We appreciate your advocacy for our children! COVID-19 has caused many challenges and disruptions and despite these, Guardians ad Litem have not missed connecting our children to the resources they need. COVID-19 will continue to have a significant impact on our ability to provide at the holidays this year. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to make holiday magic for our neediest children and teens!
Here are the basics:
(Here is a PDF of the questions in case you would like to see them prior to speaking with your kiddo(s))
2. We provide donors with your wish list for items - most donors will not be shipping them directly you this year, but we do have a couple that would prefer this option.
3. GAL will pickup gifts at a designated location and then drop off gifts at child’s placement.
4. We are currently planning for a toy workshop in each county this year...stay tuned.
Please read the FAQS below in their entirety prior to filling out the form.
The Nomination Form is now closed. To submit a late request, use this form: https://galf.wufoo.com/forms/2021-holiday-magic-late-form/.
We will do our best to find a donor for your child and if we are unable to, you are welcome to shop for them at the holiday workshop.
If you want to create a wishlist on Amazon here's how:
If you do want to try, but aren't sure how to do it, here is a step by step guide that will walk you through it.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the average gift amount per child to help me come up with a realistic list with my GAL child? The average gift amount for all items will be $100. If you request an item of clothing, shoes or diapers, please include the child’s size. Please make sure that the items that your child requests are within this cost parameter. If you are unsure how much an item costs, please google it to confirm it falls within the cost guidelines.
Can I request one item for $100? Yes, you may request one item that is $100, rather than 3 items that total $100—but please recognize that this could cause your list not to be chosen. In our experience, donors want a variety of items to choose from, rather than one item and many of our donors have financial limitations this year just like our families.
What about a bike? My GAL child really wants a bike but it might be more than $100. We do have donors that love purchasing bikes. If your child would like a bike, you may request it as one of your 3 items and we will try to get a donor who will provide it. If you do request a bike, your other two items should be a helmet and a lock.
Are there items that won't get purchased? Yes. Please don't include the following on your lists: video game systems, violent video games, electric riding toys, hoverboards, guns, vapes and phones-these items will not be included on wish lists sent to donors.
The only thing my child wants is a gift card, what do I do? At this time, we don't have many donors that are willing to give a gift card. We cannot guarantee that a child’s wish list will be chosen if that is what is requested. Gift cards are not provided for children under 12.
My child won’t get any other gifts this holiday if I am unable to get them through the gift drive. There is a question on this year’s form that asks you for the level of need. As long as the parameters of the list are followed, we are confident that we will be able to serve all children who are the neediest. If the family/placement in which your child is placed does not need help, please do not requests gifts this year so that we can ensure our neediest children get the help they need. You will be welcome to pick up some items at one of our holiday workshops.
Will all children be chosen to get gifts through the holiday gift drive? We will do everything possible to ensure that every child will get holiday gifts, but we are unable to guarantee that. You want to make sure your child’s wish list is something that a donor would be willing to provide. For example, a list of three items for donors to choose, will be more attractive to most donors than a list with just one item at $100. Here is an example of a sample wish list request: Colin is 7 and is a sweet, engaging little boy. He’s had some struggles because of the severe neglect in the first 5 years of his life but he is helpful, kind and tries really hard to be a “big boy.” Colin loves Paw Patrol & PJ Masks. Items wanted: Paw Patrol, Marshall’s Fire Engine $9.84; Learning Resources Pretend and Play Cash Register $33.47; PJ Masks Deluxe 14 Piece Figure Set $50.98
My child is placed with a relative caregiver who has a child of her own and struggling to make ends meet. Can I put that child on the list as well? No. We recognize many children in care are placed in a family that could use help for their own children as well, but this year we are unable to meet this need through wish list fulfillment. You will be welcome to shop at a holiday workshop for other children in the home.
Can children without a GAL be put on a list? What about a child who is no longer in the GAL Program because the child has been reunified, adopted or case is closed with Permanent Guardianship, can they be put on the list? No. We recognize many children without a GAL and/or children that used to have a GAL might still need help at the holidays, but this year we are unable to meet this need through our wish list fulfillment. We are currently planning to have a holiday workshop in each county and there are plenty of organizations equipped to assist and we will be coordinating efforts so no child goes without.
Pickup & Delivery to Children:
How do I find out how I will get the gifts and/or if my child has been chosen? We will send an email to all GALS/CAMS who submitted a wish list no later than the week of November 8th. This email will include details about whether or not your gifts will be delivered to you and/or where and when you will need to pick up your gifts. If your child has not been assigned a donor at that time, we will let you know that as well. We will continue to look for holiday donors for children up until the week of December 14th and we will keep you informed along the way. Please get your wish list in as soon as possible and no later than October 17th. We can not guarantee that last minute wish lists will be able to be accommodated as we have attempted to do in prior years.
How will I get the gifts? Most GALs will pick up their gifts from a particular location to be announced as it gets closer. We do have a few donors that prefer to mail gifts directly to the GAL and we will attempt to match up those donors with the GALS that would prefer that option.
I do not want to provide my address can I provide the caregiver’s? No, we are unable to ship directly to the caregiver’s home. Our donors have specifically requested that gifts get shipped to the GAL at a safe location so that the GAL can make the delivery to the child/family.
My child was selected for a donor but now has moved, what do I do? The gifts will come to you and you will figure out how to get them to the child.
Will you reimburse for postage if I need to mail the gifts? No, we are unable to reimburse for postage.
Can I buy gifts and be reimbursed? No. We are unable to reimburse for holiday gifts.
Late Shelter Children/Children not submitted by October 17th:
What if I get assigned a child (Late Shelter) after the Wish List Nominations have closed? We are currently planning to have a holiday workshop in each county and there are plenty of organizations equipped to assist and we will be coordinating efforts so no child goes without.
If I don't put in a wish list, how can I get gifts for my children? We are currently planning to have a holiday workshop in each county and there are plenty of organizations equipped to assist and we will be coordinating efforts so no child goes without.
I want to help with the holiday gift drive this year, how can I do that? We will need lots of people to help with our gift drive this year, so thank you for your interest! We commit to providing you the information and access to the things you need to be able to be successful. In particular, we will need volunteers who can help:
Please reach out to Tawnee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about volunteering with this year’s holiday gift drive.