The lives of thousands of children, teens, disabled adults and seniors are touched each holiday season by the County’s Gifts From the Heart Program
. For 30 years, this annual holiday gift-giving program has provided gifts to those served by the Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services.
“Since 1988, this program has made the holidays brighter for local children, adults and seniors,” said Volunteer & Student Intern Services Coordinator, Tonja Edelman. “On a daily basis we provide for the well-being of those we serve, but a program like this illustrates our desire to go beyond what is required and enrich people’s lives – and especially during difficult times.”
Local community partners and individuals from local businesses, County staff, government agencies, religious organizations, service groups, professional groups and families participate in this annual holiday gift-giving drive. Each year, more than 100 community partners donate nearly 10,000 gifts to more than 3,000 children, youth, disabled adults and seniors throughout Sacramento County.
The gifts and contributions from community partners and teamwork of volunteers have made the Gifts From the Heart Program possible so that everyone can partake in the warmth of the holiday season.
Consider participating in the Gifts From the Heart program by sponsoring gifts, becoming a community partner or volunteering time during the season.
Brand new toys are welcome and cash donations will be deposited into the Gifts from the Heart trust account for the sole purpose of purchasing gifts. All gifts and monetary donations are tax deductible. Contact the Gifts from the Heart Coordinator
for additional donation and contribution information.
To participate: drop-off new unwrapped gifts/toys for any age group from November 13 - December 6 at one of the County lobby locations listed below.
- 7001-A East Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95823
- 3701 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento, CA 95827
- 3331 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826
- 700 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814
- 799 G St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Those interested in donating may also write a check to Department of Child, Family & Adult Services/Gifts From the Heart Program and mail to: P.O. Box 269057, Sacramento, CA 95826-9443, (100% of donations are used to purchase gifts).
The Gifts From the Heart Program is coordinated through the Department of Child, Family and Adult Services. A team of over 30 volunteers manages the pick-up, distribution and delivery of gifts from the community partners and private sponsors during the month of December each year. Gifts are given to the client’s social worker, which are then delivered to children, teens disabled adults and seniors.