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Holiday Project Holiday Project

How to Participate
Pick-up and Delivery of Gifts and Donations
About the DHS Holiday Project
Who Benefits from the DHS Holiday Project?
How Gifts are Provided

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How to Participate

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Choose from our most-needed holiday gifts and have them shipped directly to our Holiday Project Workshop! Gifts start at under $5, so everyone can contribute.

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Individual Sponsorship 

Individuals can sponsor an individual child or simply make a purchase based on the following lists:

Group Sponsorship  

Sponsorship drives are also welcome. Groups are provided with the age, gender and wish list for as many children as they agree to sponsor.

Group Donors to the Open Donations Collection  

Groups can purchase and donate gifts to supply the Holiday Project Open Donations Collection. Ideas are provided in the following lists:

Also, please check out our marketing kit:

Toys and Gifts

Gifts must be new and unwrapped. (Rolls of holiday giftwrap are welcomed). As a guideline, we try to provide each child with a gift(s) valued at a minimum of $25.

In addition to lists above, here are some general gift ideas:

  • Bicycles and other riding toys (please include a helmet)
  • Books with diverse cultural themes for children of all ages
  • Creative kits (e.g., art, science) for school-age children
  • Developmental toys for infants and toddlers
  • Dolls and action figures with a full range of skin tones
  • Hat, glove and scarf sets
  • Imaginative play toys for school-age children
  • Music-related electronics
  • Neckties/tie clips
  • Purses, jewelry, make-up
  • Remote control toys
  • Wallets
  • Watches

Pick–up and Delivery of Gifts and Monetary Donations

  • Groups that donate gifts for 20 or more children a/o youth may arrange for a one-time gift pick-up at a local location of choice.
  • Individuals may deliver their unwrapped gifts at the Human Service Building located at One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, 15222 between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Check should be made payable to: DHS Donations Fund with "Holiday Project" on the memo line and mailed to: DHS Event and Donations Team, Human Services Building, One Smithfield Street, First Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  
  • Gifts may be dropped off at several locations in the county. 

About the DHS Holiday Project

Since the late 1960s, the DHS Holiday Project has provided holiday gifts to children and youth who receive services through the Allegheny County child welfare system. From its humble beginning, the DHS Holiday Project has matured into our most successful grassroots public-private partnership. Through the generosity of county residents—including employees of corporations, school groups, faith-based organizations and individuals—tens of thousands of holiday mornings have been brightened. More about the DHS Holiday Project.

Who Benefits from the DHS Holiday Project?

All of the children and youth who receive gifts through the Holiday Project are from families that are receiving child welfare services through the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families - the county agency charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect. Most are living with their families while receiving in-home or community-based services to help strengthen the positive aspects of the family. Some are living in an out-of-home placement such as a foster home or a group home. Recipients of gifts include newborns, toddlers, school-age children, teenagers and young adults. In every case, gifts from the Holiday Project provide an invaluable sense of normalcy for children and youth whose lives are shaped by daily challenges.

How Gifts are Provided

Children may receive gifts through the Holiday Project in one of two ways.

  • A sponsor may be matched with a specific child and given his/her wish list to make shopping easier and more personal. Though it remains anonymous, many people prefer this option since they have the satisfaction of knowing they purchased a "wished-for" gift.
  • A donor may make a gift or monetary contribution to the Holiday Project Open Donations Collection. Gifts are categorized by age group and displayed so that caseworkers of non-sponsored children may "shop" for an ideal gift. Monetary donations are used to increase the pool of culturally diverse gifts and those in much- needed age ranges such as infant and teen. Each is a welcomed form of giving as each answers a critical need.

For more information or to arrange to participate in the DHS Holiday Project please contact:

Event and Donations Team at 412-350-3428 
or by email at EventandDonationsTeam@AlleghenyCounty.us