Q: What is the Holiday Gift Christmas Program?
A: This wonderful outreach has been a community gift-giving tradition since 1980. The effort supports over 500 families each year. Interfaith Outreach client families requesting holiday gift assistance are matched with community sponsors who anonymously provide gifts. For this year, the support will be in the form of gift card purchases based on requests from client families.
Q: Who receives the gift cards I’m giving?
A: Low-income families living in the Interfaith Outreach service area (Plymouth, Long Lake, Wayzata, Hamel, Medina, Medicine Lake, Minnetonka Beach and Orono) who receive services from Interfaith Outreach are eligible to participate. Learn more about who you help.
Q: What kind of families and individuals participate?
A: Participating families range in size and include singles and seniors; small, medium, large and multi-generational families. Learn more about who you help.
Q: When should I sign up to sponsor?
A: It happens early! Registration opens in early September, and runs through Nov. 1. View other important Holiday Gift dates. Missed sponsor registration? Donate financially to ensure we are able to provide support for all families this holiday season.
Q: How do I know what to buy and how much should I spend?
A: Sponsors are provided specific gift card ideas from client families, and spend $50 per person.
Q: I love to shop, can I still buy gifts?
A: This year the Holiday Gift Program will look and feel different as we protect everyone’s health and safety. We will not have the capacity to accept additional items along with gift cards. If you would like to shop and provide additional support for families in our community, we encourage you to consider supporting one of our other programs. Learn more.
Q: When can I drop off my gift cards?
A: Drop-off day will be in early December and details will be emailed when you are matched with a family.