Holiday Charity, Toy Drives Around Lancaster

Millions of adults and children struggle with poverty, making the holiday season a bleak one. For those who aren’t struggling, this time of year is an opportunity to step up and give to those less fortunate.

There are thousands of organizations, both local and nationwide, that make it easy to give this holiday season. Whether you can give a lot or a little, know that your donation is making someone else’s holiday a littler happier. We encourage you to check out this list of charity drives and events and find one you and your family can participate in this year.

Coat Drives

  • Every year, WGAL, The Salvation Army, Family Owned Markets, and the Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association sponsor the annual Coats for Kids Drive. Running through Saturday Dec. 10, Coats for Kids accepts donations of new or gently used coats to give to needy kids across the Susquehanna Valley. Find the drop-off location nearest you by clicking here.


  • One Warm Coat is a national program that provides coats to anyone in need. They have given away more than 4 million coats after over 20,000 coat drives. Monetary donations are a great way to help as 95 percent of every dollar donated goes to supporting their programs. Don’t worry; if you can’t give money, there are plenty of other ways to help.


  • The Coats for Kids Foundation is a service of Operation Warm. Operating since 2002 in 37 states, Operation Warm seeks to provide new winter coats, gloves, and hats to kids in need. The idea is that a new winter coat will not only keep a child warm and dry, but improve their self-esteem. You can help by making a secure donation that will go toward the purchase of a new coat.


Toy Drives


Food Drives



  • Support the Lancaster County Office of Aging’s 2016 Holiday Program. This program gives grocery store gift cards to those in need, allowing them to pick fresh foods or those that match specific dietary needs. You can support the program by writing a check to the Lancaster County Office of Aging (memo: Holiday Program) or by purchasing a $25 gift card from Giant or Weis Markets. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 9 by mail or can be dropped off on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lancaster County Government Center, 150 N. Queen St., Suite 415, Lancaster, PA 17603.


  • Take the kids to the Choo Choo Barn for Canned Food Fridays on Dec..2, 9, and 16. If you donate at least one non-perishable food item per person, you get free admission! The food collected this year will go to help the United Methodist Church Food Cupboard and the Chester County Food Bank.


Holiday Charity Programs and Events


  • Attend the Lancaster Alternative Gift Fair. This event is put on by Gifts That Give Hope and features local non-profit organizations who make fair trade, sustainable, or social enterprise products. Proceeds are split to benefit the non-profits involved. This year’s fair will take place on Dec. 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601.
  • Be a bell ringer for the Salvation Army of Lancaster. You can sign up for as few or as many bell ringing shifts as you like. Not a fan of bell ringing? You can help in other ways as well. Just contact Adrienne Kautz by phone at 717-397-7565 or via email at

Whether you donate money, toys, clothes, food, or your time, we hope you’ll make the decision to give back this holiday season. From all of us at Hagelgans & Veronis, we wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays!