County Launches Annual Gift Drive to Benefit Children and Youth

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced the 2013 Department of Human Services (DHS) Holiday Project gift collection drive for children and youth receiving services through the Department’s Office of Children, Youth and Families. The gift drive runs now through December 6.  

DHS seeks help with direct sponsorship of individual children so that the Holiday Project can reach its goal of providing each child in need with at least one meaningful gift.  

“We appreciate the generosity of our community members who come together each year to make the holiday special for the thousands of children who receive services through CYF,” said County Executive Fitzgerald. “We once again encourage their sponsorship, and ask for the support of other individuals and organizations looking to make a difference for the holidays.” 

For those who would like to pursue individual sponsorship, project organizers at DHS will provide the age, gender and wish list for as many children that a group or individual agrees to sponsor.  To sponsor individual children, contact the Event and Donations Team at 412-350-3428 or EventandDonationsTeam@AlleghenyCounty.us

If individual sponsorship is not possible, donors have the option of making a purchase through an Amazon.com DHS Holiday Project Wish List. Donors can choose from the most-needed holiday gifts and books, and purchases are shipped directly to the Holiday Project. In addition, DHS will continue to have donation drop-off sites at various locations within Allegheny County. The Holiday Project is always in need of new unwrapped multi-cultural toys, including baby dolls, and a diverse selection of books for all reading levels. To purchase gifts and books through Amazon.com DHS Holiday Project Wish List, visit: www.goo.gl/wemAe

“We are extremely pleased at how well the Holiday Project has been embraced by local businesses, religious organizations, school groups and individuals. Their generous donations continue to brighten the holidays for the children that we serve,” said DHS Director Marc Cherna. 

For more information about the Holiday Project and drop-off site information, visit: www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/holidayproject.aspx