Traditional Christmas Project

Traditional Christmas Project


The Christmas 'Make A Wish' program lasts about five months. It begins by having volunteers solicit gifts of food, clothing and toys from area sponsors. One then shops for the remaining wishes with contributions, wrap and distribute such items to needy families during the holidays. This all begins in September and lasts well into January.

What is it?

'Make-A-Wish' is a program designed to assist children and/or families for the holiday season.

Who is eligible?

Any child receiving assistance from The Wayne County Children Services Board whose family has a financial need or circumstantial hardship.

How do I become a sponsor?

Christmas 'Make-A-Wish' would not be a reality if it were not for numerous sponsors who make hundreds of "wishes" come true. Each year there are more children with wishes to be filled. To become a sponsor please contact:

Lisa Kopczinsky Operational Support Services Coordinator
Wayne County Children Services
(330) 345-5340 ext. 2379

How can I help?

Children Services acts as a confidential facilitator matching a child with a community sponsor. A sponsor is given the first name and age of a child, along with clothing sizes and the child's personal Christmas "wishes."

A list of needs may be obtained by a sponsor wishing to fill a food or household need for a family. All items are asked to be new.

Monetary contributions are gratefully accepted to assist with emergency cases and/or special needs of a child.

Where can I send or deliver contributions?

All packages are wrapped and delivered to the Children Services' Office in the Kinney Building, 2534 Burbank Road, Wooster. The packages are then processed to be dispensed to the family by our caseworker "elves."

Suggested items that are always favored:
  • Board Games 
  • Puzzles
  • Coloring Books         
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Clothing
  • Batteries
  • Radios
  • Legos/Blocks    
  • School Supplies
  • Hat/Gloves/Scarf
  • Card Games
  • Sporting Goods
  • Wallets
  • Grooming Items
  • Cologne/Perfume         
  • Hair Ornaments
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Sports Cards
  • Movie Passes
  • Fast Food Cards
  • Gift Cards/Certificates
  • Hair Dryers
  • Watches
  • Hand Held Games
  • Barbie Dolls
Join Us


Throughout the year, you may make a tax deductible donation to "Children Services Special Funds."  Donations are separate from other agency funds. Donations may be sent to:

Wayne County Children Services
2534 Burbank Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691

Sponsor | Volunteer

To become a sponsor or for volunteer information please contact:

Lisa Kopczinsky

Volunteer Coordinator
Wayne County Children Services
(330) 345-5340 ext. 2379

Volunteering Inquiry
How did you hear about volunteering at CSB?
What volunteering position are you interested in?

Volunteer applications are processed during the months of February through September. Please don’t find this discouraging. Our Christmas ‘Make a Wish’ program takes a lot of coordination and impacts our time with insuring that all children have a bright holiday. We will gladly review applications we receive from October 1 through January 31 beginning the month of February.