Holiday Gift Program 2018

Help spread holiday cheer with The Aliveness Project during the annual Holiday Giveaway & Party.  This year, the Aliveness tradition will feature: games, entertainment, winter accessories give-away, homemade cookies, stockings, poinsettias for members to take home, and a delicious holiday meal.  Gifts will be mailed or delivered to members with mobility impairment or other medical concerns.  There are tons of ways to be involved!


If you would like to take part in the Holiday Party & Giveaway, download the application and return it to The Aliveness Project by November 1, 2018. For more information, email [email protected] or call 612-822-7946 and ask for Member Services.


VOLUNTEER (from your home, workplace, or place of worship):

Bake Cookies

Bake your favorite holiday cookies, package them by the dozen, and bring to The Aliveness Project.  Cookies will be distributed to members during the Holiday Giveaway & Party and included in deliveries.

Saturday, December 15: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Monday, December 17: 9:00 AM -7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 18: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Decorate Tags / Make Cards

Decorate tags used to label each bag and/or make cards to be included with each member’s gift.  Personal touches to holiday gifts make a huge difference!  Tags and cards are due by Wednesday, December 12.

Sew Stockings

Download our Stocking Pattern! Stockings are due by Wednesday, December 12.

Organize a Donation Drive

Organize a winter accessory donation drive in your workplace, place of worship, gym, etc. and receive materials and a speaker (if desired) from Aliveness to help promote it.  Download the Drive Packet for more details and ideas.  All donation drives are due by Wednesday, December 12.


VOLUNTEER (at The Aliveness Project):

Giveaway & Party Set Up/Tear Down

Early December

Set-up tables, fill tables with toys and winter accessories, and decorate the space.

Friday, December 21

Inventory and box up all left over winter accessories, toys, other items and tear down tables.

Holiday Giveaway & Party

Wednesday, December 19

Shifts: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

During the Holiday Giveaway & Party, volunteers lead members through the giveaway as they pick out warm winter accessories, toys for their dependent children, cookies, and stockings.  Volunteers may also manage cookie/toy/winter accessory stations, wrap gifts, or help load gifts into member vehicles.  Additionally, volunteers assist with the party in the dining room by leading games and cookie decorating, assisting in the kitchen, or visiting with members.

Deliver Holiday Gifts

Friday, December 21

Shifts*: On the hour, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

*each shift is 2-3 hours depending on delivery area

Deliver gifts to members in the Twin Cities metro area who are mobility impaired or unable to attend the Holiday Giveaway & Party due to medical issues.  Choose your preferred area/neighborhood, pick up gifts at The Aliveness Project, and make 2-5 deliveries.  Enjoy some snacks on us!


-New warm winter accessory items: hats, waterproof gloves, scarves, and wool socks.  The biggest need is for items in adult sizes large and extra-large in neutral colors, such as black, blue, green, and brown.  All items should be unwrapped. Please have all winter accessory items to The Aliveness Project by Wednesday, December 12.

-Gift card as prizes for the Holiday Giveaway & Party.

-If you would like to donate monetarily, simply indicate your donation is for the Holiday Gift Program.


Best times to bring cookies/stockings/donations to Aliveness: 

Throughout November/December please bring all items to Aliveness:

-Mondays-Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

-Fridays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Please ask for Laura at the front desk when you bring donations.

Donation Collection Extended Hours: 

-Saturday, December 15: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

-Monday December 17: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

-Tuesday, December 18: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sign up to volunteer or donate by contacting Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, at 612-822-7946 ext.221 or [email protected].

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