United Way of Bucks County is asking the community to help older kids and teens in need this holiday season. The organization’s annual holiday gift card drive, which runs November 14th through December 14th, provides a gift for kids who would otherwise receive nothing.
“For older kids who are not expecting to receive any gifts, a gift card means so much. They are so grateful that our community cares about them. It’s a meaningful and empowering experience for older kids to get a little something for themselves rather than be left out,” explains Danielle Bush, Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement at United Way.
Last year, the support from the community, the partnership with Levittown Now and Newtown PA Now enabled United Way to serve 997 older kids and teens. This was a huge increase from the 2016 drive which served 810 kids. This year the need is even greater. Requests from area non-profit agencies, school districts, and residents are expected to exceed 1,000. United Way hopes to fill all requests for gift cards they receive.
The Holiday Gift Card Drive accepts gift cards of all denominations, starting at $5, now through December 14th. All donations go to local teens and older kids who are experiencing a true need this holiday season.
Bush suggests that donors consider gift cards to places that teens enjoy shopping: Target, Wal-Mart, popular clothing stores, and specialty shops like Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. A list of suggestions can be found at www.uwbucks.org/giftcarddrive.
She adds that donors can also make a gift in someone else’s honor or memory. “Helping an older kid makes a great gift for that person on your list that has everything,” says Bush. “You can make a donation to the Holiday Gift Card Drive in their honor and we will acknowledge your gift with a card and a story about a kid who received help.”
There are three ways for members of the community to help with this project: Bring gift cards to United Way of Bucks County, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA, 19030; mail in a check to the same address with “Gift Card Drive” on the memo line; Visit www.uwbucks.org/giftcarddrive and donate online. The website includes an option to make your gift in honor or memory of someone.
Families looking to receive help through the Holiday Gift Card Drive can visit our website at www.uwbucks.org/giftcardhelp or call Holiday Gift Card Drive Hotline at (215)949-1660, ext. 105.
Any questions can be directed to Danielle Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 949-1660, ext 112.