The Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive

Together, We Served 1,590 Families

The 2017 Holiday Drive was our most successful to date! 876 individual, community, and corporate sponsors, and 449 volunteers helped to spread hope and joy this holiday season. THANK YOU!


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 with staff members assembling 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 with a family selection process, reviewed and approved wish lists, a staff of agency members and volunteers, and gift drives that are held by other groups who donate to Children’s Friend.

All of the families involved in our holiday drive are currently being served by Children’s Friend.  Each staff member working directly with clients selects a few of the most needy families they work with 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 and drop off the gifts at our main office in Providence. 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. A staff member will personally deliver the gifts directly to the family before the holiday.

The 2018 Spirit of Giving Holiday Drive will begin in November. Please check back with us then to sponsor a family or donate.