The 25th annual holiday gift drive launches

Phillips Brooks House’s gift pile. File Photo by Stephanie Mitchell

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For the past 25 years, Harvard departments have worked with Phillips Brooks House to collect gifts during the holiday season for nearly two dozen community-based youth service programs in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.  This year, Phillips Brooks House is excited to partner with Memorial Church and the Harvard Black Men’s Forum to support our campus collection efforts. The annual gift drive, which will run through Dec. 14th, will provide books, sports equipment, games, toys, and art supplies to children this holiday season.  There is often a need for toys for older children (ages 10 and above) that many community partners struggle to meet on their own.

Phillips Brooks House collects all their toys, compiles and arranges them to be distributed for the holiday season. File Photo Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard University News Office

In addition to the Holiday Gift Drive, Phillips Brooks House will be accepting canned food and coat donations on behalf of Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and Y2Y Harvard Square.  Donations can be left in marked receptacles on the first floor of the Phillips Brooks House.

We would like to thank all participating departments, staff members, and students for their support over the years.  We would also like to extend an invitation to everyone on the Harvard campus and beyond to donate gifts for children of all ages.  Gifts must be new and unwrapped, and can be dropped off at the Phillips Brooks House in Harvard Yard, or in any of the designated collection boxes across campus.  Harvard staff and student volunteers will sort the gifts for distribution to community agencies the week of Dec. 17.