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 About Celebration

Unwrapping the spirit for more than 68 years!

Our mission is to provide children and families served by Catholic Charities and those in need with gifts and necessities during the holiday season. Celebration of Giving will touch the lives and bring joy to many families who may not have been able to celebrate the holidays. 

During our 2015 event, through the collection of donations from individuals, corporations and organizations, Catholic Charities distributed gifts and toys to more than 25,000 children and families.

Thank you to our devoted Celebration of Giving
committee & sponsors!

Please click here to donate to Catholic Charities

To place online orders and ship to Catholic Charities Click Here 

For more information about the program please call our Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email us

 How You Can Help

How you can help

Donate Toys

Catholic Charities 69th annual Toy Shower invites children to experience the joy, magic and spirit of the holidays by providing each child with gifts – new, unwrapped toys in their original packaging – collected from December 1 through 14. Please donate a toy, sponsor a Catholic Charity Children’s Center holiday event, or host a toy-gathering party with your friends, family, or colleagues.


We invite families, companies and individuals to sponsor families who are most in need by fulfilling their basic wishes for clothing, household items, books or school supplies. Take the opportunity to help one of the hundreds of families seeking assistance through Sponsor-a-Family.  We ask that you spend $75 per family member to help make holiday wishes come true. To sponsor a family, call our hotline, email us, or complete & return the attached form.  Please let us know what size family fits your budget so we can match your generosity with the appropriate family.

Financial Support

Become a much-needed financial supporter and assist Catholic Charities with costs of distributing gifts. To contribute, please donate online or complete and return the attached form with your donation.


Volunteers are an essential part of the Celebration of Giving! We invite families, friends, school groups, corporate groups, and individuals to spread the Christmas Spirit by Sponsoring Catholic Charities children’s shelter events, organizing Christmas Toy Drives, sorting and packaging gifts at our “Santa’s Workshop” located downtown Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, or initiating gift drives for Christmas parties.

Please click here to donate to Catholic Charities

To place online orders and ship to Catholic Charities Click Here 

For more information about the program or how to Donate Toys, Sponsor-a-Family, provide Financial Support, and Volunteer, please call the Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email

 Sponsor Drop-off

Toys 1-3 (Toddlers):  
• Bath toys, “Bunnies by the Bay” plush toys
• Disney stuffed / plush animals
• Fischer Price toys
• Large-size blocks (Duplo Legos)
• Light and Sound toys
• Little Tikes toys
• Play Doh
• Pull/Push toys
• VTech Sleepytime Bear

Toys 3-4:  
• 12-14” Kids Bikes, Tricycle/Big Wheel, 3-Wheeled Scooter, 
• Barbie Dolls and accessories 
• Chubby Puppies
• Dolls (all ethnicities), 
• Fisher-Price Imaginext (SpongeBob, Batman, etc.)
• Fisher-Price Wheelies
• Home Depot Workshop Play Set
• LeapFrog “LeapTop”
• Legos “Duplo” line
• Little Tikes Basketball Goal
• Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Toys
• Plush Disney’s Frozen dolls
• Toy cars, fire trucks, train sets, planes

Toys 5-7:
• 16-18” Bike, Tricycle/Big Wheel, Scooter
• Despicable Me Toys
• Disney’s Frozen Dolls and toys
• Ever After High
• Hot Wheels
• Lego Sets (Batman, Captain America, etc.)
• Minecraft Toys
• Monster High Dolls
• Nerf guns/swords
• Skylander
• Superhero Action Figures (Spiderman, Avengers, TMNT, Justice League, Batman etc)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys
• Toy Story toys

  Toys 8-10:
• 18-24” Bike, Skateboard, Scooter
• Air Hogs Laser Racer
• Despicable Me Toys
• Disney’s Frozen Toys
• Easy-bake ovens
• Furbie’s
• Hello Kitty Toys
• Lego Star Wars
• Minecraft Toys
• Monster High Toys
• Nerf Guns
• Simon Game
• Superhero Action Figures (Spiderman, Avengers, TMNT, Captain America, Batman etc)
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys
• The LEGO Movie Toys
• TMNT Combat Gear
• Transformers: Age of Extinction Toys

Toys 11-15:
• Air Hogs Remote Control Toys
• Bike, Skateboard, Scooter
• Book bags (Disney, Marvel / DC themed)
• Casio Mini Keyboard
• First Act Instruments
• LEGO sets
• Model-toy kits
• Nerf Guns / Bows
• Razor Ripstik
• Rubik’s Cube
• Sports Equipment
• 175g Frisbee
• Baseball/Softball
• Basketball
• Football
• Hockey
• Lacrosse
• Soccer
• Tennis
• Volleyball
• Star Wars Lightsaber
• Board Games 2-4+:
• Candyland
• Chutes and Ladders
• Cootie Game
• Memory Match Games
• Monkey Dunk
• VeggieTales Larry-Boy Get Rid of the Fib
 Board Games 5-7+:
• Abalone
• Apples to Apples: Disney Addition
• Bananagrams
• Battleship
• Beat the Parents
• Blokus
• Connect 4
• Don’t Rock the Boat
• Four in a Square
• Pit
• Reverse Charades
• Skip-Bo
• Sorry

Board Games 8-10+:
• Boggle
• Carcassone
• Clue
• Dominion
• Fluxx
• Monopoly
• Munchkin
• Othello
• Pentago
• Risk
• Scrabble
• Ticket to Ride
   Board Games 11-15+:
• Agricola
• Apples to Apples
• Archipelago
• Balderdash
• Betrayal at the House on the Hill
• Bohnanza
• Eldritch Horror
• Imperial
• Killer Bunnies
• Marbles: The Brain Store games
• MindTrap
• Pandemic
• Party Alias
• Race for the Galaxy
• Samuri: The Card Game
• Scattergories
• Smash Up
• Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (Core Set)
• The Hobbit Board Game
Other Gifts for Teens:
• Books
• Candle sets
• CD / MP3 Player with Headphones
• Grooming kits for men
• Jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.)
•Lawn games:
    o Bocce Ball
    o Cornhole/Bagtoss
    o Kan Jam
    o Ladder Toss
    o Lawn Darts
    o Spikeball
• Perfume/Cologne
• Playing cards
• Purses
• Spa kits (lotions, soaps, moisturizers, etc.)
• Sports Equipment
• Table Tennis Set
• Wallets
• Watches


To place online orders and ship to Catholic Charities Click Here 

For more information about the program please call our Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email us
 Online Ordering
Help spread the joy of Christmas by donating a toy or gift card to children that need it most!

New this year: Save time by ordering online

We know how hectic Holiday Shopping can be, so this year we’re introducing online shopping with direct shipment to our Catholic Charities Santa’s Workshop at The Mart. Giving a child a brighter Christmas is now just a click away!

Donate a Toy

Use our online partner Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us to ship directly to the Catholic Charities Santa’s Workshop, and receive free shipping for all online orders when you spend $19 or more on qualified items:

Here’s how:
1. Sign on to:
    (Using this link credits Catholic Charities with rewards!)
2. Select Toys
    (Tip: You can browse by gender, age, and toy type.)
3. Go to Checkout
4. Enter Payment method: Pay Pal or credit card
5. Select “Provide another Address” Shipping option and enter
    First Name: Catholic Charities
    Last Name: Celebration of Giving
    Address: 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
    Suite: 850
    City, State, ZIP: Chicago, IL 60654-1103
    Telephone number: 312-655-7401
6. Submit Your Order

Your Gift will go directly to Santa’s Workshop, and we’ll make sure it gets to a child by Christmas!

Donate Gift Cards

The group that has the greatest need for gifts is 12-17 year olds, and their #1 request is for Gift Cards. If donating gift cards, the two retailers that are closest to those we serve are:

Bank Cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) are also welcome.

In all cases, we prefer plastic gift cards.

Use the same shipping address found above and send directly to our Catholic Charities Santa’s Workshop!

Thank you for keeping the spirit alive and making the 69th Annual Celebration of Giving event as
 joyous as possible!

For more information about the program please call the Celebration of Giving Hotline (312) 655-7401 or email

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