Holiday Giving

The children are our reason for the season! Make the season bright for children and families in our care.

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About the Program

The Holiday Giving Program supports children in our care by sharing the gifts of joy and special attention as well as new toys, games, and other items during the holiday season. No matter what challenges they face, our children will feel special and loved.

As part of the world’s largest non-denominational child welfare organization, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois supports the cultural and religious traditions of every child in our care. The Holiday Giving Program is not tied to any one tradition, but rather to the spirit of love and generosity that many experience during the holiday season.

Join us in making the 2016 holiday season bright for children in our care! Visit, send in this form, or call (312)372-8200 to get started.

Ways to Give

Sponsorship Opportunities

Donate or register as a sponsor online today.

Jingle Bell Believer – Sponsor a Child

$100 Requested Donation Value per Child

Collect gifts for one child, a family of brothers and sisters, or an entire Village. Help ensure every child has a gift this year by donating new toys, games, and gift cards. Please review our Wish List and Giving Guidelines.

Gingerbread Family Friend – Sponsor a Family

$150 per Family Gift

Your gift will provide an SOS Family with a museum, park, or community center membership of their choosing, providing an entire year of learning, togetherness, and family fun.

Holiday Magic Maker – Sponsor our Holiday Festival

Sponsorships start at $500. Contact Us!

Our First Annual SOS Holiday Festival will bring together the entire SOS Illinois Family for a day of magical, meaningful family time. Your sponsorship will help cover the cost of food, transportation, entertainment, and other party essentials. Help over 300 children make happy holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Snow Day Dreamer – Sponsor a Winter Wear Drive

Any amount

Help to warm hands and hearts this winter. Sponsor a winter wear drive to collect new coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. Children in our care are all ages, so all sizes and styles of new and unused coats are accepted.

Giving Guidelines

Your gifts will make the holidays at SOS Children’s Villages Illinois very special this season. Use these guidelines to find the right gifts and make the most of your holiday preparation.

  • Jingle Bell Believers may request personalized information about the children you sponsor to make the most of your gift.
  • Due to legal restrictions, we cannot accept donations of used goods for the Holiday Giving Program. Only new toys and clothing will be accepted.
  • Donated gifts should be unwrapped.
  • Be aware of small parts in toys that may cause choking hazards for infants and toddlers.
  • We would be thrilled to support your Winter Wear or Gift Drive by sending promotional or informational materials about SOS Illinois.
  • Donations are due by Friday, December 9, 2016.
  • Contact us at (312) 372-8200 to arrange a drop-off time and location.

Wish list

Prefer online shopping? Visit our Holiday Giving Program Wish List on and ship your gifts directly to us.


Recognition – Our Thanks

We all know that it is better to give than to receive, and so we wish to express our thanks to everyone who supports our Holiday Giving Program. Everyone who participates in our Holiday Giving Program will be listed on our website and in our Winter 2016 newsletter. Additionally, our Holiday Magic Makers will be recognized in e-newsletters, social media posts, and our annual report. Please send us pictures of your holiday fun to post and share.