Caroling For Kids
Since Christmas Day in 1998, we have been committed to sharing hope and encouragement with kids, families, and caregivers at Children’s Hospitals and with VIP kids and families on Christmas Day through caroling, bearing goodies and gifts. Our Caroling for Kids program is composed of three different ways of sharing hope;
1. Caroling for Kids teams share hope and encouragement with patients , families and caregivers at children’s hospitals on Christmas Day through caroling and bearing goodies and gifts!
2. Caroling Caravan are caroling teams that visit medically fragile VIP kids and their families who are homebound for Christmas. They deliver Christmas cheer and toys from Nathaniel’s Hope Toy Shop.
3. Nathaniel’s Toy Shop provides FREE toys at Christmas to VIP families with financial need.
Nathaniel’s Toy Store or Caroling Caravan for VIP Families
Families that are in financial need and that have a child with special needs and their siblings are invited to participate.
You can register here to shop for toys that have been donated by local Walgreens stores. Toys can be picked up at the Nathaniel’s Toy Store, which is located in Central Florida, while supplies last. Homebound families (those with medically fragile VIP kids) may be eligible for delivery by a Caroling Caravan Team on Christmas Day. You must have proper identification as well as a birth certificate for each child you have registered.
*** We are requiring proper identification for the adult shopping, birth certificates for each child you have registered (they must be living in your home), and proof of disability for the VIP. Examples of proof of disability are a benefits letter from Social Security, IFSP, IEP, 504 plan, medical report or record from doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, physical or therapist (OT, PT, SPH, LMHC, LCSW) or agency on letterhead that you receive services from for the disability.
Volunteers Register here:
Hospital Caroling Teams
Individuals and families volunteer their time on Christmas Day to sing carols and deliver Christmas goodies to uplift the spirits of those who are in the hospital on Christmas Day, though the real gift that is given is the gift of “your presence.” We also use seasoned musicians to lead the teams on guitar, keyboard, etc. This program began in Children’s Hospitals but has now expanded to include other Hospitals making it Caroling for Kids “of all ages.” Space is limited for these teams. REGISTER NOW!
Caroling Caravan families visit homes of medically fragile VIP kids and families on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day and deliver toys and Christmas cheer to those who are not able to leave their homes. Prayerfully consider embracing a family and asking friends to join you in caroling and also possibly giving a gift card, gas card or small gift basket to bless the family in addition to the toys that we provide. Please ask if you can take a picture to email to the office and share about your experience. REGISTER NOW!
Nathaniel’s Workshop Toy Store
Come volunteer in Nathaniel’s Toy Store where we help provide Christmas for VIP families. Volunteer jobs include gift wrapping, shopping, child care and prayer team. REGISTER NOW!
Additional ways that you can be involved this Christmas:
Before Christmas we need:
- New toys
- Individual prepackaged cookies, candies, crackers, chips, pretzels… any snack items!
- Store-bought, packaged Christmas cookies
- Large red and white candy canes
- New small beanie babies
- Volunteers to help prepare the goodies for the big day
- Financial donations
Beginning November 1st, you can drop off your donations at one of 130 participating Walgreens Stores in Central Florida. The deadline for dropping off these goodies is Tuesday, December 10.