Traditional Christmas Project

Traditional Christmas Project


Our Traditional Christmas ‘Make a Wish’ program is designed to assist children and/or families during the holiday season.  

Who is eligible?

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

What is a Sponsor?

Our Christmas ‘Make a Wish’ program would not be a reality without the generosity of numerous sponsors (made up of corporations, individuals and groups) who make hundreds of “wishes” come true and each year there are more children with wishes to be filled.  

Wayne County Children Services confidentially matches a child with a community sponsor.  The sponsor is given the first name and age of a child, along with clothing sizes and the child’s “wishes”.  We typically ask sponsors to spend between $100-150 per child.  Once a child is enrolled in our Christmas program, they are no longer eligible for any other Christmas program in the area.  All items purchased for the child must be brand new.  We then have “Delivery Days” for the sponsors to bring their gifts back to the agency. 

How do I become a Sponsor?

If you would like to sponsor a child, simply complete the inquiry form below or contact Lisa Kopczinsky, Volunteer Coordinator, to be placed on the list to receive a child’s name and wishes. 

Sponsors typically get their list the week prior to Thanksgiving to allow ample time to shop.

How can I make a donation?

Monetary contributions, gift cards and “filler gifts” are also gratefully accepted to assist with last minute needs of children that come into care closer to the holiday, emergency cases and/or special needs of a child.

Donation Ideas:

If you prefer to make a monetary donation:

Please make checks payable to “Wayne County Children Services” noting the funds are for “Christmas MAW“.

 Craft/Art Supplies

Craft Kits •  Jewelry Making Kit •  Art Supply Kits • Drawing Paper/Sketch Pads • Journals • Coloring Books for Small Children & Adult Coloring Books/Sets for Older Children/Teenagers


Headphones/Earbuds • MP3 players • Handheld Games (such as Football • Solitaire • Yahtzee) • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9 Volt)

Gift Cards (Any Amount):

Visa/Mastercard Gift Card • Amazon • Target • GameStop • Walmart • Kohl’s • Fast Food/Restaurants (Wendy’s/McDonald’s/BK/Pizza) • Bath & Body Works • Hobby Lobby • Cinemark Movies


Card Games • Connect 4 • Jenga • Phase 10 • Skipbo • Spot It! • Yahtzee/Yahtzee Jr. • Uno

Health & Beauty Items

Bath & Body Type Products (lotion, shower gels, etc.) •  Hygiene Kits for Teen Guys • Hair Accessories •  Chap Stick Sets • Nail Polish Sets for Teens • Make-up sets


Baby dolls • Balls (basketball, football, soccer) • Large Legos for younger kids • Lego sets for all ages • Magnetic Blocks • Sensory items for anxiety • Fortnite items • Minecraft Items • Disney Princess items • Super Hero items • LOL Surprise dolls • Remote control cars

Teen Gifts

Wireless ear buds • Headphones • Bluetooth speakers • Stick on phone wallet • Pop Sockets • Charging cords/power bank • Lap blankets • Crossword puzzle/word search books • Fidget type items • Puzzles

Toddler Gifts

Soft baby dolls • Large cars • Learning toys • Sit to Stand Walkers • Balls

Please Avoid donating:

Candy • Religious Items • Razors • Pierced Earrings • Purse • War Type Items (toy guns, swords, etc.)

All donations can be dropped off at Wayne County Children Services during business hours to 2534 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH 44691.

For Contactless delivery of monetary or gift card donations mail them to Wayne County Children Services 2534 Burbank Rd, Wooster, OH 44691 or place donations in the drop box located at the front door of the agency

Please include your name/organization name and address with your donation so we may issue your tax receipt and send you a copy of our Thank You newsletter. Tax receipts will be issued in January of next year for all donations.



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:

Jackie Wynn

Family Support Services Supervisor
Wayne County Children Services
(330) 345-5340 ext. 2378


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