The Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive

Safe, Socially-Distant, and Santa Approved!

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. Please do not come to our sites this year. 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 and Online Shopping at Barrington Books

Thanks to another magnificent community partner, Barrington Books, for allowing online and in-store opportunities for our sponsors to shop this holiday season.

Shop in-store any day of the week at the Garden City or Barrington location. Upon checkout, be sure to let them know you are shopping for Children’s Friend Holiday Drive and your Family Wish-List ID; they will take care of the rest!

Shop online at Barrington Books anytime! At checkout, you must include your Family Wish List ID in the order notes section. Children’s Friend will handle the rest and get the gifts to the families!

Please click the button below to fill out a sponsorship form.
You will be asked to choose between the three shopping 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.