Help kids, seniors, and adults with disabilities have a great holiday season with Sacramento County's Gifts from the Heart Program

November 4, 2020

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Sacramento County's Gifts from the Heart Program is now in full swing, and it aims to help kids, teens, adults with disabilities, and seniors in our community have a great holiday season. 

According to a press release, the annual gift-giving program has run for more than 30 years and benefits those being served by Child Protective Services and Senior and Adult Services of the Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services. Each year, over 90 community partners donate 10,000+ gifts to more than 3,000 community members right here in Sacramento County. 

Businesses, county staff, government agencies, religious organizations, service groups, professional groups, families, and anyone else that wants to make a difference in the lives of our community members are encouraged to help with the program. 

To stay safe amid COVID-19, the program is running just a bit differently this year with online shopping registries. 

"You can purchase gifts from Amazon, Walmart, and Target, based off our gift registry and then ship directly to the Gifts from the Heart and picked up by social workers," said Volunteer & Student Intern Services Coordinator, Tonja Edelman, in the press release. 

Gift examples of what you might find on the registry include clocks with large numbers, radios, blankets, warm clothes, space heaters, sheet and comforter sets, mittens, gloves, 2020 calendars, puzzles, lotion, postage stamps, large print books, coffee pots, mugs, and large print crossword puzzles, among other items, for seniors. 

For children and teens served by Child Protective Services, you'll find items like board games, educational toys, funky socks, arts & crafts, mp3s, backpacks, hair products, footballs, or fuzzy blankets, among other items. 

To participate in the Gifts from the Heart Program, take a look at their registries below and make sure items ship no later than November 24, 2020

If you'd like to donate the old-fashioned way, you can donate any new, unwrapped gifts for any age group by December 10, 2020 at one of the County lobby locations listed here

The program also accepts donations via check, which can be made out to the Department of Child, Family & Adult Services/Gifts from the Heart Program and mailed to P.O. Box 269057, Sacramento, CA 95826-9443. ALL monetary donations are used to purchase gifts for this program, and are tax-deductible. 

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