Local residents and businesses are invited to help make the holidays brighter for struggling families in Monmouth County by giving to The Community YMCA’s annual holiday gift drive.

Coordinated by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, the holiday gift drive helps to ensure that many of the county’s neediest children and their families can experience the joy and surprise of the holiday season.

In 2017, the Y was able to distribute more than $90,000 in gifts to over 500 children served by the Y’s Counseling & Social Services team. Y elves are busy now, collecting gifts to be distributed in time for the holidays.

Help Make a Child’s Holiday Bright


Community members may “adopt” a family or child and help provide gifts from their “wish lists.”  Anyone who would like to participate in the Adopt-a-Family program will be able to choose a child or family.

Gift Donations

Unwrapped toys and gift cards are welcomed and may be dropped off at the following Y locations during business hours until Dec. 10, 2018:

  • The Community YMCA Admin Office, 170 Patterson Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
  • YMCA Counseling & Social Services, 613 Hope Road, Building 4, 2nd Floor, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Amazon Wish List 

Purchase a child’s gift from the Y’s Wish List on Amazon.com. To view the Wish List, simply go to bit.ly/YMCAHoliday.

Giving Tree

Local businesses are invited to display a “giving tree” and encourage their employees to participate by selecting an ornament with a child’s gift wish, and returning the gift by Dec. 10, 2018.

Learn more.

For more information on how you can donate or set up a “giving tree,” please call Emily Cooper at 732.544.4544, ext. 436.