Donations sought for Operation Sleighbells

“Granting the holiday wish of a child may not seem like much, but to the child who might not otherwise receive a gift… or the parent who cannot provide one… it is everything.” – FCS CEO Delly Beekman

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s almost time for our annual holiday toy drive, Operation Sleighbells.  Last year, hundreds of area businesses, organizations, schools and families responded to our request for donations with gifts of new coats, hats, gloves, toys, books and infant necessities. The outpouring of generosity enabled us to serve 2,000 area children in need in 2018. Let’s do it again!

Operation Sleighbells is different from many holiday giving programs in that it addresses the specific wishes of every child. Participating families are interviewed in early October and asked to provide the ages, sizes and special gift wishes for each child.  Using the lists, the agency then solicits donations from the community, then collects, sorts and distributes the gifts to hundreds of families each year.

Interested in supporting Operation Sleighbells? Here’s how you can help:

  1. Adopt a Family – Provide toys, gifts, coats and perhaps a supermarket gift card to enable an entire family to have a special holiday meal.
  2. Host a collection drive — FCS will provide tags for your work, school, or organization listing the first name of a participating child with his or her age, size and holiday wish. Employees or group members can then select a tag and buy a gift for that particular child.
  3. Donate gifts – FCS gladly accepts new, unwrapped coats, books, toys and other gifts and will sort and distribute them based on the needs of those registered for the program
  4. Donate money to purchase gift cards for teens – Donations can be made online at or mailed to the agency.
  5. Volunteer – Volunteer to help sort and pack gifts.

For more information, contact FCS Volunteer Services Director Samantha White at or call 732-222-9111.