Samaritan House Holiday Program


Every year thousands of children and adults receive food, toys, books and warm coats in November and December, all donated by the community through Samaritan House. Last year, Samaritan House gave more than 5,000 toys and over 500 new coats to more than 1,000 children in our community at our Holiday Toy Shop. This year our goal is to give every child who comes to our Holiday Toy Shop, a new coat.

Samaritan House’s 2016 Holiday Program is in full swing. If you’d like to be a part of the magic, here are ways that you and your family can help out:

DONATE TOYS  New, unwrapped toys such as dolls, Legos, craft kits , action figures, and sporting equipment sportswear are great! We especially need large toys for girls ($50). Visit our Amazon Wish List and send a toy donation directly to Samaritan House with the click of a button!

RUN A CHILDREN’S COAT OR TOY DRIVE  Use our Holiday Drive Toolkit to run your very own Community Donation Drive to benefit Samaritan House. Check out the PDFs and other templates we’ve put together for you to use during your drive.

FAMILY AND SENIOR SHARING PROGRAM  Once you fill out an application, you’ll be matched with a family or senior/s and you will provide them food and toys/gifts for the holidays. You will deliver the items directly to the people’s homes.

RUN A GIFT DRIVE  The holidays are not just for children. More than 1,000 of our adult clients are in need of clothing, toiletries, work clothes and more.

DONATE MONEY   Donate to Samaritan House online, right now and even choose what you want to support.

—-GIFT CARDS FOR TEENS—- We have 330 teens registered for our Toy Shop. Teens are past their toys phase, and many parents are unable to afford gifts. We need 170 more $20 Target gift cards so our teens can pick out something special for themselves.

—-COATS FOR ALL AGES—- We need NEW coats for children, size toddler through teen. We accept clean, nearly new coats for adults that are not more than five years old.  This Winter could be an especially wet one, and Samaritan House has a shortage of new (or nearly new) coats to keep our clients warm.

Donations can be brought directly to our headquarters; 4031 Pacific Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94403. For more information on our holiday program, visit HOLIDAY PROGRAM


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