2016 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive

Stuffed animal in a gift box with holiday lights behind

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 and youth still anticipate the season like any other child and teen. We want to ensure that their holidays are bright.

Each year, program staff and volunteers along with Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII), our nonprofit 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 for the 2016 Guardian ad Litem Holiday Gift Drive and help bring some holiday cheer and normalcy to a child in the community.

Learn more about the drive by browsing the sections on this page. Then register as a sponsor, donate funds or submit questions to CAII. Thank you for your support!

How It Works

Our drive is simple. CAII collects donated items from the community and then hosts a "gift store" where our volunteer guardians ad litem can "shop" for gifts for the children that they represent.

  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 on one of three days in early December (see location, dates and times below).

  ❸  Celebrate

Sponsors are invited to join us for a special event on Saturday, December 10, 2016 when our volunteer guardians ad litem will choose gifts for the children that they represent (see location, dates and times below).

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

  • Share this page on social media, blogs and forums → gal2.org/gift
  • Display a printable flyer in your office or on your community bulletin board

Printable Flyer

Supporting Events

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

Our Sponsors

We thank the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous sponsorships.

Gift Recommendations

The following tables provide 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
About 35 African American and
29 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
About 43 African American and
39 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
About 27 African American and
20 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
About 36 African American and
31 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
About 33 African American and
20 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
About 33 African American and
24 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
About 30 African American and
14 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
About 26 African American and
14 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
About 16 African American and
19 Caucasian/Hispanic
Boys
About 25 African American and
16 Caucasian/Hispanic
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Cook Books for Teens
  • Digital Watches
  • Dry Erase Calendars
  • Electric Shavers
  • Gift Cards
  • Handheld Gaming Systems
  • Headphones
  • Jewelry
  • Lap Desks
  • Pin Boards
  • Prepaid Mobile Phones
  • Room Decorations
  • Tablets
  • Age-Appropriate Video Games
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Cook Books for Teens
  • Digital Watches
  • Dry Erase Calendars
  • Electric Shavers
  • Gift Cards
  • Handheld Gaming Systems
  • Lap Desks
  • Pin Boards
  • Prepaid Mobile Phones
  • Remote Control Helicopters
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Tablets
Ages 16+
Girls
About 45 youths
Boys
About 25 youths
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Cook Books for Teens
  • Digital Watches
  • Dry Erase Calendars
  • Electric Shavers
  • Gift Cards
  • Household Items
  • Lap Desks
  • Laptop Computers
  • Pin Boards
  • Tablets
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Cook Books for Teens
  • Digital Watches
  • Dry Erase Calendars
  • Electric Shavers
  • Gift Cards
  • Household Items
  • Lap Desks
  • Laptop Computers
  • Pin Boards
  • 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
  • Donations must be new and unwrapped.

  • Donations may be delivered to us during a three-day donation drop off event in early December (see location, dates and times below).

  • Teens may receive gift cards for places like T.J. Maxx, 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, scooters or skateboards.

  • If you have any questions or need to make arrangements because you cannot deliver your gifts, please contact Omega Wynn.

Event Contact

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

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Update
2016-10-30: Update number of children in the gift recommendations section
2016-11-03: Update page and calendar with event times
2016-11-05: Add supporting events section and two events
First Published October 16, 2016