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12/15/13 — Spread the Spirit of the Holidays – Support Goodwill Community Holiday Needs program

2013 Goodwill Holiday NeedsClick here to download a Holiday Needs Wish List Flyer
Click here to Donate

The holidays are quickly approaching, and the Goodwill Community Holiday Needs program is preparing to brighten the holidays for needy children and homeless individuals in the Greater Grand Traverse and Leelanau County areas and we need your help.

Last year the program provided 1,267 children and individuals with gifts, toys, and basic essentials. Many of the people served by the Holiday Needs program struggle to provide a meal for their family, worry about keeping a roof over their head and many may have no bed at all.

Families participating in the program are able to “shop” for both gift items and necessities in a temporary store that is stocked with merchandise that has been purchased or donated specifically for this program. Volunteers help guide them through the process, allowing them to select appropriate gifts for their children – with dignity – in a caring and respectful setting.

We are pleased to partner with Toys for Tots, and the Department of Human Services to ensure that no child, or homeless individual is left out of the wonders of the holidays because they are poor, homeless or otherwise in need.

We invite you to join the effort by making a financial gift to the program or donating items from the Holiday Needs Wish List.

Thank you for sharing the joy of the season with your neighbors who are facing less fortunate circumstances this holiday season.

Wish List

Diaper Bags/Toddlers

Filled diaper bags
Diapers, all sizes especially sizes 4-6
Baby Wipes

Children and Young Adults

Arts and crafts kits
Handheld electronic games
Coloring books/crayons
Blank journal
Manicure sets


Hand lotion
Manicure sets
Pajama bottoms
Flannel button-up shirts; large & extra large men and women’s
Other gift items

Common Necessities

Winter hats and scarves
Waterproof winter gloves
Socks, all sizes
Underwear: all sizes; men, women and children
Hooded sweatshirts; men, women and children
Batteries: AA/AAA/C
Bar soap
Dental floss
Feminine hygiene products
Disposable razor/shaving cream

Teen Gift Certificates

Bookstore, clothing, haircuts, food cards

Family Gift Cards

Gas and grocery cards

*All items must be new & unwrapped

Donations will be accepted November 16 – December 16 at:

Traverse City
Traverse City, Acme, and Chums Corner Goodwill Retail Stores
Chicos, 225 E Front Street, Traverse City

Suttons Bay
Leelanau Computer Repair inside Radio Shack, 325 N Saint Josephs St., Suttons Bay

Financial donations can be made online by clicking here or
Mail donations to: Goodwill Holiday Needs program
2279 South Airport Road W, Traverse City, MI 49684


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