The holidays should be a special time for every child,
and each year the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay
organizes a holiday gift drive to meet this need.
Children are chosen by their volunteer Guardians based on the economic need of the family.
If you want to make a donation of a new, unwrapped gift for a child this holiday season, we are now accepting donations for our Holiday Toy Workshops in November 2019--
more than 600 children will be served through one of two Holiday Workshops!
HOLIDAY GIFT NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
WE WILL HAVE TOY WORKSHOPS IN BOTH COUNTIES FOR YOU TO "SHOP" FOR NEW ITEMS FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND TEENS!
Shopping will be first come, first served, no early "shopping" will be allowed.
PASCO COUNTY GALS
If you submitted a wishlist and are able to travel to Pinellas County to pick up your gifts, you can find your Pick Up Location here (after November 9, 2018)
If you submitted a wish list but are unable to travel to Pinellas County for a pickup, we will be using your list to inform our toy workshop donors on what to purchase so that the items your child would like can be found at the toy workshop on Saturday, December 14th at Aripeka Elks Club 9135 Denton Avenue Hudson, FL.
Thanks to the generosity of the Aripeka Elks, there will be hot dogs, chips and soda, as well as, cookies and cocoa at our Pasco Workshop.
Caregivers and children are invited. If you as a GAL are unable to come, the caregiver must be prepared to give your name, and the child's names for whom they are shopping. We will have some bicycles available at the workshop--if the caregiver will not be in attendance, please check with her/him to make sure it is ok for your GAL child to have a bicycle prior to picking one up.
Please note, this event is for children who are not being served by other toy drives, so please be considerate of those children
who will not have any gifts to open this holiday season and don't "double dip".
On behalf of the Pasco Children's Committee, we appreciate all you do for our children.
PINELLAS COUNTY GALS
If you submitted a wish list, you should have received an email regarding your pick up location on November 9, 2019.
The Holiday Workshop will be held on Thursday, December 13th 2018 at ICOT Office 14102 58th St. N Clearwater, FL from 3:00pm - 6:00pm.
GAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I find out where I need to go to pickup my child's gifts? If you submitted a wish list and a pickup date, you were sent an email with your pickup location on November 9th. As it gets closer, we will send a reminder email/text as well.
I filled out the Pasco County Form but I am unable to travel to Clearwater or St. Petersburg to pickup gifts, what's next? First, thank you for filling out the form! We will be using the information you gave us to help our donors for the holiday toy workshop better understand the likes, wants and needs of our children. We are looking forward to a robust Holiday Workshop in both counties and your lists have helped our donors immensely. We anticipate this year our Holiday Workshops will be better than ever.
The only thing my child wants is a giftcard, what do I do? We provide giftcards for children at the holiday who are 11 years old and older. We never know how many gift cards we will receive until it gets closer to the holidays, however, so gift cards are never guaranteed. Please ask your CAM at the Holiday Workshop if you are unable to find anything for your older child at the workshop.
My child is placed with a relative caregiver who has a child of her own and struggling to make ends meet. Can I "shop" for her children too? Yes. We recognize many children in care are placed along with their siblings with a family member or non-relative caregiver who may not be financially capable to care for additional members of the household.
What kind of items will there be at the Holiday Workshop? We will have all kinds of toys, clothing, body care products, games and even items like bikes and tablets. In past years, there has always been something for everyone. For fairness, it is first come, first served and there will be no early "shopping" allowed.