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More about the DHS Holiday Project

DHS Holiday ProjectThe History of the DHS Holiday Project

The forerunner of the DHS Holiday Project began in the late 1960's when several CYS (the Allegheny County Department of Children and Youth Services) caseworkers decided to purchase holiday gifts for some of the children on their caseload. It has since expanded to become one of the most successful DHS, public-private partnerships that depends on the generosity of individuals rather than foundations.

The DHS Office of Community Relations (OCR) dedicates time year round to recruiting new sponsors, and to supporting the efforts of sustaining donors. Caseworkers from the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families identify the names of the children receiving child welfare services who would benefit from receiving a gift. OCR administers the Holiday Project by using a web-based application to “match” sponsors with children in need, and by setting up and managing a Donation Center where gifts, not specifically donated for individual children, may be selected by volunteers for unsponsored children. Staff working for the DHS Office of Administrative and Information Management Services and the County Public Works are instrumental in transporting gifts between donors and recipients.

Each year, thousands of children received gifts that were donated by the employees of corporations, church groups, school groups, individuals and anonymous donors. In-kind and cash donations are estimated at nearly $215,000 annually.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations are accepted year round. Please make your checks payable to:
"DHS Donation Fund" and write "Holiday Project" on the memo line.

Checks may be sent to:

Events and Donations Team
Allegheny County Department of Human Services
One Smithfield Street, First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Gift Donations

There are many ways individuals and groups can contribute gifts to the DHS Holiday Project. Your generosity will be appreciated by many.