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 About Celebration

Unwrapping the spirit for more than 70 years!

Our mission is to provide children and families served by Catholic Charities and those in need with gifts and necessities during the holiday season. Celebration of Giving will touch the lives and bring joy to many families who may not have been able to celebrate the holidays. 

During our 2016 event, through the collection of donations from individuals, corporations and organizations, Catholic Charities distributed gifts and toys to more than 25,000 children and families.

Thank you to our devoted Celebration of Giving
committee & sponsors!



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For more information about the program please call our Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email us COG@catholiccharities.net.

 How You Can Help

How you can help

Toy Shower

Catholic Charities 70th annual Toy Shower invites children to experience the joy, magic and spirit of the holidays by providing each child with gifts.

• Sponsor a toy drive with your family, friends, coworkers, fellow parishioners, or other group. Collect new, unwrapped toys and donate them to the Celebration of Giving. If you collect more than 75 toys, we can even send a truck to pick them up!

• Sponsor a holiday toy drive for children at a Catholic Charities child development center. Our centers range in size from 50-600 children. We’ll send you the names, genders, and ages of the children you are sponsoring. You also have the option to host a Christmas party with the children at the center – a great way to celebrate the holidays with your group!

• Sponsor a shopping spree at Toys R Us with your company or group. We provide the wish list, and you provide the funds and the shoppers.

Sponsor-a-Family

Sponsor-A-Family reaches out to families who are most in need, responding to their basic wishes for clothing, household items, books, or school supplies. Take the opportunity to help one of the hundreds of families seeking assistance. We ask that you spend $50-75 per family member to help make Christmas wishes come true.

Financial Support

Become a much-needed financial supporter and assist Catholic Charities with the costs of distributing gifts.

Please consider donating to this year's Celebration of Giving here!

Volunteer

Volunteers are an essential part of the Celebration of Giving! We invite families, friends, school groups, corporate groups, and individuals to join our efforts to spread the Christmas Spirit by organizing Christmas Toy Drives, and sorting and packaging gifts in "Santa's Workshop" at our Merchandise Mart headquarters.


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For more information about the program or how to Donate Toys, Sponsor-a-Family, provide Financial Support, and Volunteer, please call the Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email COG@catholiccharities.net.

 Wishlist
       
 TOYS  
 
       
Toys 1-3 (Toddlers):  
• Bath toys, “Bunnies by the Bay” plush toys
• Disney stuffed / plush animals
• Fischer Price toys
• Large-size blocks (Duplo Legos)
• Light and Sound toys
• Little Tikes toys
• Play Doh
• Pull/Push toys
• VTech Sleepytime Bear


Toys 3-4:  
• 12-14” Kids Bikes, Tricycle/Big Wheel, 3-Wheeled Scooter, 
• Barbie Dolls and accessories 
• Chubby Puppies
• Dolls (all ethnicities), 
• Fisher-Price Imaginext (SpongeBob, Batman, etc.)
• Fisher-Price Wheelies
• Home Depot Workshop Play Set
• LeapFrog “LeapTop”
• Legos “Duplo” line
• Little Tikes Basketball Goal
• Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Toys
• Plush Disney’s Frozen dolls
• Toy cars, fire trucks, train sets, planes

Toys 5-7:
• 16-18” Bike, Tricycle/Big Wheel, Scooter
• Despicable Me Toys
• Disney’s Frozen Dolls and toys
• Ever After High
• Hot Wheels
• Lego Sets (Batman, Captain America, etc.)
• Minecraft Toys
• Monster High Dolls
• Nerf guns/swords
• Skylander
• Superhero Action Figures (Spiderman, Avengers, TMNT, Justice League, Batman etc)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys
• Toy Story toys


  Toys 8-10:
• 18-24” Bike, Skateboard, Scooter
• Air Hogs Laser Racer
• Despicable Me Toys
• Disney’s Frozen Toys
• Easy-bake ovens
• Furbie’s
• Hello Kitty Toys
• Lego Star Wars
• Minecraft Toys
• Monster High Toys
• Nerf Guns
• Simon Game
• Superhero Action Figures (Spiderman, Avengers, TMNT, Captain America, Batman etc)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys
• The LEGO Movie Toys
• TMNT Combat Gear
• Transformers: Age of Extinction Toys

Toys 11-15:
• Air Hogs Remote Control Toys
• Bike, Skateboard, Scooter
• Book bags (Disney, Marvel / DC themed)
• Casio Mini Keyboard
• First Act Instruments
• LEGO sets
• Model-toy kits
• Nerf Guns / Bows
• Razor Ripstik
• Rubik’s Cube
• Sports Equipment
• 175g Frisbee
• Baseball/Softball
• Basketball
• Football
• Hockey
• Lacrosse
• Soccer
• Tennis
• Volleyball
• Star Wars Lightsaber
• Board Games 2-4+:
• Candyland
• Chutes and Ladders
• Cootie Game
• Memory Match Games
• Monkey Dunk
• VeggieTales Larry-Boy Get Rid of the Fib
 
       
       
BOARD GAMES      
       
 Board Games 5-7+:
• Abalone
• Apples to Apples: Disney Addition
• Bananagrams
• Battleship
• Beat the Parents
• Blokus
• Connect 4
• Don’t Rock the Boat
• Four in a Square
• Pit
• Reverse Charades
• Skip-Bo
• Sorry


Board Games 8-10+:
• Boggle
• Carcassone
• Clue
• Dominion
• Fluxx
• Monopoly
• Munchkin
• Othello
• Pentago
• Risk
• Scrabble
• Ticket to Ride
   Board Games 11-15+:
• Agricola
• Apples to Apples
• Archipelago
• Balderdash
• Betrayal at the House on the Hill
• Bohnanza
• Eldritch Horror
• Imperial
• Killer Bunnies
• Marbles: The Brain Store games
• MindTrap
• Pandemic
• Party Alias
• Race for the Galaxy
• Samuri: The Card Game
• Scattergories
• Smash Up
• Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (Core Set)
• The Hobbit Board Game
 
       
       
OTHER GIFTS FOR TEENS      
       
Other Gifts for Teens:
• Books
• Candle sets
• CD / MP3 Player with Headphones
• Grooming kits for men
• Jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.)
•Lawn games:
    o Bocce Ball
    o Cornhole/Bagtoss
    o Kan Jam
    o Ladder Toss
    o Lawn Darts
    o Spikeball
• Perfume/Cologne
• Playing cards
• Purses
• Spa kits (lotions, soaps, moisturizers, etc.)
• Sports Equipment
• Table Tennis Set
• Wallets
• Watches


     
       
       





















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For more information about the program please call our Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email us COG@catholiccharities.net.
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