Since 2003, Giftmart has partnered with businesses and faith-based organizations to collect more than 100,000 new toys. In an effort to preserve dignity, parents from Giftmart’s partner schools in East Aurora and Joliet have been able to choose gifts for their children at a discounted price of $2 per toy.
As Giftmart’s operating budget is separately funded, over the past decade, low-income families have reinvested more than $140,000 into their local schools. This has resulted in the purchase of much needed library books, computers, musical instruments and other supplies.
Giftmart seeks to reimagine the holiday charity model by harnessing the generosity of communities to do more than just place toys under the tree in under-resourced neighborhoods. You can provide the gift of community by joining our team to help plan, shop, set up and host the event at one of our many school sites. We plan this event all year, so its never too early to get involved!