Christmas Gift Sponsorship Program
Since 2014, we have been coordinating a Christmas gift sponsorship program to help the children in School District 303 receive gifts from wish lists that each family personally creates. We work directly with D303 social workers who identify families who may be experiencing any of the following factors that may impact the parents’ ability to provide gifts during the holiday season:
- Single parent
- Illness or death in the immediate family
- Loss of income or low-income
- Home destroyed by fire
- Other circumstances determined at the discretion of the social worker.
The parents provide the social workers with “wish lists” and are comprised of a few toy ideas as well as clothing and shoe sizes. Many of these lists include basic items like coats, warm clothing, winter boots and gloves. Once Big Hearts of Fox Valley receive these wish lists, our little elves reach out to the community to help fulfill them either by purchasing gifts for an anonymous child, or by making a monetary donation. When shopping for a child, we ask that you purchase at least 3 items from their wish list. If they are asking for a winter coat or boots, please make this the first thing you purchase. Since this, in many cases, will be the only gifts they receive you can expect to spend at least $50.00 for each child.
Our program is different from many other holiday assistance programs because the sponsor has the chance to feel a special connection with their “adopted” child as the sponsor receives a personalized wish list for the child.
We encourage individuals, families, neighborhoods, PTOs, businesses, teams, churches and other local organizations to partner with us to help us achieve our goal. We hope you will join us in our efforts to make the lives of the children around us a little brighter.
Parents and guardians in need…
This program is intended for children in need that live within the boundaries of School District 303 only.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN IN D303:
You will be able to OPT IN to the program through your D303 school in September. If you have a child in elementary school, look for a flyer in your child’s backpack. If you have a child in middle or high school, the link is on the online newsletter. Once you have filled out the form to OPT IN to the program, and are accepted into the program, a link to fill out a wish list for each of your children will be emailed to you before October 2nd.
You must OPT IN before September 28th. Once you have opted in, wish lists must be filled out by October 15th 2021. Wish lists will NOT be accepted past October 15th.
If you can’t find the flyer or are having troubles opting into the program, reach out to your D303 school social worker before September 28th and let them know you are interested the Big Hearts Holiday Program.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHILDREN IN D303 YET:
If you live within the boundaries of school district 303 and have a child not yet enrolled in school, you can see if you qualify by filling out this FORM.