Each year, YMCA of the Triangle branches support neighboring families in need to brighten their holiday season. While current conditions have modified traditional plans in many cases, there are still gift-giving opportunities across the Triangle. In most cases, the children are participants in YMCA outreach programming such as Camp High Hopes, Y Learning or scholarship-supported Scholastic Support Centers.
Learn more about branch plans below and contact our staff with any questions. Thanks so much for your generous consideration.
A.E. Finley YMCA
For this year's Presents of Peace, a SignUpGenius link is available detailing the wish lists for the children. Ornaments can also be chosen and registered in the A.E. Finley YMCA welcome center. Gifts are due back to the Y by Monday, December 7 (hand-delivered or directly shipped). For additional information, contact Austin Casey.
For this year's Presents of Peace, we're asking supporters to shop from our Amazon wish lists (Gift Cards, Jackets/Coats, Games) for requested jackets, games and gift cards. Items will be shipped directly to the Y for distribution at a drive-thru event in December. Gifts are due back to the Ys by Thursday, December 10 (hand-delivered or directly shipped). For additional information, contact Sarah Peterson or Rodney McCormick.
For this year's Presents of Peace, see our SignUpGenius link for detailed requested items. Gifts are requested back to the Lakewood or Downtown Durham Ys by Sunday, December 13 to be organized for distribution. Volunteers (ages 14+) are welcome for our distribution event on Thursday, December 17, 4 - 7 p.m. at the Lakewood YMCA. For information on gift-giving and/or volunteer opportunities, please contact Nikko Tayleor.
Kerr Family YMCA
For this year's Presents of Peace, stop by our angel tree at the branch or contact Jennifer Gleason by email for assistance being matched with someone to shop for. Gifts are due back to the Y by Tuesday, December 8 (hand-delivered or directly shipped). For additional information, contact Randi Gressel. Volunteer opportunities are available for our drive-thru event on Sunday, December 13, 1 - 4 p.m. Remote "virtual" volunteer opportunities are also available. Contact Jennifer Gleason with any questions related to volunteer opportunities.
Kraft Family YMCA
For this year's Presents of Peace, we will be collecting gift cards for each child registered based on what store(s) they have indicated they would like them from. Sign-ups for specific children are available online. Card donations should be hand-delivered or directly shipped to the Y by Friday, December 11. For additional information, contact Katherine Vance.
Poole Family YMCA
Support a child in need with Poole's Virtual Angel Tree! Choose angel items - including winter hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and detailed requests - and return them to the Y with their angel numbers by December 9. For additional information, contact Beth Porter (919-987-8767).
Northwest Cary & Taylor Family YMCAs
For this year's Santa's Workshop, the Taylor Family YMCA and the Northwest Cary YMCA will be collecting gift cards for each child registered (two $25 gift cards per child) based on what store(s) they have indicated they would like them from. Or you can pick up an ornament in the branch that will have 1 or 2 gift card locations to purchase from. You may also sign up online. Card donations should be hand-delivered or directly mailed to the Y by Monday, December 14. For additional information, contact Allison Bost.