The holiday season brings families together. But for the nation’s 420,000 foster children, this time of year can feel particularly isolating as it reminds them of the families and friends left behind and the permanent families they long to have. It’s also a time when foster families are spread thin trying to juggle multiple responsibilities, stretching already strained budgets and may even receive new children just days before the holidays begin.

Together with our communities help, we can bring joy, laughter, and magic back to the holidays. There are many ways you can help a foster child, whether you donate a gift, make a monetary donation to create special experiences or even help give back by purchasing holiday gifts that donate back to foster kids. Our goal is to make this holiday season fun, festive and joyful.

Ticket to Dream Holiday Wishes

November 1st-December 20th

Help Ticket to Dream and our partners across the country fulfill the holiday wishes and dreams of foster kids of all ages. Your online donation will be used to purchase gifts or experiences that brighten the holiday, give Santa an extra hand, while showing foster kids they matter.

Donate online or create an online fundraiser to invite your friends to help.

Donate Toys/Gifts at Mattress Firm

October 9th-December 15th

Mattress Firm and Ticket to Dream want foster kids across the country to feel special, remembered and help them get agreat night sleep knowing they matter.

You can help by donating new stuffed animals, dolls and holiday gifts for foster youth of all ages at any Mattress Firm store.

BEARPAW Boot for Boot Program

November 28th –December 12th

Properly-fitting shoes are essential items that boost foster kids self-esteem and confidence. This holiday season BEARPAW is partnering with Ticket to Dream to provide thousands of pairs of warm, comfortable and fashionable boots but we need your help!

Purchase a pair of boots at from Nov. 28-Dec. 12, and BEARPAW will donate a pair of boots to a foster child.

Host a Gift Drive

November 1st-December 12th

Hosting a holiday party? Want to create a little holiday cheer in the office, gathering or church? Hosting a gift drive is a great way to help foster kids celebrate the holidays and bring your team together for a great cause. Have fun with it! Decorate moving boxes in fun wrapping paper and spread the word.

Reach out to us at for more info and to find a drop off location near you.


Host a Volunteer Day Get your crew together

to create Imagine It! Kits, build bikes, 1st night comfort bags, or stockings to help foster youth this holiday season. Teams of any size can participate. Reach out to for pricing and logistics.