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North Pole Pal

Volunteer Opportunities

Help make this holiday season very merry for children and their families in Prince George’s County Maryland!  By participating in the North Pole Pal Volunteer Program, you, your family, your business, or your organization are connected with needy children during the season of giving. You can choose one or more related holiday volunteer opportunities below.

Interested in volunteering your time?

Contact us by Subscribing to the Website and entering your information.  

One of our Elves will contact you within 48 hours.

Toy Set-Up/Sorting/Inventory

Sort and inventory toys and gifts for children receiving the Christmas Experience. Volunteers must be able to drive to a central location, be comfortable with physical activity and lifting. Age requirement: 18 and up. Dress code: Casual; please wear closed-toe shoes. You will be assigned a task on the day of the event.

Night Before Christmas Box Assembly

 

Assemble Night Before Christmas Boxes with stocking stuffers and notes from Santa.. Volunteers must be able to drive to a central location, be comfortable with physical activity and lifting. Age requirement: 18 and up. Dress code: Casual; please wear closed-toe shoes. You will be assigned a task on the day of the event.

The Christmas Experience Distribution Team

Volunteers will dismount toys, food, and other items from vehicles and help set them up at designated distribution locations for families to pick up.  Volunteers may have to visit homes to ensure children receive their Christmas items.  Volunteers must be comfortable with physical activity and lifting. Age requirement: 18 and up. Dress code: Casual; please wear closed-toe shoes. You will be assigned a task on the day of the event.

North Pole Pal Driver

Become a Volunteer Driver! You can help in two ways.  1) Donate your time and vehicle to pick up donated items from individuals, businesses or other organizations. 2) Drive Distribution team and all the Christmas items to designated locations 3-5 days before Christmas Eve.  All drivers must commit in advance and drive their own vehicle.

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DONATION DRIVES

with Your Personal Parties, Business, or Organization

 

Organize your own drive. One of the most effective ways you can participate in The Christmas Experience is to organize a drive of your own.

FOOD Drive

 

How to organize your own food drive.

Organizing a food drive can be simple, easy and fun!  With the provided materials, you can run a successful food drive with minimum time commitment.  This drive will make a difference in the lives of low-income children and families during the holiday season.

 

Food Drive Guide:

  • The Christmas Experience suggests donations of food items to support a Christmas Dinner.  

  • Some examples include canned vegetables, boxed rice, mash potatoes, etc, jarred sauces, spices, and dry milk.

 

Five steps to a successful food drive:

  1. Select the dates of your drive. We suggest holding it for up to five days, so your group has one designated week to bring their items in. No matter what length of time you choose, plan on receiving items after your deadline. Expect the actual deadline to be a few days after the deadline that you publicize. All donations must be arranged for pick up by  December 19th, 2019.

  2. Advertise! Publicity is key to a successful drive. Spread the word to as many people as possible and don’t be shy about reminding them. Send out an email and make announcements. People like to be informed about ways they can help.

  3. Distribute printed publicity materials. Print out our  Christmas Food Drive Flyer and share it with the group who will be participating. Display them in public areas such as a front desk, break room, classroom or neighborhood community center.

  4. Set up a drop-off point. Print out our Christmas Food Drop-Off Point Flyer and post it in an easily accessible area. Attach another flyer to the box or bin that you are using to collect the food. Be sure to place the box or bin where people can see it.

  5. Collect, collect, collect! The hard part is over and it’s time for you to sit back and watch your group come together to help needy children and their families. After your food drive is complete, contact tchristmase@gmail.com so we can arrange to pick up food.

TOY Drive

 

How to organize your own toy drive.

Organizing a toy drive can be simple, easy and fun!  With the provided materials, you can run a successful toy drive with minimum time commitment.  This drive will make a difference in the lives of needy children and their families during the holiday season.

 

Toy Drive Guide:

  • NEW and UNWRAPPED toys/gifts (Gift Value of $10 or more) for children ages 5 –14.

  • The toys and gifts we need the most are for children ages 8-12.

  • Toy/Gift Ideas for this age group include: Bead Kits, Jewelry, Skateboards, Remote Control Cars, Sports Equipment (pumped), Legos, Art Supplies, Make-up Kits, Tote Bags, Crafts, Wallets/ Purses, Watches, Small Radios, and Dolls/Doll houses.

  • Please no toys of violence.

 

Five steps to a successful toy drive:

  1. Select the dates of your drive. We suggest holding it for up to five days, so your group has one designated week to bring their items in. No matter what length of time you choose, plan on receiving items after your deadline. Expect the actual deadline to be a few days after the deadline that you publicize. We ask that you arrange for toy pick up by December 19, 2019.

  2. Advertise! Publicity is key to a successful drive. Spread the word to as many people as possible and don’t be shy about reminding them. Send out an email and make announcements. People like to be informed about ways they can help.

  3. Distribute printed publicity materials. Print out our Christmas Toy Drive Flyer and share with the group who will be participating. Display them in public areas such as a front desk, break room, classroom or neighborhood community center.

  4. Set up a drop-off point. Print out our Toy Drop-Off Point Flyer and post it in an easily accessible area. Attach another flyer to the box or bin that you are using to collect the toys. Be sure to place the box or bin where people can see it.

  5. Collect, collect, collect! The hard part is over and it’s time for you to sit back and watch your group come together to help needy children and their families. After your toy drive is complete, contact tchristmase@gmail.com and we will arrange a toy pickup with one of our drivers.  

Monetary Donation Drive

Monetary Donation Drive Guide:

  • At your next personal party, office party, or holiday event, have your guest give donations via check, money order, or cash. You can also set up a computer for guests to donate directly to our GoFundMe account (will be available soon!)

  • Here is a sign-up sheet as well.  Have guests sign their name, address, and email address so we can thank them.  

  • Collect the monetary donations.  Deposit them into a bank account.  When ready, transfer the funds to our GoFundMe account.   You can set a goal and get guests excited about meeting it.  

  • We can also supply you with a “Party Pack” filled with tips, games, and potential prizes to make your party extra fun at your request! Send all inquiries to tchristmase@gmail.com.

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Donation Drive Tip

  • At your annual Christmas party, have your guests bring a toy, can of food, or monetary donation as their “entrance ticket.”

  • Please register your drive today! Click the link below!

  • All Donations will be accepted through December 15, 2019.

  • We have limited pick-ups available for large donations. Please email tchristmase@gmail.com by December 15, 2019 to secure a pick-up date.