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Holiday Giving Fund


Home: A hot meal. A warm bed. A quiet place to read and learn…

In today’s uncertain world, having a safe place to call home is more important than ever.

With COVID-19 came loss of jobs and income. Working families who were already struggling were forced to choose between paying the rent or feeding their children. Homeless families had nowhere to go.

Family Promise responded. We sheltered homeless families in hotels and provided those who were at-risk with rental assistance so they could stay safe and comfortable in their own homes. And between our Englewood Meal Distribution and our Walk-In Dinner programs, we served over 70,000 meals and provided 68 tons of fresh produce to people who needed food.

Now, we need your help

Our work is not done. Our promise is to ensure that working families who are homeless and those who are at risk have a place to call home—and the support that they need to grow and thrive!

How the Holiday Giving Fund Helps Families

Your donation to the Family Promise Holiday Giving Fund will help us keep this promise to the families in our program and the community we serve, through the holiday season and beyond.

A hot meal: Your gift will help us continue to provide fresh, nutritious meals to our neighbors struggling with hunger, and gift cards to grocery stores so parents can put food on the table for their children.

A warm bed: Your gift will help us continue to provide shelter and stability to our families through hotel stays, rental assistance, and temporary housing in our New Leaf Program.

An opportunity to learn: Your gift will help support our families on their journey towards empowerment and self-sufficiency by providing financial literacy training, job training, life skill workshops, and more.

Joy for the holidays: Your gift will also help provide gift cards so parents can pick out the perfect holiday gift that suits their child’s wants and needs.

After such a challenging year, we thank you for making the holiday season brighter for the families we serve.

More Ways to Give for the Holidays – Gift Cards!

Gift card donations empower parents to purchase the gifts their children want and need. We suggest denominations of $25 or more of the following:

  • Amazon
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Kohls
  • T.J.Maxx & Marshalls
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Home Goods
  • Visa & MasterCard gift cards

Another great way to give is by donating practical gift cards that will help parents provide for their families throughout the year. Denominations of $25 or more, please:

  • Grocery stores (Stop & Shop, Shoprite, and Aldi)
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Uber & Lyft
  • Gas stations

Give families a Big Night In!

Traditionally, this is the season where families gather together with loved ones at holiday dinners, parties, and fun winter outings. But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, families are preparing for a socially distant holiday indoors. Help give families a fun night in by donating gift cards to the following restaurants that offer delivery and takeout options:

  • Applebee’s
  • Chili’s
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse

UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Seamless gift cards are also great options for families who want a meal from their favorite eatery delivered right to their door!

Streaming services provide entertainment for kids and relief for tired parents after a long day of work, as well as family time while watching their favorite films, playing games, etc. in the comfort and safety of their own home. Many streaming services can cost $20 or more a month, which makes this luxury a burden on families. Please consider donating a gift card of at least $25 for the following services:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Spotify
  • Google Play
  • Amazon Prime

Check out our Amazon Holiday Wish List

Looking for more ways to give our families a wonderful holiday season? Consider purchasing essential household items, electronics, activity sets, and more directly from the Family Promise Holiday Wish List ! When ordering from our list, you’ll be able to choose from items that our families need to be comfortable, and help kids continue to learn and keep busy. Items will be shipped directly to our office and then distributed to families safely.

When ordering through Amazon this holiday season, don’t forget to log on through smile.amazon.com and choose Family Promise of Bergen County as the beneficiary organization. Amazon will donate 0.05% of the purchase price to Family Promise!

In the interest of safety, we are not accepting walk-ins or drop-offs of donations or items at this time. Donations of gift cards, new items, or checks may be mailed to:

Family Promise of Bergen County
100 Dayton Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Thank you for your generosity, and happy holidays!

Giving opportunities for Companies

The Holiday Giving Fund is a way for companies and individuals to bring comfort and joy to the homeless working families we serve during the holidays. Funds will be utilized to continue providing safe, warm shelter and support as well as a $100 gift card for every individual in our programs – which is about 85-100 people in a given year.

$1,000 – $2,499

  • Logo recognition on Holiday Giving Fund page of website

$2,500 and above

  • Logo recognition on Holiday Giving Fund page of website
  • Logo recognition on dedicated social media post
  • Recognition in our e-newsletter (distributed to nearly 4,000 volunteers, donors and friends)

For more information, please contact jhe@bergenfamilypromise.org.