The holidays are about creating opportunity!

Hope for a Lifetime

Each year, in December, communities rally to support the most vulnerable among us – homeless children. In celebrations large and small, across the world, every child is given a chance to experience the joy, generosity, and love of the Holiday Season.  In 2020, with COVID-19 restrictions, Dreams for Kids is unable to host its annual holiday party. While this is a sad occurrence, it will not stop us from providing Holiday cheer, support, and a gift for as many vulnerable kids as we can possibly reach.  Please join us in our 32 Annual Toy Drive, with details on this page!  The kids need us this year more than ever. Let’s show up for them and be generous!

How You Can Help

Join us for our 32 Annual Holiday for Hope Toy Drive!  Please donate a new, unwrapped toy and drop off at Salon 360 514 Higgins Road, Park Ridge, Illinois  (847) 692-0360 ( right off the Higgins N exit on 90)  before December 18th, 2020.

Volunteer at an existing event in your home town. Host a toy drive. Donate money or other gifts. Host your own event, big or small – in the United States or anywhere in the world!


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Hope Begins Here

On Christmas Eve, 1989, Dreams for Kids began. This event started it all. On this day, Clara’s House, a tiny homeless shelter in Chicago’s desperate Englewood community, hosted a small celebration for 54 homeless children, who according to Clara – “…would never have known it was Christmas if you had not come.” That day they had the freedom to believe. And to date over 70,000 kids across the United States and in countries around the world have celebrated their Holiday for Hope.

This is more than a celebration. It is a beginning. It is more than hope. It is a commitment. A promise for participants to pay it forward in their community. And promise to help bring sustainable change to their lives and to our homeless crisis.

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