I have had the pleasure of working with AFAM during last years Toy Drive!! The energy was amazing, and the work even more amazing.
L. Lewis, Volunteer and Donor
Baby receiving gift from Santa

Holiday Drive Program

Each year Advocates for Adolescent Mothers collects toys and outerwear for homeless young moms and their children for Christmas. Many of the homeless youth who benefit from this program would not receive Christmas gifts if our program did not exist. Since 2011, we have provided approximately 850 toys and 400 coats to homeless youth at 9 Chicago area nonprofits.

There are 3 components of our Holiday Drive Program: Collection/Drive, Holiday Social, and Holiday Party.

During the collection phase of our Holiday Drive Program collection sites are established at various Chicagoland locations for approximately one month. During our collection, we request and accept donations of new children toys (from infant to age 13), and new and gently used, clean coats, hats, gloves, and scarves, for young mothers and their children.

Individuals are also able to adopt a child or sponsor an entire family, to grant children’s specific toy wishes, and/or donate outerwear for both young moms and their babies. We have found that our donors become particularly excited about the ability to meet the needs of a specific family or child. Email us if you would like to be added to our list of donors to sponsor a family or grant a child’s toy wish! It’s never too early to get on our list of Holiday Drive Program donors!

The collection phase of our Holiday Drive Program culminates with our Holiday Social, a festive gathering among adult professionals. Guests enjoy light appetizers, music, networking, and the opportunity to learn more about AFAM.

The final phase of our Holiday Drive Program is our Holiday Party, where we personally distributed to toys and outerwear collected to the children and their mothers. The moms and babies are provided brunch and have the opportunity to engage in meaningful play with one another.

We are always seeking volunteers to help us with gift wrapping. Email us for greater details.

Our Holiday Drive Program provides fantastic sponsorship opportunities. Becoming a sponsor of our Holiday Drive Program is a great way to brighten the holidays for homeless and underprivileged youth who might not receive Christmas gifts otherwise. Contact us to become a sponsor of our Holiday Drive Program!