The Hope Center, one of our outreach partners, has a mission to provide asset-based opportunities for sustainable growth where children, youth, and families can have hope and flourish in Kansas City's East-side.
Each year at Christmas, The Hope Center hosts a Christmas party for their neighborhood, providing toys for the kids and gift cards for parents. The gift cards are used to purchase gifts for the kids, food for their tables, and help with expenses throughout the holiday season and beyond.
During this holiday season, you have a chance to make an impact in the lives of these families, through The Hope Center, by donating toys and/or gift cards. Gather your family, your community group, or your neighbors and consider how you might get involved. We will accept these donated items November 11 through December 9.
Donations can be as small as $10, a great way for children and students to be involved on a level they can afford. There is no limit to how much you can contribute, but we do ask for a $100 limit on any one gift card and a $60 value limit for each toy purchased.
Final Drop-Off Date is Sunday, December 9th!
Toy Collection Guidelines:
- Toys are for kids ages 5-12
- Toys should be new and valued between $10-$60
Toys SHOULD NOT be wrapped
- Kids Headphones ($10-$25)
- Mini robots (where you can build the legs)
- Art Supplies (no coloring books please)
- Remote Control trucks, helicopters, etc. ($20-$35)
- Black Panther Paraphernalia (t-shirts, books, action figures, etc.)
- African American dolls from Barbies to Baby Alive
- Doll Houses
- Really Rad Robots MiBro
- PJ Masks Playset
- Fingerling HUGS
Gift Card Guidelines
Gift cards should come from a well-known and easily accessible stores. There are two general kinds of gift cards you can purchase. If you’d like to keep the dollar value lower ($10-$25), a grocery store, gas station, or eatery would be a good choice (although Walmart cards are helpful in any denominational value). If you want to contribute a larger sum ($50-$100), big box stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, or Costco are a great choice.
Here are some options for stores that are easily accessible from The Hope Center neighborhood:
- Sam's Club
- Pizza Hut
- Home Depot
Please write the dollar amount on the gift card in permanent marker before you bring it to the collection area.
Donations can also be made ONLINE HERE and we will purchase gift cards with the money.
Thank you for considering how you might get involved in coming alongside The Hope Center this holiday season to bless families in Kansas City.