Holiday Opportunities 2019

Make Sanctuary for Families a part of your 2019 holiday celebrations! Please help us brighten the holidays for survivors of gender violence and their children.

For more information on any of the below opportunities, please contact Jess Francois at!


Sanctuary will share wish lists from our most-in-need families with individuals and groups once again this year. The deadline to drop off or send gifts to our lower Manhattan office will be on or before Friday, December 6th.

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Every year, Sanctuary collects thousands of donated gifts and gift cards for the thousands of clients we serve. Please consider asking your friends, family, or coworkers to participate in a holiday drive to collect gift cards or other items for adults, teens or children. The deadline to deliver items collected through holiday drives is on or before Friday, December 6th.

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Sanctuary needs help sorting, organizing and wrapping the wonderful donations we receive. We will host Holiday Helpers Monday through Friday (10:30AM – 1:00PM and 2:00-4:30PM) from December 2nd through December 19th at our Lower Manhattan location.

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Give/ask for the gift of Sanctuary: Unsure what gift to get for that special someone? Consider making a donation to Sanctuary in their honor. Throughout the holidays, all designees of an “in honor of” donation will receive a special acknowledgment card from Sanctuary. If someone asks you what you want for the holidays this year, ask for a donation to Sanctuary.

Food for the Holidays: Please consider a donation of non-perishable food items and/or a dedicated cash donation to help feed Sanctuary clients.

Make Sanctuary a part of your holiday party: November and December are popular months for festive gatherings. If you are hosting a party, please consider asking your guests to make a donation to Sanctuary in lieu of bringing that bottle of wine or box of chocolates.

Incorporate Sanctuary in your company’s year-end activities: Many corporations and law firms have year-end parties for their employees, often with gifts. Consider asking your company to designate a gift to Sanctuary for Families, participate in the Adopt-a-Family Program, or hold a holiday gift or gift card drive in lieu of employee gifts this year.

Send holiday e-cards to benefit Sanctuary: Many corporations, law firms and individuals send holiday wishes via e-cards. Consider this e-option and make a donation to Sanctuary with the money you save on cards and stamps.