Make a child’s wish come true and spread cheer this holiday season! Holiday Helper is a program that gives Illinois State students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to provide gifts and parties for over 200 underprivileged children in the Bloomington-Normal community. Participation is available in the following ways:
Gift Sponsorship: Volunteers can choose one or multiple children from one of our four partner local agencies and purchase gifts based on that child’s top three wants and needs (valuing approximately $40). Come to the Leadership and Community Connections office in Student Services Building room 130 to sponsor a child today.
Wrap and Pack: Volunteer to help wrap the gifts donated through Holiday Helper. Wrapping takes place November 30 from 6–9 p.m. in the Student Services Building. Supplies will be provided.
Parties: Holiday Helper parties will be held December 3 for children in the community and to distribute the gifts collected through Holiday Helper. Student volunteers are needed to help with activities for the children.
“This is a simple and selfless opportunity for students to give back to our local community,” said Colton Johnson, graduate assistant in Leadership and Community Connections.