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IHYC Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving 2020

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 or provide a meal.

Please read the descriptions below for more information on IHYC's Holiday Giving opportunities. This year there are contactless drop off opportunities on select dates. Is your workplace or faith based group not meeting in person? This year your organization/group can host a virtual giving tree and donate gifts online without shopping or having to drop off items. 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 no later than November 20th, 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 14th to ensure they are here before the holiday parties.

 

DONATE A HOLIDAY BOX & BACKPACK:

This is a gift for our Outreach Youth who are likely housing unstable. 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 14th 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. You choose the number of tags you are comfortable with and within what price range, then we will supply the tags. 

Want to host a virtual giving tree? You choose the number of tags you are comfortable with and within what price range, then we will create a curated amazon wish list of items that are of most need. Members of your group are free to browse and purchase what you'd like and then all items will automatically be shipped to our Youth Opportunity Center (612 Locust). 

Items must be collected and dropped off to IHYC located at 612 Locust Street, Des Moines by December 11th. 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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Available Slot

Host a Giving Tree

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

 
2 slots filled - more available
Danielle Carlson
Shermco Industries would like to do the Virtual Tree
Tesha Korsching
Sporting U17 A1 Girls Soccer Team

Donate Outreach Youth Holiday Box & Backpack

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

 
47 slots filled - more available
Amanda Briggs
Lori Miller (2)
Kris Schechinger-Camper (2)
Marcy Baker (2)
Julianne Primmer (3)
Kelly Victor
Chanelle Dighton
Anna Downey
Lexi Faber (2)
Tammi Denbow (2)
Andrea Dencklau (2)
Kassie Ricklefs
Alejandra Rocha
Central Iowa Alumna Association
Laura
Angie Jackson
Mary Oliver
Kristin Esche (2)
Linda Meraz
Tricia Kell
Nayshea Rice
Peter Johannsen
Sierra Hargens
Liz Sheka (2)
Lori Bennett
Laura Draper (2)
theresa knight
Theresa McClure
James Demmon (2)
Kendra Covington
A Stoelk (2)
Scherr Contracting
Maddy Franzen
Brooke Timmer (2)

Adopt a Family - ALL SLOTS FILLED (31)

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

 
All slots filled
Andrea Dencklau
claire scholl
Katie Carlson
Jaime Yowler
Pamela VonHemel
Trudy Holman Hurd
Michelle Wilson
Kristin Alvarez
Kellie Gries
Suzy Coen (2)
PAT FABER
Teri Franzen
Andrea Dencklau
Karen Young
Karen Young
Michelle Howard
Ellen Hungerford
Ashley Meza
Joseph Barrett
Hi Blake...I'm in
Pamela VonHemel (2)
Samantha Schwarz
Tracy Fodroczi
Magda Lippold
Lindsay Lang
Theresa Humphreys
Tesha Korsching
Jeff Kaman
Barbara Utesch
Amber Watson

Adopt a Youth (Boy or Girl) - ALL SLOTS FILLED (45)

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

 
All slots filled
Amanda Briggs
Cara Whipple
Mariah Robinson
Kelly Victor
Robbin McClelland
Betsy Penisten (2)
Alana Harrington
Jennifer Crouse
Angie Jackson
TERESA BAZZOCCO
Casey Van Andel
Donny Ruenprom
Elizabeth Zaletel
Jennifer Boes
Kyle Briese (8)
I'm happy to sign up for 8 youth
Michelle Bowden (2)
One of each please.
Laura Lockard (2)
Lisa Kehoe
Emma Runde
Jessica Cezar
Manisha Paudel
Jen Schulte
Brady Peck
Kelly Steer (2)
One of each please
Kim Schmidt (3)
Tim Beauchamp
Brenda Kliethermes
Richelle Lowery (4)
Brent Nery
Happy holidays!

Adopt a Girl-ALL SLOTS FILLED (33)

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

 
All slots filled
Theresa McClure
Darcy Hosier
Deb Kozel
Marcy Baker
Trudy Holman Hurd (3)
Michelle Wilson
Amanda Viggers
Amanda Kuhn (2)
Melissa Zollman
Laura Jontz
Ashley Temple
Brittany Hedstrom (2)
Tesha Korsching
Nona Moore (2)
Barbara Utesch
Danielle Carlson
Pat Faber
Toby OBerry
Dina Bechman
Nayshea Rice
Marilyn Amadeo
Child Support Recovery Unit Pleasant Hill
Amy Saylor
Alex Erickson
Lexi Carr
AJ Olson
Lori Bennett
Linda Dencklau

Adopt a Boy-ALL SLOTS FILLED (20)

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

 
All slots filled
Theresa McClure
Darcy Hosier
Deb Kozel
Mustafa Sagun
Marcy Baker
Melissa Zollman
Ashley Temple
Brittany Hedstrom (2)
Hannah Thompson
Tesha Korsching
Tracy May (2)
Barbara Utesch
Danielle Carlson (2)
Kelsey Ries
Toby OBerry
Peter Johannsen
Child Support Recovery Unit Pleasant Hill
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