Many of us have fond memories of opening presents and celebrating the holidays with family and friends. These touching moments strengthen the bond between generations, set a strong foundation for the family to grow, and give us a model to build future relationships.
The youth served by Valley Youth House lack support from their families and turn to us for help. Through the generosity of individuals, businesses, and community organizations, Valley Youth House makes the holidays brighter for our neediest clients. Over 1,000 youth receive holiday presents annually, thanks to our generous donors.
Thank you to the generous individuals who supported the holiday gift drive in 2016! We will be sending out our wishlists for 2017 in the fall. Please feel free to sign up now, and you will be contacted when the wish lists are available.
If you want to help NOW: we are adding popular items asked for by our youth to Amazon, where you can choose one or more items to donate by adding them to your cart. Upon checking out, Amazon will ship the item(s) directly to our office for distribution to our youth throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Gift cards will be distributed to youth who have very recently entered a VYH program and were unable to complete a wish list, or to youth whose wish lists were not matched with a donor. We also utilize gift cards to purchase tickets or experiences for young people, like a professional sports game, recreational activity like skiing, cultural trips to museums, and other experiences. You may drop off or ship gift cards to your nearest VYH location.
The winter in Pennsylvania can be harsh, and our youth need winter hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens to stay warm during the holidays and beyond. Whether handmade or store bought, knowing that someone cares about you when it’s freezing outside can make all the difference. Please consider donating winter gear through our Amazon Wish List or be shipping items to/dropping items off to your local VYH office.
Donations will help us to provide gifts for ALL youth being served by Valley Youth House, even if their wish list is not matched with a donor. In previous years, these funds were used to purchase everything from winter coats to laptops to headphones to pots and pans. Monetary donations are vital to ensuring that each and every one of our young people receives a gift for the holidays. Click here to donate now.