2022 SPARK Boston Holiday Giving Guide
Building on the successful holiday household goods drive for Haitian migrants last year, the 2022-2023 SPARK Boston Council is pleased to release the 2022 SPARK Boston Holiday Guide.
This list explains where to make in-kind donations for some of Boston’s most vulnerable residents this holiday season. There is a drive for everyone, from special winter collections to year-round assistance! With so many incredible non-profits and partnerships happening now, everyone can make the season merry and bright for someone in need.
Toys for Tots
Bring new and unwrapped toys for children in need to Boston City Hall or the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center now through Tuesday, December 20!
Check out their Amazon Wishlist and purchase toys for children involved with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
ABCD Toy Drive
Become a Toy Drive Donor by arranging a donation for their Dorchester location by Friday, December 16!
Allston Brighton Toy Drive
Help Representative Mike Moran’s office provide gifts for children in the neighborhood by dropping off your unwrapped toy by Sunday, December 18.
You can provide toys for children in the hospital by dropping them off at a City of Boston Credit Union branch or by purchasing through Franciscan Children’s Amazon Wishlist.
E-13 Police Station
The Jamaica Plain station is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children aged 0 to 15, and new clothing for children aged 12 to 15.
Coat and Winter Clothing Drives
Bundle-Up New England
Donations can be made at:
- The Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory, 281 Newtonville Ave., Newton, MA (Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
- Xfinity, 1314 Commonwealth Ave., Allston, MA (Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Xfinity, 350 Washington Street, Boston, MA (Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Delta Sigma Theta Sock Drive
The Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is collecting new socks at three Black-owned businesses for Rosie's Place and Women's Lunch Place.
Donations can be made at:
- Adorn Me Africa, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville (Wed-Fri 12 - 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
- Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren Street, Roxbury (Mon-Fri 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Shea Butter Smoothies, 777 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester (Mon-Sat 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Winter Walk X Trillium Brewing
You can drop off new socks, underwear, and toiletries and get raffle tickets for a big prize at any Trillium Brewing tap room through the end of the year. Learn More about the Winter Walk Clothing Drive.
- Trillium's Fenway location at 401 Park Drive
- Trillium's Fort Point location at 50 Thomson Place
Non-Perishable Food Drives
ABCD Winter Fund
Organize a food drive with your neighbors or volunteer your cooking or delivery skills to ensure everyone can enjoy a holiday meal!
The Boston Library is collecting new, unopened spices and dried herbs to spruce up food for families in need with the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Boston Public Health Commission
The BPHC collects winter clothing, rain gear, and more December through April each year for unhoused Bostonians.
Men’s clothing (particularly underwear) and toiletries are needed at this beloved South End institution.
Pine Street Inn
Contribute to the creation of toiletry kits by dropping off requested items or purchasing items from Pine Street Inn’s Amazon Wish List.
While they accept in-kind donations year round, gift cards, toiletries, winter gear and throw blankets are in particular demand during the holidays.
St. Francis House
Drop off or purchase new or gently used every day and business casual clothing any day of the week for St. Francis House guests!
Women's Lunch Place
Personal hygiene products, emergency winter clothing, gift cards, and business supplies are always welcome at WLP Boston!