Holiday Gifts of the Heart

Every holiday season, Volunteers of America-Greater New York holds several drives to make the holidays special for the people we serve. From giving toys to children who are homeless, to helping families put food on the table, and giving warm and wonderful presents to the frail elderly, our Gifts of the Heart holiday campaigns brighten the season for many in need. As a generous supporter, you can make the difference for those in need this holiday season. Thank you to all supported this campaign last year, without whom these programs would not be possible.

Hope and Hearth Holiday Food Vouchers are given to families who are homeless and others in our care who are in need. These food vouchers act as cash in supermarkets and allow recipients to shop for and prepare a meal that is special to them rather than have to rely on a food pantry or soup kitchen for their holiday meal. You can donate directly to Hope & Hearth here.

Toys for the Holidays is our holiday gift drive for children living in our homeless and domestic violence shelters and in our youth group homes. We also make sure the preschoolers at our Early Learning Center in the Bronx receive gifts as these children and their families are also in need.

Burt and Barbara's Gifts of the Heart is a year-round program that is especially meaningful during the holiday season. Our goal is to ensure that every adult in our care who lives by him/herself, has no involved family, and runs the risk of being alone during the holidays will not be forgotten. Recipients of these gifts include the elderly, formerly homeless veterans, and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Please visit our Amazon Wishlist to select toys and gifts for your holiday drives and they will be sent directly to us.

For more information about any of these campaigns, contact

We are always grateful for gifts of cash as it allows us the flexibility to use it where it is most needed. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call, let us know how you would like to direct your gift and we can take your credit card over the phone and ensure it will be used to brighten the holidays of someone in need.​