The annual Holiday Project is a charitable endeavor of Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County that ensures children served by the Center have a joyful holiday each child deserves. Through donations from the community, our Holiday Project provides immediate needs to caregivers, and gifts to children through our “Adopt-a-Child, Adopt-a-Family, and Holiday Shop” options. The project begins each year in November with all items collected in the beginning of December.
- Holiday Shop: The Holiday Shop is held for one day at the Center during the holiday season. Organizations and individual community members donate toys, games, DVDs, teen items, books, and other gifts, which are then used to stock our Holiday Shop. This is a place non-offending caregivers are given the chance to “shop” for their children, at no charge, allowing them the joy of presenting their children with holiday gifts. Each year, the Center serves nearly 1,000 children through its Holiday Shop.
- Adopt-A-Child: Children in the Adopt-A-Child program are clients of the Center who live with relatives, in foster homes, in-patient Residential Treatment Centers, or are currently receiving services from the Center.
Child selects up to three gifts, a $125 commitment.
- Adopt-A-Family: The Adopt-A-Family program provides for a significant need of non-offending family members and provides children in the home with their holiday wishes. Adopt-A-Family gifts include items such as new appliances, home repair, a deposit for a new apartment so the family can get a fresh start, or even funding for a family excursion together all while the children still get their holiday wishes.
Family provides a list of immediate needs and child’s wishes, a $1,000 commitment.
*Check back in the fall for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am part of a group/organization and we want to participate. What can we do?
Host a gift drive at your office or business, host a gift card party, Adopt-a-Child, Adopt-a-Family, or shop our Amazon Wishlist.
Who are the children benefiting from Adopt-A-Child?
Children in the Adopt-A-Child Program are clients of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) who are living with relatives, in foster homes or in-patient Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) or who are currently receiving services through CACCC’s Family Assistance and Family Advocacy programs. All the children benefiting from Adopt-A-Child have been victims of child abuse or neglect.
When do children receive their gifts?
Once the gifts have been returned to the CACCC, they are given to the children’s caseworkers. Caseworkers deliver and/or mail gifts to the children’s caregivers so that they are received in time for the holiday.
The label lists the child’s three gift requests, the child’s sizes for clothes/shoes, and the child’s interests. Do I have to buy everything on the list?
No, these lists are gifts requested by your child. Their clothing/shoe sizes and interests are included to provide you more information about the child. We recommend $125.00 be spent on each child. If one gift alone reaches the referenced amount, please do not feel obligated to purchase other gifts listed. Please fulfill your child’s gift requests to the best of your ability.
Should I wrap the gifts?
No, please deliver the gifts unwrapped so that caregivers may present them to the children. This allows the caregiver to have the dignity of participating in the holiday and providing an enjoyable holiday for the children.
Gift cards seem very impersonal. Why are they requested?
As much as teenagers appreciate the gestures attempted by adults, they typically enjoy selecting their own gifts for the holidays. We also utilize gift cards for children who are in foster homes, shelters, and Residential Treatment Centers out of the DFW area.
Who do I contact for more information?
Interested in participating in Holiday Project? Email email@example.com
*If you have not received a response to your email within 48 hours, please check your junk mail as some people have been finding their gift requests there.*
Where do I drop off the gifts?
Holiday Project donations will be accepted at the Center – 2205 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, Texas. Gifts should be UNWRAPPED so that CACCC staff can easily locate the item and make sure it is received by the right child or family.
Why is the drop off date in early December?
To ensure all gifts are delivered in time for the holidays.