO or any toy weapons. See our General Wish List items for more suggestions.

What if I am not able to deliver a gift?
If you are not able to deliver a gift to one of our drop-off sites, then please consider purchasing a gift card for stores such as Target, Walmart, or a local mall where older kids and families can get a wide variety of goods. ShopRite gift cards also make great gifts. Gift cards can be mailed to us at Center For Family Services, One Alpha Avenue, Voorhees, NJ 08043 to the attention of Development/Public Relations.

Can I meet the kids or deliver my gift(s) directly to them?
We are not able to provide donors the opportunity to deliver gifts directly to our children in order to protect the safety and confidentiality of the children in our care. Some of our children have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. The holidays can be a very difficult time of year, and our trained staff are prepared to provide the best possible care. Holiday activities take place in all of our caring homes and your gifts will send a message of care and support to the children in our care. 

Will I get a personal thank you for my gift? 
Due to privacy concerns of the children and families in our care, you will not receive a personal thank you from a child/family. All donors will receive a thank you letter from Center For Family Services.  All gifts go to a children and families served by one of our programs. If you complete a Donation Receipt Form and mail it to One Alpha Avenue, Voorhees NJ 08043, you will receive a general thank you from Center For Family Services.

What is the difference between the General Wish List and the Children's Wish Lists?
The Children's Wish Lists are specific wishes for children or teens. The General Wish List is a list of general ideas for what our kids, families and programs need and want. One of the main reasons for this general list is that several of our community-based programs have such a large clientele that it's impossible for them to create individualized lists for each child in their care; instead, they choose gifts from the items that are not designated for specific kids.

If I "sponsor" a child, is there a guarantee the child will receive all the gifts I purchase for him/her? 
We make every effort to match gifts with the child sponsored. However, our top priority is to ensure every child living in our 20 homes receives gifts. Therefore, there are times when we need to sort/redistribute gifts in order to ensure every child receives gifts.

Do the kids write their own wish lists?
Depending on the child's situation, some lists have been put together through teams of counselors, social workers and/or parents, taking into consideration the interests and needs of the child. If appropriate, the child may also create their own list.

Why do Wish List items need to be delivered by Friday, December 13?
Wish list items need to be delivered by December 13th to ensure that staff from our programs have ample time to pick up the items from the distribution center and deliver them to the specific kids and families they serve in time for the holidays.

Still have questions?
You may contact us at Holiday Gift Project with additional questions. Due to the very busy holiday season at Center For Family Services, it may take a couple of days to respond. We will make every effort to get back to you as quickly as possible.