The Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive

Safe, Socially-Distant, and Santa Approved!

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For the safety of our children and families, donors, and staff, the Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive will be remote this year. What does that mean, you might ask? We have modified our longtime tradition to build in some socially-distant safety precautions, while still helping those in need in our community.  We have created remote options for participation in the Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive.

This year there will be no drop-offs! Our buildings are closed to the public to comply with COVID safety precautions. Do not attempt to visit one of our buildings. 

We will not be able to accept any drop-offs.


‘Shopping’ Options

Virtual Shopping – Welcome to the virtual Children’s Friend Holiday Store that will be filled with all of the items needed to support families in need. When this option is selected, donors will be sent instructions on how to access and shop in the virtual store. The donor will then fill their cart with all items requested by the family on the wish list and checkout. Children’s Friend will handle the rest and get the gifts to the families!

In-Store Shopping at Old Navy – Thanks to our wonderful community partners at Old Navy, we will be offering special early bird in-store shopping hours on November 7th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. The Old Navy at the Providence Place Mall will be opening their doors early for only friends of Children’s Friend. Shop in person, while staying socially distant!

Donors will purchase all clothing items on their wish list and then after checkout, leave the bags with Old Navy staff who will hold the bags in a secure location for Children’s Friend pick up. Your gifts will then be distributed to families just as in past years.

Can’t make it in person between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on November 7th? That’s okay! Shopping can be done in person at the Providence location any time on November 7th through November 9th. Leave your gifts with Old Navy Staff for Children’s Friend   Choose this option and be eligible for special Old Navy coupons!

Online Shopping at Old Navy – Shop online from November 15th through November 21st and choose in-store pick-up. We’ll do the rest! Click here for more details about this option.

Please click here to fill out our sponsorship form and choose between the three options explained above.

Things You Can Do Right Now

Amazon Wish List – Prefer to do your shopping through Amazon? We’ve got you covered! Feel free to shop our Amazon wish list linked here. 

Donate Gift Cards to the Holiday Drive

Make a cash donation to the Holiday Drive


The Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive provides gifts of clothing and toys to make the winter holidays a special time for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable families.

Our holiday drive began many years ago. Staff members assembled gift baskets with donations for a small number of families. From those roots, our holiday drive has developed into the event that it is today.  We have a family selection process, reviewed and approved wish lists, and staff of agency members.

Children’s Friend is actively involved with every family participating in the holiday drive.  Staff members working directly with clients select especially needy families to be part of the holiday drive.  A representative from Children’s Friend matches donors with a family that has the number, age, and gender of children that they would like to sponsor.  If a donor wants to sponsor a family that is experiencing a specific hardship or a specific set of circumstances, we work with them to find a match.

Sponsors shop for gifts from the children’s wish lists. They may purchase any number of items from the wish list or share the list with others.  Children’s Friend ensures that every donation reaches the intended family.