Posted by Meredith Joy

Toy DriveAfter chronically couch-surfing for months, Natasha* came to the Center for Basic Needs Assistance at nine months pregnant, homeless, with two young children. With the support and advocacy of our programs, Natasha found a place to stay and give birth to a healthy baby. Over the next few months, Natasha's case workers continued to help the family find stability by referring her to several programs within JF&CS as well as helping the family access other community resources.

This holiday season, Natasha and her three children will benefit from our annual Holiday Gift Card Drive. Natasha will be able to make this holiday season meaningful without putting herself in financial distress.

Our Holiday Gift Card Drive provides gift cards to families with children up to age 18. Providing parents with gift cards empowers them with the ability to choose the gift they feel is best suited for their children. Through the kindness and generosity of donors, the Holiday Gift Card Drive enables nearly 400 children in 100 different communities to receive gifts during the holiday season.

Help us continue to provide families like Natasha's with joy this holiday season. Your tax-deductible donation will bring great relief and dignity to parents and immeasurable joy to children.

You can donate in two ways:

  • Donate gift cards in $25 increments from the following stores: Target, Toys "R" Us, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, or Marshall's. Gift cards may be mailed to: The Center for Basic Needs Assistance, JF&CS, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
  • Let us do the shopping: Make an online donation

Our deadline for donations is Friday, November 30. Thank you in advance for your support.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

Meredith Joy Meredith Joy is the Director of the Center for Basic Needs Assistance. She received her MSW from Boston University and has 22 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations. She has been with JF&CS since 2005.