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This page will help guide those who have already been assigned a child to sponsor. If you have yet to sponsor a child, and would like to, please click on the green button. If you are in need of assistance, click the red button.

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Dear Sponsor,

We are thrilled to have you as a part of this oh so special program. Here, you will find general directions, shopping suggestions and discount information. We remind you that your drop-off site and deadline for gifts should be handled directly through whomever you signed up with to sponsor your child or children.

Along with the information profile sheet you received for your child, you should have also gotten an envelope containing our special gift bag, a specifically colored ribbon, and a cable tie. If any of these items are not in the envelope, please notify your contact person as soon as possible!

TABLETS Many wish lists continue to include "tablets". This refers to a small hand/lap held computer device, popular examples are iPad, etc. In the past, these items have been cost prohibitive. However, with so many brands, sizes, and refurbished models available, we have now included them on the wish list. They can be found at places such a Walmart, Target, KMart as well as online, and at many other stores. Some are as low as $40, and of course up. Please only do what you feel comfortable with. Thank you.

Read on for specific directions and shopping suggestions!

General Recommendations when Sponsoring PDF

Tip: We receive many, many phone calls each year that local businesses will offer discounts for this type of program. This is no guarantee, but simply a suggestion that you might try. Have your profile sheet handy and ask away!

Here are directions for packaging gifts:

Shopping Suggestions PDF

The following suggestions should help making the child or children you are sponsoring a bit easier. While some sheets are very specific, others might be very vague or even blank. This is simply due to the information that is made available to us by the caseworkers or family members. So, with this in mind, please remember that all suggestion are just that, suggestions. We ask that you do only what you feel you can.

Example: To sponsor a four year old girl, you might consider: Pajamas, mittens, socks, sweatshirt, Barbie Doll, coloring book and crayons, sweater, hair items. All for approximately $100 to $150, this will delight the child as well as assist with needs.

Infants (0-1)

  • Hats and Mittens
  • Snowsuit
  • Sleepers/Blankets
  • Diapers, baby toiletries
  • Stuffed Animals, Infant Toys

Toddlers (2-4)

  • Hats and Mittens
  • Sweatshirt/Sweat Pants
  • Pajamas
  • Books, Puzzles, Blocks, Legos
  • Baby Dolls / Cars, Trucks
  • Pre-School Toys, (age appropriate)
  • Educational/Developmental Toys

Little Girls / Boys (5-8)


  • Hats and Mittens
  • Socks, Pajamas
  • Sweatshirt/Sweat Pants
  • Barbie and accessories
  • Dolls
  • Books, Puzzles, Games


  • Hats and Mittens
  • Socks, Pajamas
  • Sweatshirt/Sweat Pants
  • Trucks, race cars
  • Books, Puzzles, Games
  • Lego Sets
  • Sports starter items

Girls / Boys (9-11)


  • Hats and Mittens
  • Socks, Night gowns
  • Sweatshirt/Sweat Pants
  • Hair items
  • Books, games
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Back-pack
  • MP3 Player


  • Hats and Gloves
  • Sweatshirt/Pants
  • Socks/Pajamas
  • Sport items
  • Books, Games, Models
  • Remote Control Toys
  • MP3 player
  • Hand-held video games
  • Back-pack

Teenage Boys / Girls


  • Hats and Mittens or Gloves
  • Sweat suit / Sweater
  • Fun Socks, Night Shirt
  • Turtlenecks
  • Jewelry
  • Grooming items
  • Books, Magazines
  • Back-pack
  • MP3 player
  • Gift Certificates


  • Hats and Gloves
  • Sweat Suit/ Sweater
  • Shirts, Turtlenecks
  • Sports Equipment
  • MP3 Player
  • Grooming items
  • Watch
  • Robe/slippers
  • Back-pack / Sports bag
  • Gift Certificates

Gift Cards

Have become a hugely popular gift. They are welcome, and allowed. A well know chain store will be your best choice for the child having access.

  • Kmart
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Hair Cuttery
  • TJ Max
  • Sports Authority
  • McDonalds
  • Old Navy (Clothing Stores)
  • Movie Theatres (AMC / Regal)
  • Best Buy
  • Staples
  • Rite Aid
  • Wawa
  • iTunes

Extra Items

Extra items for any age might include:

  • Chocolate Santa
  • Tree Ornament
  • Hair Brush
  • Batteries
  • Scarf
  • Toiletries
  • Stocking Stuffers, etc.

Family / Parent Gifts

Gifts such as food store gift cards (Acme/Shoprite/Giant), disposable cameras, movie cards, any discount department store.

Bike Sizes

Age & Wheel size:

  • 2-3 Years..... 10"-12"
  • 3-5 Years..... 14"
  • 5-8 Years..... 16"-18"
  • 7-9 Years..... 20"
  • 9-12 Years..... 24"-26"

Ever Popular Themes

Listed below are many themes/interests/needs that might help you think of other ideas for giving:

Character/TV/Movie/Book Themes

  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Sesame Street
  • Disney Princess
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Toy Story
  • Paw Patrol
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Peppa Pig
  • Daniel Tiger
  • PJ Masks
  • Action Heroes (Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Marvel etc.)
  • Avengers
  • Barbie, all new themes as well as classic
  • Incredibles 2
  • Moana
  • Frozen
  • Aladdin
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Descendants
  • Jurassic Park
  • Lego / Lego Movie

Category Themes


  • Be sure to break down by sport and team (i.e. Football, Philly Eagles or Baseball, NY Yankees

Cars and Trucks

  • Planes, trains, and automobiles!

Baby Dolls

  • Strollers and clothing accessories


  • Playing House
  • pretend kitchen and pretend food dishes, pans


  • Science fiction
  • Cook Books
  • Teen Romance
  • Age-appropriate learning and story books
  • Inspirational
  • History
  • Success stories
  • Adventure
  • Animal stories
  • The classics
  • How-to


  • Please specify groups, singer name or type of music!!

Science and/or Chemistry

Arts and Crafts

  • Beading
  • Painting
  • Klutz craft kits
  • Playdog
  • Drawing sets
  • Chalk
  • Playdoh

Video Games

  • Video Games (which console is indicated per child)


  • Hair
  • Jewelry
  • Bath and baby products
  • Hair dryers and Hot Tools
  • Perfumes


  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Legos
  • Board and card games
  • Classics such as checkers, backgammon, dominos

Sports as an Activity

Please note specific sport and favorite team, such as Philadelphia Eagles!!! If there is a special need such as left hand catcher’s mitt…Hockey, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Rugby, Inline skates, Ice Skates, Volleyball, skateboarding, biking, swimming, wrestling, street hockey… Also note helmets, gloves, sticks etc~


  • Undergarments & socks
  • Sweat suits
  • Yoga type pants and tops
  • Dress clothing
  • Gym clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Shoes
  • Snow boots
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Coat
  • Boots
  • Hat, mittens, gloves, scarf