The winter holidays are fast approaching, which means it’s time for gift-giving and receiving. For many children throughout Hudson County, participating in a gift exchange is not a reality. Because every child deserves a magical holiday season, various organizations throughout the county have organized a way to spread holiday cheer through gift donation opportunities. Check out the list below to learn more about how to support children in the community this holiday season.
RWJBarnabas Health Virtual Toy Drive | All Year
Hundreds of children will spend the holiday season in hospitals this year but having a special gift can offer a sense of comfort during a difficult time. RJWBarnabas Health: The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, is hosting a Virtual Toy Drive this year. Donations from generous community members help the Child Life team purchase developmentally appropriate toys for patients. Please note that due to COVID-19, the hospital is not able to accept physical items. The drive has gone fully virtual this year. To make a monetary donation, check out the Amazon Wish List, or to learn more about this effort, click here.
6th Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway Hosted by Whole Spectrum Autism & Smile Preschool and Nursery | Though December 2nd
Whole Spectrum Autism (a Jersey City-based 501c3 charity) and Smile Preschool and Nursery will host their sixth annual Toy Giveaway for children newborn to 10 years of age on December 2nd from 6:30-7:00PM on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza at 145 Newark Avenue. As of 11/30/21, over 600 children have registered to receive age-appropriate toys as well as winter accessories such as hats, scarves, and gloves.
Jersey City’s 25th Annual Toy Drive Donation | Through December 3rd
Jersey City is hosting its annual toy drive donation this December. Those wishing to donate can bring unwrapped toys appropriate for ages 1-12 to the Resident Response Center (208 Grove Street) Monday through Friday between 9AM and 6PM or toys can be purchased through the Amazon Wish List here. Toys will be distributed on December 3rd. To learn more about getting involved, click here. Mask wearing and social distancing protocols will be in place during gift distribution.
Hoboken Community Center Holiday Market | Through December 9th
The Hoboken Community Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Holiday Market on December 9th. To get involved, drop off a new gift during The Center’s extended holiday drop off hours Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from 9AM-11AM at 1301 Washington Street or at any of the drop off locations at bwé kafé (Newport and Viaduct Hoboken locations) or Choc ●O ●Pain (uptown and downtown locations). Gifts should not be wrapped, but wrapping supplies are accepted as donations so families can wrap on their own. To learn more about how to get involved, check out The Center on Instagram @hobokenfoodpantry or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hudson County CASA First Annual Toy Drive | Through December 9th
Clutch Moto presents its First Annual Toy Drive. The drive will accept new and unwrapped toys for Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at Clutch Moto in Bayonne, located at 590 Avenue C. Hudson County CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers who advocate for foster care children with the goal of a safe and permanent home for each child. To learn more, check out the organization on Instagram @HudsonCASA.
Sgt. Peter Zanin “Peachy” Toy Drive | Through December 10th
Sgt. Peter Zanin spent more than 20 years in the Hoboken Police Force and was known for his love of supporting the community. Sgt. Zanin passed away last year at the age of 46 and, in his honor, his loved ones have organized a holiday toy drive. Donations of unwrapped toys or gift cards in any denomination can be dropped off at any of the three locations, which are the Hoboken Police Department (106 Hudson Street) and Hoboken Firehouses (1313 Washington Street and 616 Washington Street) through December 10th.
The Hoboken Christmas Exchange | Through December 11th
Hoboken Grace Church is hosting its annual Hoboken Christmas Exchange for the seventh year. There are opportunities to donate gifts as well as to volunteer to distribute toys. Donors will be paired with a child whose wish list has been submitted. Donations can be dropped off at 301 Garden Street on December 9th from 7:30PM-9PM, December 10th from 7:30PM-9PM, and December 11th from 9AM-11AM. Donations should be wrapped. Volunteers are also needed to accept donations and distribute toys. To learn more about the Hoboken Christmas Exchange and how to get involved, visit the site here.
North Jersey Toys for Tots | Through December 12th
For more than 60 years, Toys for Tots has been making children all over the country smile during the holidays and this year is no different. Community members can make an age-appropriate toy donation by December 12th. Donations can be accepted at the tents in front of the visitor center’s parking lot aboard Picatinny Arsenal, NJ on Friday, December 10th starting at 8AM through 50PM and Saturday, December 11th from 9:AM until 2PM or can be dropped off at any of the Drop Off Locations, prior to Dec 12th, listed on this site here.
902 Brewing Company 2nd Annual Toy Drive | December 2nd- December 19th
902 Brewing Company is back for another year of cheer. The Jersey City brewery, located at 101 Pacific Avenue, is hosting its 2nd annual toy drive. Donations of unwrapped toys will be accepted and those who participate will receive 10% off their check. All toys will be donated to the Dante Aligieri Society’s Annual Children’s Christmas Event scheduled for Sunday, December 20th.
Joey No Nuts Cafe
The cafe is hosting its 3rd annual “Remember to Love” toy drive. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 638 Willow Avenue in Hoboken. These toys will go to underprivileged children in Greenville, Jersey City.