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IHYC Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving 2019

Holiday giving brings the warmth of the season to our youth participants. Each year, our advocates help youth write a wish list that is comprised of 2-3 items they would like to receive during our holiday parties, and on Christmas day (for the youth who stay in our E-beds and would like to celebrate the Christmas holiday).

We rely greatly on the generosity of our volunteers, partners and members of the community to make holiday giving a special one for each youth every year.  Holiday Giving provides you the opportunity to donate gifts, host a Giving Tree and provide a meal.

Please read the descriptions below for more information on IHYC's Holiday Giving opportunities. Thank you for your support!

 

ADOPT A FAMILY or YOUTH:

Celebrate the spirit of giving by adopting a family or a youth this holiday season. This opportunity costs approximately $75. Upon signing-up to adopt a family or a youth, you will receive the wish list and are then asked to purchase 2-3 gifts and a gift card from their wish list.

Wish lists will be emailed to sponsors by November 19th, just in time for holiday shopping. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to adopt one or more families or youth. 

Gifts for this opportunity must be delivered to 612 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA by December 13th to ensure they are here before the holiday parties.

 

DONATE A HOLIDAY BOX & BACKPACK:

This is a gift for our Outreach Youth. This opportunity costs approximately $75. These gifts help cover their immediate needs, as well as provide them with some fun personal items. Upon signing-up to donate a holiday box & backpack, you will receive an email with more information within 1-2 business days. This donation must include:

  • (1) Backpack
  • (1) Full Sized Shampoo
  • (1) Full Sized Conditioner
  • (1) Full Sized Body Wash
  • (1) Pair of Earbuds
  • (2) Snacks (Beef Jerky/Chips/Etc.)
  • (1) Full Sized Gatorade
  • (1) Winter Stocking Cap
  • (1) Pair of Winter Gloves or Mittens; scarf
  • (1) $20 gift card to HyVee, Walmart or Walgreens
  • (1) Personal Item (Make-up Kit, Perfume, Wallet, Shave Kit, Bath Set, etc.)
  • (1) Household Item (Board game, Blanket, Movies, etc.)
  • (1) Self-Care Item (Coloring Book, Journal, Fidget items, etc.)

Gifts for this opportunity must be delivered to 612 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA by December 10th to ensure they are here before the holiday parties.

 

HOST A GIVING TREE:

Schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to host a Giving Tree for Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. Please contact Development Coordinator, Blake Willadsen, at [email protected] or 515-883-2379 to reserve your IHYC Giving Tree.

As a giving tree location, you will receive paper ornaments with gift items listed on them. These ornaments will be hung on the holiday giving tree for individuals to take and to purchase and/or donate the item listed on the ornament.

Items must be collected and dropped off to IHYC located at 612 Locust Street, Des Moines by December 10th. Giving Tree items are listed under the Wish List section below. 

 
DONATE A WISH LIST ITEM 

Please consider donating a wish list item. Unwrapped items must be dropped off to IHYC located at 612 Locust Street, Des Moines by December 13th.

WISH LIST ITEMS: 

  • Backpacks/bags
  • Feminine beauty products (hair, makeup, nails)
  • Shaving kits
  • Wallets (Men's and Women's)
  • Scented Candles
  • New bed sheet sets (twin or full)
  • Pillows
  • Dish sets
  • New house ware items (pots, pans, cooking utensils)
  • Can openers
  • Small appliances (irons, toasters, crockpots, coffee makers)
  • Phone cards
  • "Fashion" items (scarves, purses, sunglasses)
  • Watches (Men's and Women's)
  • Hair Straighteners or curling irons
  • Fuzzy/fleece blankets
  • Slippers (sizes M to XL)
  • Diapers size 2 through 5
  • Headphones
  • Books for young-adults/adults
  • Gloves/Mitten (Male and Female)
  • Tampons 
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • African American hair products
  • Canned goods
  • Peanut butter
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Soup
  • Games (board games, playing cards, etc)
  • Towel sets  
  • Gift cards:  Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, Walgreens, Quik-Trip, Restaurant 
Created by:   Iowa Homeless Youth
 
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Host a Giving Tree (10)

Once your location signs up, you will receive an email to coordinate drop off of ornaments for your tree.

 
4 of 10 slots filled
Melissa Dickhaut
Katie Bell
Pure Barre West Des Moines
Magda Lippold
Shermco Industries
Aimee Yurgae
Mueller Yurgae Associates

Adopt a Family (50)

You will receive an email with more information upon signing-up

 
17 of 50 slots filled
Carlye Wellman (2)
Caroline Gathright
Laura Lockard (2)
Toby O’Berry (2)
Magda Lippold
Sara Harskamp
Laura And Mike Draper
Gracie Brandsgard
Lauren Larsen-Sadler
Nina Pressman (2)
Our book club of around 10 people would like to adopt some families. Happy to adopt a couple large families or add another family if you need.
Pamela VonHemel
Amber Watson
Aimee Yurgae

Adopt a Youth (Boy or Girl) (45)

You will receive an email with more information upon signing-up

 
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Tina Mutchler
Kelli Olson
Emma Christianson
Jennifer Crouse (Crouse Construction Services Inc)
Amanda Viggers
Andrea Dencklau (2)
Mustafa Sagun
Lori Bennett

Adopt a Girl (45)

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16 of 45 slots filled
Deb Kozel
Kelli Olson
Marcy Baker
Michelle Wilson
Karen Young
Laura Jontz
Deanna Bridges
Sara Harskamp
Melissa Zollman
Betsy Penisten
Piper LaGrange
Pamela VonHemel
Michelle Valeika (2)
Sandy Thompson
Child Support Recovery Unit Pleasant Hill

Adopt a Boy (45)

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9 of 45 slots filled
Lisa Acheson (2)
Lisa Acheson
Deb Kozel
Marcy Baker
Karen Young
Sara Harskamp
Melissa Zollman
Betsy Penisten
Child Support Recovery Unit Pleasant Hill

Donate Outreach Youth Holiday Box & Backpack (40)

You will receive an email with more information upon signing-up

 
23 of 40 slots filled
Tina Mutchler
Casie Voelker (2)
For a girl
Marcy Baker (2)
Michelle Wilson
Nicole Tenges (10)
Jami Yoder
Addam C. Medina Foundation Medina (2)
Hannah Browning
Piper LaGrange
Melinda Skjordal (2)

Donate Wish List Item (50)

You will receive an email with more information upon signing-up

 
6 of 50 slots filled
Tina Mutchler
Karen Young
Sheree Menadue
Kathy Purcell
Deanna Bridges
Child Support Recovery Unit Pleasant Hill
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