Christmas with Nathaniel’s Hope

Caroling for Kids

 Watch the Caroling for Kids/Nathaniel’s Toy Shop promo from last year!

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. Based out of Central Florida, 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! Join a caroling team, accompany with an instrument, or help provide goodies- candy canes, small stuffed animals, and prepackaged Christmas cookies!

2. Caroling Caravateams visit prescreened, medically fragile VIP kids and their families who are home-bound for Christmas. They deliver Christmas cheer and toys from Nathaniel’s Toy Shop to a family’s home. Sign up and take a team of people with you! Or, if you have a medically fragile VIP and are home bound, apply to have a caroling team visit you!

3. Nathaniel’s Toy Shop provides FREE toys to VIP families with a financial need at Christmas. Host a toy drive, donate a toy at Walgreens, or help at Nathaniel’s Toy Shop! Or, if you have a child with special needs and need assistance, this shop is for you! 

Click here to find out how it all began. :)

*Currently these programs are only located in Central Florida.*


VIP Families:

Nathaniel’s Toy Shop
Central Florida 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 at local Walgreens stores and other locations. Toys can be picked up (while supplies last) at Nathaniel’s Toy Shop, which is located in Central Florida.

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Home-bound families (those with medically fragile VIP kids) who are in financial need and are located in Central Florida may be eligible for delivery by a Caroling Caravan team on Christmas Eve/Day. Caroling Caravan VIP families must go through a screening process.

Please note: Space is limited for Caroling Caravan, so registration will close earlier than Nathaniel’s Toy Shop registration.

For both Nathaniel’s Toy Shop and Caroling Caravan you must have proper identification as well as a birth certificate for each child registered. (See below.***)

Registration will open November 1st.

*** 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.


 

Volunteer Opportunities:

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. 

Registration will open November 1st. 

 

Caroling Caravan
Caroling Caravan families visit homes of prescreened, 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.

Registration will open November 1st. 

 

Nathaniel’s Workshop Toy Shop
Come volunteer in Nathaniel’s Toy Shop where we help provide Christmas for VIP families in Central Florida.  Volunteer jobs include gift wrapping, shopping, child care and prayer team. Or, consider hosting a toy drive to collect toys for Nathaniel’s Toy Shop at your business, school, church, or organization!

Registration will open November 1st.

 

 


 

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. 

If you are interested in HOSTING a toy drive at your Central Florida business, church, school or organization, contact Brianna Kuck at briannak@nathanielshope.org or 407-857-8224.