You Can brighten the holidays for a child in need

We are extremely grateful for support of any size! With your gift you will send a powerful message of care and support. 

Holidays can be tough for families already struggling to make ends meet. Help assure all kids in your community have a gift this holiday and spread some hope, kindness and cheer! 

You can SHOW UP for our children this holiday season by purchasing a gift(s) from our Target Charity Registry List or making a donation.

When you contribute through Care in Action Minnesota, you join a group of friends and neighbors passionate about lifting up families at a time when they need an extra hand. 100% of donations go directly to struggling local families. Care in Action Minnesota is volunteer lead, so you can give knowing your whole gift will have a direct impact.

Adopt a Family

Overburdened parents appreciate & are worthy of gifts too! Request a family’s wish list and purchase some or all of the items they have selected. Donors typically spend $200-$275 per wish list. 

Sponsor a Child

Request a child’s wish list and purchase some or all of the items they have selected. Donors typically spend $35-$100 per wish list. 

One Time Gift

This year, your online donation of $10, $20, or $50+ is the safest, most effective way for you to make sure a child in need receives wrapped gifts, specially selected for the child. 

Purchasing gift cards is also great, (preferably Visa, Target, Walmart, or general retailer) so that a parent or child may select the perfect gift.

Spread The Word

Ask family, friends, and colleagues to join you in sponsoring children’s wish lists this Holiday season! Ask your employer if they would match your contribution or if they would be interested in sponsoring children’s wish lists.

For 15+ years, Care in Action Minnesota has connected local foster youth and families in need with those who can help, not just during the holidays, but all year long!

When You Give, Hope Marches On

As long as we have the generous support of neighbors like you, Care in Action Minnesota will provide assistance to families in need, which includes providing Holiday gifts through our toy drive, putting food on the table, paying bills, and preventing homelessness for children and families. 

Thank You for Joining Us on This Effort!

The best way to ensure services continue for those in your community is to give what you can. Your gift will be used locally, based on the ZIP code you provide. A sustaining gift of just $25 a month could be the difference between a family staying in their home or living on the streets. Thank you for giving generously!

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for a way to engage your employees and build team morale? You and your team can select multiple children to sponsor – shopping together can be a fun and meaningful team-building exercise. Or, hold a drive for the items most needed by our children and families. Your company may also choose to match the value of the gifts their employees provide and thereby double the impact of each gift. By coming together as a team, employees will share the joy of bringing holiday cheer to children.

Sometimes, items are hard to find. If you cannot locate a specific item, we suggest finding a similar item or focusing on other items on the wish list.

If you are unable to fill a child’s wish list, Care in Action Minnesota is also accepting new, general items. We provide gifts to children of all ages.  A variety of items in different colors and sizes – from infant to adult XL – are always welcomed. We ask you to keep the following in mind:

  • Stuffed animals and blankets need to be in original packaging
  • No gently-used items
  • Any clothing needs to be new with tags

You can give online, by clicking HERE to contribute today!

If you wish to offer another donation, such as items which may help children and families, please contact us at to discuss how you’d like to help.

Supporters are also welcomed to send a check or money order to Care in Action, PO Box 28838 Oakdale, MN, 55128.

  • Diapers, Pull-Ups, and/or Wipes
  • Baby Care Items
  • Convertible Car Seats
  • Booster Seats
  • Books (for all age ranges)
  • Shoes (all sizes & genders)
  • Coats
  • Dolls (all ethnicities)
  • Legos
  • Tablets (Any Brand and Age Range)
  • Infant/Toddler Educational toys

Gift drop off runs December 1-21st. Drop off will be contactless and require you to schedule a timeslot.

Gift cards are always welcome, especially for teenagers.

We are not able to provide donors the opportunity to deliver gifts directly to our children in order to protect the safety and confidentiality of the children in our care. Some of our children have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. The holidays can be a very difficult time of year, and our trained staff are prepared to provide the best possible care. Holiday activities take place in all of our caring homes and your gifts will send a message of care and support to the children in our care.

Yes! Care in Action Minnesota is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our federal EIN is 20-8731939. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by US law.

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