Holiday Giving
Volunteer & Donations

Help give the women, men, and families currently at Van Buren Center a reason to smile and feel joy this Holiday Season. 

Learn about our holiday volunteer and donations opportunities on this page. 

Shelter Donation Needs

Support the Van Buren Center by donating essential and seasonal items we are in need of year-round for our guests.
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Santa's Workshop Wish List

Help us make the holidays special for the children at Van Buren and purchase a toy for our Holiday Workshop.

Target Wish List Click HERE to view.
Amazon Wish List Click HERE to view.

Volunteer Opportunites

Click the image on each date to sign-up to volunteer or email [email protected] for more information. 




Family Holiday Party

Pictures with Santa, games,
and crafts!

Van Buren Center

595 Van Buren Dr. 




Santa's Workshop

*Multiple dates and times

Van Buren Center

595 Van Buren Dr.




Christmas Eve & Day Meal Service

Serve dinner to our men,
women, and families. 

Van Buren Center

595 Van Buren Dr.

Holiday Workshop

Since 2017, the Van Buren Center has offered families staying in our shelter a magical gift where the parents are empowered, uplifted, and given hope during the holiday season and when what would normally be a stressful and worriesome time of year for any family experiencing a homeless crisis.  

A room in our facility that is used January-November as a storage space is transformed for the month of December into a Winter Wonderland. The donations we receive from our Holiday Giving Drive are used in our Winter Wonderland Store for the families. Parents sign up for an appointment slot and then with the help of our Elves (volunteers), go through the store and pick out up to 6-7 new toys, a blanket, books and coloring books, clothing & shoes, underwear, and socks for each child in their family.  Then together with the Elves (volunteers), the parents wrap each gift and get to leave with their own special gift as well. On Christmas morning, parents get to see the look of excitement and joy on their child's face as they receive and open the gifts that their parent personally selected with their child in mind.  





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Seasonal Donation Needs

Winter Coats

*New* All sizes are needed for Adult Men, Women, children, and infants.

Help make sure the men, women, and children at Van Buren Center stay warm this winter by donating new coats.

Hand Warmers

Hot Hands-Hand Warmers

Many of our guests do not have cars and rely on the bus for transportation. Help us make sure they stay protective this winter.


*New* Sizes needed for Adult Men and Women M, L, XL, 2X, & 3X

Some of the men and women who enter our shelter arrive with only the clothes on their back. Help us make sure our guests stay warm this winter.

Hygiene Items

-Travel Size Shampoo & Conditioner
-Travel Size Bar Soap or Body Wash
-Deodorant (Men/Women)
-Shaving Cream (Men/Women)
-Hair Brushes/ Combs

Baby Items:
-Baby Formula
-Diapers (Sizes 4, 5, and 6 Needed)
-Baby Wipes

Amazon Wish List

Linens & Undergarments

-Sheets/Pillow Cases
-Underwear (Adult Men/Women All Sizes Needed)
-Underwear (Children Sizes: 4, 6, 10, 12, and 14) -Depends (Men/Women All Sizes Needed)

Amazon Wish List