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Holiday Heroes - Ways to Participate

Providing winter essentials and holiday gifts for children and families in need across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Join Youth Villages this holiday season to provide more than 350 children and young adults with winter essentials and holiday gifts. The gifts will support those children’s families who simply cannot afford necessities, let alone presents, during the holiday season.

We rely on the support of our community partners and individuals to host drives or make monetary donations to provide winter boots, bikes and winter clothing for a child and his or her siblings. All donations – 100% -- will go directly to the children served by Youth Villages in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. By supporting our efforts, you can be the Holiday Hero that our youth and families desperately need! Work with us to let these children know they are valuable to our community. Any support is greatly appreciated and will help make a huge difference in the lives of the children we serve.

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  • Each child fills out a Wish List.
  • Heroes receive the Wish List, purchase the gifts, and then deliver the gifts to the assigned program's location.


  • Heroes send a donation to sponsor a child and we do all the shopping and wrapping.
  • Deadline:
    Friday, December 1st 2017
  • Drop-Off:
    Youth Villages
    400 W. Cummings
    Suite 5200
    Woburn, MA 01801
  • Contact:
    Kristin Monica

Holiday Heroes Cornhole Tournament 2017

The Youth Villages Holiday Heroes
Cornhole Tournament was a success!

Approximately 100 guests joined Youth Villages and the Youth Villages – Young Professional Leadership Council to support our Holiday Heroes Cornhole Tournament Dec. 3rd at Lansdowne Pub in Boston. The event netted more than $2500 and 18 amazing gifts were received to help us fulfill the holiday wishes for more than 350 youth and young adults in our programs.

The holiday season can be a tough time for many of the youth, young adults and families in our programs and YOU helped to make a difference.

Thank you to all who came out to support our mission – you are true Holiday Heroes!


This holiday season, become a Holiday Hero to Youth Villages' youth and families who are often unable to afford even the basic necessitites, let alone gifts during the holiday season.

General Holiday Wish List: Youth Villages Massachusetts serves families and children varying in age. We ask that donations are focused on youth age 10-18. If you are interested in fullfilling a specific family or youth's wishes please contact Kristin Monica: or 781-937-7905.

General Gifts:

  • MP3 Players/Ipod shuffles
  • Earbuds & Headphones
  • Stuffed Animals & Dolls
  • Action Figures
  • Legos
  • Patriots, Celtics or Red Sox Gear
  • Movies (G-PG13)
  • Hair Accessories & Products
  • Makeup
  • Supplies & Kits
  • Skin Care & Lotions

Educational Toys:

  • Movies (PG or G)
  • Board Games & Puzzles
  • Books
  • Art Supplies & Craft Kits
  • Balls & Sporting Goods
  • Weights & Exercise Gear
  • Outdoor Games
  • Bikes, Scooters & Skateboards (with helmets)

New Winter Gear:

  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves and Mittens
  • Scarves


  • Blankets/Bedding
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toiletries

Gift Cards:

(Gift cards are a great way to assist with basic essentials as well as provide wishes for older youth)
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • Dunkin' Donuts/li>
  • Game Stop
  • Gas Stations
  • Grocery Stores
  • Forever 21
  • H&M
  • iTunes
  • Kohl’s
  • Old Navy
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx/Marshall’s
  • Visa Gift Cards
  • Walmart

Girls ages 10 - 13 (most requested items)

  • Art Supplies
  • MP3 Player/iPod Shuffle
  • Barbie Dolls
  • Board Games/Puzzles
  • Barbies/Baby Dolls
  • DVD’s
  • Hair Accessories & Products
  • Makeup
  • Nail Polish
  • Jewelry (bangles, earrings, necklaces)
  • Play - doh
  • Clock Radio
  • Clothing Gift Cards
  • Karaoke Machine and CD’s

Girls ages 14 - 18 (most requested items)

  • MP3 Player/iPod Shuffle
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Nail Care Kits and Polish
  • DVDs (comedy, action, drama, animated)
  • Barbies/Baby Dolls
  • DVD’s
  • Hair Products and Accessories
  • Makeup
  • Jewelry (bangles, earrings, necklaces)
  • Perfume/Body spray/ Lotion
  • Clothing Gift Cards

Boys ages 10 - 13 (Most Requested items)

  • MP3 Player/iPod Shuffle
  • Legos
  • Spiderman (action figures, games, etc.)
  • Spongebob Square Pants (dolls, games, coloring sets, etc.)
  • Board Games/Puzzles
  • Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins Gear
  • Headphones
  • Pokemon Cards
  • Hot Wheels
  • Action Figures (Dragon Ball Z, Spiderman, Superheroes, Toy Story)
  • Play - doh

Boys ages 14 - 18 (Most Requested items)

  • MP3 Player/iPod Shuffle
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Action/Comedy Movies (PG or PG13)
  • Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins Gear
  • Headphones
  • Pre-paid Cell Phone
  • Clock Radio
  • Cologne
  • Clothing Gift Cards

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