Holiday Gift Project
You can make this the merriest season of all - your gifts can send a message of care and support to children in our programs this holiday season. Donate a gift or sponsor a child’s wish list.
Each year, because of the involvment of community partners like you, over 2,000 children and teens being cared for by Center For Family Services receive brand new holiday gifts through our Holiday Gift Project, ensuring they have an inspired and joyful holiday.
Without your help many of these children and teens, some of whom may not be able to spend the holidays with their families, would not have gifts to open.
By participating in our Holiday Gift Project you truly have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of children in our care.
We wouldn't be able to do what we do without you. Our Holiday Gift Project kicks off November 2018!
Sponsor a Child ‘s Wish List
Our online Holiday Wish Center will open in November 2018. The Holiday Wish Center 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 17 caring homes throughout South Jersey please contact Emily Flemming to learn more about this opportunity.
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.
584 Benson Street
Camden, NJ 09103
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)
- Earphones & earbuds
- Toiletry cases filled with bath & body products (Dove, Axe, and Suave brands)
- Twin Sheets
- Bath Towels
*We can only accept new items *Please provide gifts unwrapped
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. To make a monetary donation, click here.
Drop Off Locations
Donations can be dropped off to any of the following sites from now through December 15, 2017:
- The Promenade at Sagemore Concierge Desk, Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm. Saturday: 10m-6pm. Sunday: 11am-6pm.
- Courier Post Main Lobby, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
- Cherry Hill Mall Guest Service Center, Mon-Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 11am-6pm
- Old Navy, Deptford Location Mon-Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 11am-6pm
- Old Navy, Turnersville Location Mon-Thur 9am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm
- Center For Family Services, Camden Location Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
A special thank you to the following Holiday Gift Project sponsors:
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 one of CFS’ more than 70 programs. 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 16th-Tuesday, December 19th. 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, contact Marissa Cantu.
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 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 584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ 08103 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 584 Benson Street, Camden NJ 08103, 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.
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 15?
Wish list items need to be delivered by December 15 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 email Emily Flemming 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.