2015 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive

Stuffed animal in a gift box with holiday lights behind
Gifts Due
Friday, December 4, 2015

Special Event
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Separated from family and siblings, the holiday season can be a difficult and lonely time for the abused, neglected and abandoned children represented by the Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program.

Despite their circumstances and heartbreaking stories, these children still anticipate the season like any other child and we want to ensure that their holidays are bright.

Post-Event Update
A Happy Holiday For All: Celebrating Another Successful Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive

Each year, program staff and volunteers along with Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII), our non-profit support organization, work with local businesses, community organizations and individuals to ensure that every child represented by our program receives gifts for the holiday season.

We need your help to meet this goal. Please join us and CAII for the 2015 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive and help to bring some holiday cheer and normalcy to a child in the community.

Learn more about the drive and then register as a sponsor or donate funds. Thank you!

How It Works

This year's drive features a new, streamlined format designed to make the process easier for sponsors and volunteers.

  ❶  Purchase Gifts or Donate Money

Individual and business sponsors purchase gifts from our recommendations list or donate funds that are used to purchase gifts.

  ❷  Deliver Gifts

Sponsors deliver their new and unwrapped gifts to us no later than Friday, December 4, 2015.

  ❸  Celebrate

Sponsors are invited to join us for a special event at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee on Saturday, December 12, 2015 when our volunteer guardians ad litem will choose gifts for the children that they represent.

How To Help

Whether representing a company or supporting individually, we appreciate any assistance that you can offer. All donations to CAII are tax deductible.

  ❶  Become a Sponsor

  ❷  Donate Money

  • Use your credit or debit card via PayPal
  • Mail a check payable to Child Advocates II, Inc.
  • Funds will be used to purchase additional gifts for children

Donate now via PayPal

  ❸  Spread the Word

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Supporting Events

The following supporting events benefit the holiday gift drive through gift and cash donations.

Our Sponsors

We thank the following businesses and organizations for their generous sponsorship.

Gift Recommendations

All new and unwrapped donations must be delivered to us no later than Friday, December 4, 2015. The drop off location will be announced soon. Please contact Omega Wynn to make arrangements if you cannot deliver your gifts.

The following table provides recommendations for gifts by age group and notes the approximate number of represented children by ethnicity. The included items are only general suggestions.

Ages 0–2
Girls
45 African-American and 25 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
45 African-American and 20 Caucasian/Hispanic
  • Activity Mats
  • Blankets
  • Board Books
  • Cloth Dolls
  • Developmental Toys
  • "Little People" Sets
  • Puppets
  • Push/Ride Toys
  • Stroller Walkers
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Teething Toys
  • Activity Mats
  • Balls
  • Board Books
  • Developmental Toys
  • Dump Trucks
  • "Mega Bloks" Sets
  • Play Tools
  • Push/Ride Toys
  • Sports Activity Centers
  • Teething Toys
  • Trains
Ages 3–5
Girls
35 African-American and 15 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
30 African-American and 25 Caucasian/Hispanic
  • Art/Musical Toys
  • Baby Dolls and Accessories
  • Books
  • Creative Play Toys
  • "Disney Junior" Products
  • "LeapFrog" and "VTech" Systems
  • Play Kitchens
  • Puzzles
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Tricycles/Riding Toys
  • Books
  • Building Blocks
  • Creative Play Toys
  • Fire Engines
  • "LeapFrog" and "VTech" Systems
  • "Marvel" Toys
  • "Nickelodeon" Products
  • Play Drums
  • Sports Toys
  • Tricycles/Riding Toys
Ages 6–9
Girls
45 African-American and 20 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
35 African-American and 30 Caucasian/Hispanic
  • Activity Sets
  • Animal Toys
  • "Barbie" Products
  • Bicycles/Scooters
  • Board Games
  • Books
  • "Ever After High" Products
  • "Lego" Sets
  • "Monster High" Products
  • "My Little Pony" Products
  • Princess Items
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Bicycles/Scooters
  • Books
  • Building Toys
  • Cars/Racing Items
  • Dinosaur Toys
  • "Lego" Sets
  • "Minions" Products
  • Remote Control Cars
  • Robotic Toys
  • Science Kits
  • Sports Games
  • Trains
Ages 10–12
Girls
20 African-American and 10 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
30 African-American and 15 Caucasian/Hispanic
  • Bicycles/Scooters/Skateboards
  • Crafts/Fashion Design Kits
  • "Disney" and "Nickelodeon" DVDs
  • Gaming Systems with
    Age-Appropriate Games
  • Karaoke/Musical Instruments
  • Age-Appropriate Movie DVDs
  • Bicycles/Scooters/Skateboards
  • Gaming Systems with
    Age-Appropriate Games
  • "Lego" Sets
  • Sporting Equipment
Ages 13–15
Girls
30 African-American and 25 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
25 African-American and 15 Caucasian/Hispanic
  • Gift Cards
  • Handheld Gaming Systems
  • Headphones
  • Jewelry
  • Prepaid Mobile Phones
  • Room Decorations
  • Tablets
  • Age-Appropriate Video Games
  • Gift Cards
  • Handheld Gaming Systems
  • Prepaid Mobile Phones
  • Remote Control Helicopters
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Tablets
Ages 16+
Girls
25 youths
Boys
30 youths
  • Gift Cards
  • Household Items
  • Laptop Computers
  • Tablets
  • Gift Cards
  • Household Items
  • Laptop Computers
  • Tablets
Prohibited Items
  • Boxing Gloves
  • Cap/Pop/Toy Guns
  • Costumes
  • "G.I. Joe" Toys
  • Graphic Music and Books
  • Makeup
  • Mature-Rated Toys/Video Games
  • Slingshots
  • Toy Swords/Knives
  • Used Toys/Clothing
  • Water Guns
  • Wrestling Toys
Additional Notes
  • Teens may receive gift cards for places like Target, Best Buy, Walmart, clothing stores, restaurants, movie theatres and the iTunes Store. We recommend gift cards valued at $75 each. Whatever the amount, please note it on the gift card.

  • Household items and gift cards for food are appreciated by families.

  • Provide batteries with any gifts that require them.

  • Purchase age, culturally and ethnically appropriate dolls when possible.

  • Include helmets and other protective gear with any bicycles, and scooters skateboards.

  • You can download the letter to sponsors for a PDF with this information.

  • If you have any questions, please contact Omega Wynn.

Event Contact

Please contact CAII to register as a sponsor or ask questions about the drive.

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Icon: Calendar Link Events Summary Event Summary
Update
2015-10-27: add new primary event contact
2015-11-02: add "Our Sponsors" section and content
2015-11-13: update "Our Sponsors" section
2015-11-14: add "Supporting Events" section and content; update "Out Sponsors" section
2015-12-01: fix hyperlink to Tallahassee Brew District Holiday Hop
2015-12-06: update "Our Sponsors" section
2015-12-21: add link to follow-up blog post
First Published October 24, 2015