Make Christmas Brighter with Presents of Peace

Monday, November 6, 2017

You can help make Christmas a little brighter this year for families in need. Join the YMCA of the Triangle in providing a Christmas shopping opportunity for families in our outreach programs. 

Presents of Peace

Through Presents of Peace, we partner with families in our community to make the gift-giving tradition at Christmas special for everyone. Our Presents of Peace celebrations will be filled with shopping, wrapping, treats and fellowship. Families in our outreach education programs can visit our Y branches and shop for toys, clothing and books and pay as little as 10% of the original purchase price.

Participating YMCA Branches

A.E. Finley YMCA
Donate a gift to Presents of Peace by choosing an item from one of the angel trees decorated throughout the branch starting Nov. 18. Please drop gifts off at the Y no later than Tuesday, Dec. 5 so we can sort and organize them. Please leave all gifts unwrapped. Volunteer to help at the Presents of Peace celebration on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 12 - 3 p.m. Help create a meaningful experience as one of our "elves" by helping restock our store or wrapping gifts. Contact Austin Branch at Austin.Branch@YMCATriangle.org for more information.

Alexander Family YMCA
Donate a gift to Presents of Peace by choosing an item from one of the angel trees decorated throughout the branch starting November 18. Please drop unwrapped gifts off at the Y no later than Tuesday, Dec. 12.  Volunteer at our Presents of Peace celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 2 - 7 p.m. Help create a meaningful experience as one of our "elves" by helping restock our store or wrapping gifts. Click here to sign up! For more information, contact Sarah Peterson at Sarah.Peterson@ymcatriangle.org.

Chatham YMCA
Beginning Nov. 11, you can stop by and pick a tag from a Christmas Tree. Shop for a child in our community and return unwrapped gifts by Dec. 8 to the branch. For information or to volunteer, contact Sarah.Wright@YMCATriangle.org.

Durham YMCAs
Beginning Friday, Nov. 17, you can stop by any Durham Y branch and pick a tag from a Christmas tree. Shop for a child in our community and return unwrapped gifts by Dec. 8 to your branch. If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity, join us on Saturday, Dec. 16 to decorate, wrap presents and help families shop for gifts! For information or to volunteer, contact Patrice.Johnson@YMCATriangle.org.

Ingram Family YMCA
Take an ornament from the tree in the lobby beginning November 20. Purchase gifts for the child you choose and bring the unwrapped presents back to the branch by Wednesday, December 13. For additional information, please contact Jamie Roberts

Kerr Family YMCA
Donate a gift to Presents of Peace by choosing an item from one of the angel trees decorated throughout the branch starting Friday, Nov. 17. Please drop gifts off at the branch no later than Tuesday, Dec. 12 and leave all gifts unwrapped. Volunteer to help at the Presents of Peace celebration on Sunday, Dec. 17 beginning at 3 p.m. Help create a meaningful experience as one of our "elves" by helping restock our store or wrapping gifts. Click here to sign up to help out on Dec. 17. Contact Gary Eaton at Gary.Eaton@YMCATriangle.org for more information.

Kraft Family YMCA
Beginning Monday, Nov. 13 you can donate gifts by choosing an item from our angel trees decorated throughout our branch. Please return gifts unwrapped by Dec. 8. Contact Beth Porter at Beth.Porter@YMCATriangle.org for more information. 

Northwest Cary and Taylor Family YMCAs
Northwest Cary and Taylor Family YMCAs outreach program is called Santa's Workshop. Families in outreach programs are invited to Santa's Workshop to buy clothes and toys at greatly discounted prices ($1-2 per item). Ornaments representing the children we serve are currently available at both branches. Stop by either the Taylor Family YMCA (trees and table located at the top of the main staircase near the group exercise studio and locker rooms) or Northwest Cary YMCA (tree and table are located across from the welcome center kiosks). Select your ornament(s) and register them in the accompanying notebook.

Gift Return Instructions - Return by December 12.

  1. Write your name next to your ornament # in the notebook
  2. Include a complete outfit and 2 toys (see recommendations by age)
  3. Return the gift UNWRAPPED in a trash bag to the Welcome Center
  4. Clearly write the ornament # on the trash bag of gifts you return

Santa's Workshop
The main event will be Saturday, December 16, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Cary YMCA. An online volunteer sign-up link is on its way, so stay tuned. Contact Allison Bost at Allison.Bost@YMCATriangle.org, 919-653-2384 for more information.