The Heart of a Caring Community
Voluntary Action Center

Our Annual Operation Happy Christmas Program serves 350-650 children each year.  AdventHealth EMS partners with our organization to collect monetary donations and new toys.  This partnership helps ensure each child on our list receives both clothes, shoes, and toys.   


Sponsor a Child or Family 

Each sponsor receives a sponsorship packet with the demographic sheet and a pre-labeled bag for each child.   The demographic sheet includes each child's age, gender, clothing sizes, and wishlist.  

  • We ask sponsors not to wrap presents to let parents know what gifts their children receive before Christmas.  This allows parents to ensure the correct sizes.
  • The gifts you purchase go to the child you shopped for.  We do not separate or divide gifts between children.  Thanks to Gordon EMS and a host of donors, we can purchase gifts and clothing for children who do not receive sponsors.
  • Sponsors are asked to purchase an entire outfit for each child, including a top, bottom, and shoes.  Jackets are optional but are encouraged.  Sponsors are also asked to provide two to three toys or non-clothing items.  Teenagers may not ask for non-clothing items.
  • Each family is provided a $25 gift certificate for food, so we ask sponsors to focus on the children, not the family.  
  • Sponsors can purchase gift cards if desired, but gift cards should be returned in an envelope, not in the child's bag to ensure gift cards are not lost.

Donate New Toys or Make a Monetary Donation

If you cannot sponsor a child, you can donate a new toy or make a cash contribution of $5 or more.  These donations and toys ensure every child on our list receive clothes and toys for Christmas.  We shop for children who do not receive a sponsor, so no contributions are too small.  

We especially need items for older boys and girls from ages 12-18.  Suggested items include

  • Makeup and Makeup brush sets
  • Board Games
  • Nerf Guns
  • Craft Kits
  • Bath and Pampering Sets
  • Books
  • Ear Buds and Headphones
  • Purses, wallets, makeup bags
  • Perfume and Cologne
  • Legos (original or sets)
  • Jewelry
  • Puzzles

Operation Happy Christmas Sponsorships