United Way of Bucks County is asking the community to help older kids and teens in need this holiday season. The organization’s annual holiday gift card drive, which runs through December 15th, provides a gift for kids who would otherwise receive nothing.
“For older kids who are not expecting to receive any gifts, a gift card means so much. They are so grateful that our community cares about them. It’s a meaningful and empowering experience for older kids to get a little something for themselves rather than be left out,” explains Danielle Bush, Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement at United Way.
Last year the gift card drive was able to serve 683 older kids and teens. This was a huge increase from the 2015 drive, which served 455 kids. This year the need is even greater. Requests from area non-profit agencies, school districts, and residents are expected to exceed 800. United Way hopes to fill all requests for gift cards that they receive.
The Holiday Gift Card Drive accepts gift cards of all denominations, starting at $5. All donations go to local teens and older kids who are experiencing a true need this holiday season. Danielle suggests that donors consider gift cards to places that teens enjoy shopping: big box and popular clothing stores, and specialty shops. A list of suggestions can be found at www.uwbucks.org/giftcarddrive.
She adds that for the first time, donors can also make a gift in someone else’s honor or memory this year. “Helping an older kid makes a great gift for that person on your list who has everything,” says Danielle. “You can make a donation to the Holiday Gift Card Drive in their honor and we will acknowledge your gift with a card and a story about a kid who got help.”
There are three ways for members of the community to help with this project: Bring gift cards to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA, 19030; mail in a check to the same address with “Gift Card Drive” on the memo line; visit www.uwbucks.org/giftcarddrive and donate online.
The website includes an option to make your gift in honor or memory of someone. Any questions can be directed to Danielle Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-949-1660, ext 112. Families looking for help through the Holiday Gift Card Drive can call 215-949-1660, ext. 105 for the Gift Card Drive Hotline.