Joy of Giving

Center for Hope Outreach Programs 

The annual Joy of Giving event will be held Saturday, December 14th at Charis Community Church, 1306 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL. Pre-registration is required, beginning Nov 11th, by calling the Center for Hope at 309-808-3742. This event offers families the opportunity to share in giving thus enjoying one of the most wonderful parts of Christmas. Youth, ages 5-12, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian, can participate in various fun and challenging activities in order to “earn” spending tickets. Afterwards, they can “purchase” gifts for family and friends on their shopping list from the Joy Store. They even wrap their own gifts and make their own cards. Parents and guardians have fun, as well, while waiting on their little ones by creating a craft or two of their own.

Joy of Giving 2019

Volunteers & Supplies Needed Year-Round for Joy of Giving Event

Center for Hope Outreach Programs–The Center for Hope is now accepting donations of unwrapped & new toys, craft items, books, games, ceramics, blankets, gift wrap supplies, and greeting cards for their annual Joy of Giving event. Volunteers are needed to help the children while they shop, make their cards, and wrap their gifts. Please call 808-3742 to sign up. (Gift Ideas listed below)

Boxed board and card games for all ages
DollsStuffed Animals (Include diverse ethnicities)
Craft and Art Sets-All ages-Art, beads, nail & manicure, yarn, etc.)
Toy Vehicles-(Hot Wheels, Air Hogs, Remote Control Cars, etc.) (include batteries where needed)
Building sets, (Lego, K’nex, Gears, Meccano, etc.) (Please no sets with magnetic marbles)
Books, Puzzles, Word Search, Adult and Children’s Coloring books, crayons, colored pencils
Electronic Gifts (Karaoke, Ear plugs, headphones, flash drives, batteries, selfie sticks)
Clothing –(Gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, slippers etc.)
Jewelry-(bracelets, charms, earrings, watches, etc.)
Tools-(multi-tools, flashlights, screwdriver kits, retractable tape measures, etc.)
Educational Toys-Science kits, Magic Kits, Robotikits, Microscopes, etc.)
Gift Cards-(All Types)

For more information please contact us at:

Center for Hope Outreach Programs
1308 E. Empire St.
Bloomington, IL 61701