Holiday Wish List

Kids in Crisis Holiday Wish List

Each year, Kids in Crisis provides holiday meals and gifts for shelter residents and community families in need.

Interested in helping out? Take a look at the ideas below and contact Kristen Tomasiewicz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sponsor a Family’s Thanksgiving Dinner or “December Holiday” Dinner

  • Gather shelf-stable (non-perishable) holiday fixings AND a supermarket gift card for a turkey or ham. Package the items in a decorative basket or laundry basket and you’re done! (Suggested shelf-stable items include: stuffing mix, canned gravy and vegetables, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, potatoes, a pie or other dessert, apple juice).
  • Or, donate a supermarket gift card for the entire meal and let the family purchase their own favorites!

Sponsor a Family’s Holiday Wish List

Help brighten the holidays for a community family in need by fulfilling their holiday wish list. We provide you with first names, ages, genders and holiday wishes for the family, after which you can shop and deliver the bundle of gifts to Kids in Crisis, who will pass it along to the family. Each child’s holiday wish list typically includes a winter coat, boots or shoes, new outfit and a “special” toy or gift.

Sponsor a Child’s Holiday Wish List

Help brighten the holidays for one or more children by fulfilling their holiday wish list. We provide you with the first name, age, gender and holiday wishes for each child, after which you can shop and deliver the gifts to Kids in Crisis, who will pass it along to the recipient. A holiday wish list typically includes a winter coat, boots or shoes, new outfit and a “special” toy or gift. Note: Donors can also shop for individual items!

Sponsor a Holiday Meal for our Shelter Residents

At any one time, Kids in Crisis is home to up to 20 children and teens. Groups and individuals are able to donate dinners any time of year, but holidays are especially helpful! If you are interested in donating dinner for any holiday – Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Easter, or even Super Bowl Sunday, for example! – please let us know. Holiday dinner donors can have a prepared meal delivered or simply donate a gift card to allow our staff to shop for all the kids' favorites.

Other ways to help:

  • Set up a Giving Tree for your school, office or community group – We provide a list of names, ages and one holiday gift per child. Put the wishes on your tree, then drop off the new, unwrapped gifts at Kids in Crisis.
  • Donate a gift card – A quick and easy option that allow the kiddos to shop for something special! (Wal-mart, Target, Old Navy, Aeropostale, Forever 21, iTunes and CVS are great choices)
  • Sponsor an outing for shelter residents – Gift cards for Connecticut-based movie theaters, bowling, and restaurants are just some of many ideas.
  • Host a General Collection – of new clothing, toys, or other holiday needs.


Regretfully, we cannot accept used clothing, games, books or stuffed animals.