The goal of the United Way Holiday Project is to ensure every child has a toy underneath the tree.
For more than 30 years, United Way of Martin County has spread holiday cheer by providing toys and holiday meals to more than 1,000 local families and 3,000 children each year through the United Way Holiday Project (formerly known as White Doves Holiday Project). But we can't do it alone. This huge undertaking is only possible by pooling the resources of hundreds of volunteers, community groups, agencies, families, businesses and faith-based and civic organizations.
Whether you give a toy, give your time or give your treasure, you can play a huge role in making the holidays special for local families who are struggling to make ends meet.
GIVE A TOY
Drop off a new, unwrapped toy to any Toys for Tots Collection Site in Martin County. Click here for a list of local collection sites or to become a collection site. Or, you can shop our Amazon wish list and donate a toy from the comfort of your own home.
GIVE YOUR TIME
We're always looking for a few good elves to sort and categorize toys. This is the perfect activity for a civic group or family! We also need volunteer elves to assist during the two-day distribution event. Click here to sign up.
GIVE YOUR TREASURE
Financial resources are also critical to making the holiday dreams come true for local families in need. Click here to contribute.
HOW IT WORKS
- REFRERRAL PROCESS: Families are referred to the United Way Holiday Project by social service agencies, schools and faith-based groups – organizations who know the families intimately and understand their needs. The names of the families are then matched with other holiday providers to avoid the duplication of services.
- TOY COLLECTION: As the official local coordinating organization for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive, United Way of Martin County works with hundreds of local businesses who serve as Toys for Tots Collection Sites. Any toys donated to Toys for Tots in Martin County goes toward this community-wide effort.
- DISTRIBUTION: Like many events, the United Way Holiday Project has had to adjust its plans in the wake of the pandemic. With help from hundreds of volunteer "elves" the Martin County Fairgrounds will be transformed into Santa's Workshop. The gifts that are collected from Toys for Tots Collection Sites will be sorted, categorized, and packaged for families who will pick them up during a two-day distribution event. Families also receive a turkey and bag of groceries to make a traditional holiday meal.