The holiday season should be a time of hope and excitement, but for many local children and their families, this time of year can be discouraging and stressful, especially those dealing with fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.

Rutgers—Camden is joining forces with three of our community partners to help put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season.

  • Center for Family Services
  • Kroc Center
  • LUCY Outreach (Lifting Up Camden’s Youth)

Here is how you can help:


This year the safest, most effective way for you to get gifts to those in need is through your online, monetary donation. Below are direct links to make a monetary donation to one of our partners. Your monetary donation will go towards purchasing gifts for the families involved with each of these organizations:


If you’d like to purchase a gift, below is a list of requested and high-need items along with the organization it will be donated to:

Center For Family Services: Hundreds of teens, mothers, and children find a safe place to live at Center For Family Services. You can help by providing
each child, teen and mother with essential items that will help them to feel at home and ready to start their journey towards self-sufficiency and healing. 

Most in need of: Newborn and Baby Essentials, New Hygiene and Household Items

              • Diapers and wipes     
              • Formula
              • Onesies, New Pajamas
              • New board books – bilingual a plus!
              • Care packages for moms
                      • Items may include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes , floss, deodorant, combs, feminine products 
              • Items for the Home
                    • Linens: bath towels, wash cloths, twin or full sheets
                    • Comforters, pillows, throw blankets 
                    • Inspirational wall art
                    • Kitchen Items
                        • Items may include utensils, baking sheets & mixing bowls, non-breakable & dishwasher safe dishes, pots and pans 

LUCY Outreach:
LUCY Outreach offers multi-lingual, culturally sensitive services and educational, empowering programming to low income
Camden County youth and young adults ages 7-25 and their families,

Most in need of Gift Cards for Teenagers: Consider donating gift cards to Visa, Amazon, Target, Walmart or the store of your choice to teens in need.

Salvation Army Kroc Center
: This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts
and supportive programs designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform the life of each and every member of the community.

Most in need of New, Unwrapped Toys for Children ages newborn to 12

Drive-By Drop Off Information

We look forward to seeing you in person and on campus, Tuesday, December 8 from 10:30am – 6:30 pm. (Rain date: Wednesday, December 9) outside the Business and Science Building, 227 Penn Street. We’ll be following social distance guidelines so please have all items placed in your trunk and when you arrive open the trunk and a staff member wearing PPE will remove the donations.

If you are already on campus or unable to come in a vehicle, there will be a table set up in front of the building to drop off your donations.

If you are unable to come to campus on December 8, you may drop off anytime from now through December 8 and bring to the Camden Division of the Rutgers University Police Department, 409 North 4th Street.

Questions? Contact reserve@camden.rutgers.edu