How to Help this Holiday Season: 2021 Edition

Find donation and volunteer opportunities for every family and budget.

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Brooklyn Community Services Toy Drive

When: By December 15

BCS works in neighborhoods impacted by systemic poverty and supports those communities with a myriad of services. They are in the midst of their toy drive and would so much appreciate volunteers to wrap toys, bring your kids (if vaccinated) to join in the fun! They are also in need of more donations to meet the number of children they serve.  

To volunteer please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can visit their Amazon Wish List,

Brooklyn Museum Toy Drive

When: Through December 17th

Spread the love the Brooklyn way by dropping off new, unwrapped toys for kids ages 0–14 in the lobby through December 17. As a thank you, you'll get 20% off in-store at the Shop. Hosted with Council Member Laurie Cumbo, F.O.O.D. Foundation, Rep. Yvette Clark, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, The FDNY Vulcan Society, and Grandma's Hands.


Winter Coat Drive with Gowanus Mutual Aid

When: By December 15th

Drop off new and lightly used (washed) winter coats for men, women, and children. Hats, scarves, and gloves are also welcome. Drop-off locations:

Camp Friendship (Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday 8:30 - 2:30)

Dancewave (Monday - Friday 9:00am - 9:00pm, weekends 9:00am - 2:00pm)

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon's Office (Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm)

Celeste (5th Ave/3rd St - 503-544-9030)

Elisa (3rd Ave/Carroll St - 551-486-3273)

gowanus coat drive 2021


Helping Hands + Camp Friendship Toy Drive

When: Until December 18th

Donate a new gift to help give the magic of Christmas to children in need! Drop-off locations are available throughout Park Slope.



CAMBA Holiday Drive at Kos Kaffe

When: Saturday, December 18th, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Donate any of the toys, books, or dry foods listed below and receive a free coffee! The items will be distributed to CAMBA’s shelters throughout Brooklyn.



Adult Winter Gear Drive

1402 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

When: Drop off Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Men’s coats, hats, scarves, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, mittens

Women’s coats, hats, scarves, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, mittens


Kensington Family Shelter Gift Drive

When: As soon as possible before the holidays

Kensington Family Shelter has created two Amazon wishlists—one for the kids and one for the adults. 

For the kids, you are welcome to order off the list and have an item shipped directly to the shelter, or you can purchase the exact item somewhere else and have it shipped or drop it off (the shelter is address is 385 McDonald Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11218, and all items should be sent attention Uniquia Parker). Gifts have been hand-picked for each child, so we ask that you don’t donate items not on the list.

For the adults, we are once again giving perfume, cologne, and bath and body sets. You can order off the list or ship or drop items from another source. Any new fragrance or spa set is welcome!

Children’s Wishlist

Adult Wishlist


Women in Need Gift Drive

When: Anytime before the holidays

Help WIN families celebrate the holidays. In partnership with Target, WIN is hosting festive pop-up shops at 13 shelters across NYC. Every child will choose two toys, and every adult will receive one $25 Target gift card so they have the freedom to shop for themselves. Your generous donations make it all possible!


Sugarplum Sled Wish List

When: Anytime before the holidays

​The mission of the Sled is to assist underprivileged NYC Public School students and their families, most of whom live in shelters or other temporary housing (including being doubled or tripled up with other extended family). 

Peruse, pick, and pay from the list of gifts to provide a Sugarplum with their particular wish. The Sled packages and delivers!


Volunteer to be a Card Angel

When: Anytime before the holidays

Founded in November 2001, by Mark Martin, The Angel Card Project is an internet wide charity event designed to send greeting cards to those in need. The project started as a very small grassroots effort to reach a few indiviuals to let them know they were not forgotten. Supported solely by volunteers, the mission of "Sending Love, One Christmas card at a time" was formed. 


Donate to the New York Cares Coat Drive

When: Anytime

For 33 years, your donations to the Coat Drive have helped more than 2,000,000 New Yorkers find warmth every winter. Warmth has many layers and is about so much more than a coat; it means not having to choose between a warm meal and a coat. Warmth means looking out for one another. When you donate $25, you provide a New Yorker a warm coat, plus 10 meals, and so much more.


Diaper Drive at Kensington

When: December 6 to January 8

Did you know?

- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.

- Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.

- 1 in 3 US families reports experiencing diaper need.

Kensington Library is collecting new and open packs of diapers and new packs of wipes for Little Essentials between December 6 and January 8.

Little Essentials distributes diapers and other infant supplies to NYC families in need by working with community partners including shelters from domestic violence, foster care advocacy programs, local family shelters and more.


Past opportunities:

Food Drive for the Church of Gethsemane and Project Connect

When: Through December 8th

All food donations will go to the Church of Gethsemane Food Pantry which will serve congregation members in need and the approximately 200 Project Connect members currently in prison.

Here are the items we are collecting:



Drop-off at 1012 8th Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets
(Brooklyn Acting Lab)
Please come downstairs. There is a box to drop food donations.

Monday-Friday from 9AM-8PM
We will collect through December 8th.


Sheltering Arms Winter Wonders Gift Drive

When: By December 10th

Help break the cycle of poverty through Sheltering Arms, a non-profit that strengthens the education, well-being, and development of vulnerable children, youth, and families in New York City.

This year, join the Winter Wonders Gift Drive and help collect gifts and gift cards for over 5,000 children and youth in Sheltering Arms' programs! Just visit the Amazon wish list and deliver your unwrapped gift to Sheltering Arms by December 10th to participate.


PS 130 PTA Holiday Gift Drive

When: By December 10

Each year, PS 130 families join together to ensure that every child in the school has all their needs met this winter. Families in need register to receive a basket of requested items donated by the community, so that no child goes without. This year the school expects as many as 110 children to register.

The PTA will deliver a "winter warmth" package of a coat, boots or shoes, a hat and gloves to families that request it. They will also give the families an additional gift card so they can purchase their child's "needs and wants" directly—items like toys, books, games, PJs, clothing, bedding, and more.

$30 will buy a child a pair of boots, and $50 keeps a PS 130 child warm from head to toes with boots, hat, gloves, and a coat, but please know that any amount will help families in need!

For more info: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text “PS130” to 44-321.


Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Gift Drive

When: By December 10th

Donate to the Family Services Program's Holiday Gift Drive by purchasing a gift on Amazon by December 10th, or make a donation to the Center online.


Prospect Park YMCA & Park Slope Armory Kids Winter Essentials Drive

When: By December 13

Help keep our kids warm this winter! Drop off NEW winter hats, gloves, or scarves (for ages 5–12) years old to either the Prospect Park Y or Park Slope Armory Y during the times below.

Monday–Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday/Sunday, 8:00am - 8:00pm

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