Winter Wishes



Now more than ever, we need your help to make this holiday season joyful for families in Passaic County! United Way of Passaic County's Winter Wishes Program helps families in need by providing gifts for children and families. 

This year, in order to keep everyone safe during COVID-19, this year's Winter Wishes program will be all virtual.

We invite you to review the non-profit organizations listed below and use their virtual wish lists to buy and send gifts to them.

Non-profits who would like to be added to this list can email their information to Caroline. 


Organizations Requesting Toys

Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic is requesting toys and food. Read more about their holiday plans and how you can help here

Children's Day Nursery & Family Center serves low income preschool children and their families in Passaic. Their wish list is on Target.

Center For Family Resources serves low-income children and families throughout Passaic County with Head Start program locations in Ringwood, Wayne & Clifton. They are requesting toys and socks, and their wish list is on Target.

NJ Community Development Corporation is requesting toys and food for their 27th Annual Holiday Party on Christmas Eve, benefiting hundreds of Paterson children. Check out their Amazon wish list and Target wish list.  

St Paul’s Community Development Center in Paterson is requesting toys and winter wear for children. Visit their Target wish list.

St. Peter's Haven in Clifton is requesting toys and items for children and teens, through Dec 18. Shop from their Target wish list. Gifts can also be dropped off at St. Peter's Haven every Tuesday - Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Passaic Head Start serves low income children and families in Passaic and they are requesting toys. Their wish list is on Target.

Passaic County Women’s Center supports battered women and their children with shelter and counseling. They are requesting gift cards in any amount, to help visit their Target list.

Passaic County CASA is requesting gift cards in place of toys. All gift card donations will go to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and placed in foster care in Passaic County. More information is here.

Vision de Aguila, assisting families in Haledon, Paterson, Clifton & Passaic is requesting bath products, toys and clothing for children and teens. Shop from their Target list


Sponsor a Family

St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation has a list of families with specific requests; call Christina Wolfe @ 973.710.3900, ext 448 or email: for more information.

Salvation Army - The Adopt-A-Family program connects impoverished families with individuals or groups to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Sponsors come in many shapes and sizes. They can be individuals, families, small businesses, or large corporations. Fill out the online form for more information.


Food Pantries Requesting Food

The need for food assistance has increased greatly due to pandemic unemployment. You can help food pantries that are helping families by clicking on the links below to shop.

  • Fathers Cupboard Food Pantry is located in Wanaque. View their wish list on Target.
  • St. Peter's Haven Food pantry is located in Clifton. Shop & ship non-perishable food from their wish list on Amazon:
  • Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry provides assistance in Wayne, to those in need including working families, the disabled, seniors and others in our community who may be struggling with hunger, job loss, illness, accidents, the death of a loved one, or a reduction in their living standard because of a changing economy. WIN Food Pantry is requesting food and Shoprite gift cards. More information is here


Sadly, we cannot accommodate in-person volunteering for gift sorting, holiday parties, etc. this year due to COVID-19. We hope to see you again soon! 


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