Holiday Gift Drive and Winter Clothing Drive

Looking for a way to make an impact this holiday season? Washburn Center invites you to host a donation drive to support kids receiving transformative mental health services.

We have two specific needs this time of year – winter gear and holiday gifts for kids.

Holiday Gift Drive

Help brighten the holidays of children in need.

Each year, we work to help make the holidays a little brighter for the children we work with. Many of our families are unable to provide gifts to their kids during the season because of financial hardships.

The Holiday Gift Drive provides children served at Washburn Center with a gift to celebrate the season. Many of the wish lists we receive are for basic needs items; diapers, winter clothing, books or toys for the children.

Your generosity brings smiles to a lot of young faces — and joy to many hearts.

If you would like to participate, please consider one of the following options

  • Purchase gifts valued at $20-$25 that would be appropriate for kids ages 4-17,
  • Provide gift cards in $20-$25 increments for stores or activities (i.e. Target, I-tunes, etc.),
  • Contribute a donation in any amount. Please make checks payable to Washburn Center for Children and designate Gift Drive in the memo area. Checks can be mailed to: 1100 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

For further information or to participate please contact Ann-Marie Draeger at or 612.872.3344.

Winter Clothing Drive

As the temperature continues to drop, keeping warm becomes incredibly important – especially for kids. It’s hard to imagine shivering at the bus stop or not having boots while walking in the snow.

We ask you to please consider donating hats, gloves, scarfs, snow pants and boots to children served by Washburn Center. By giving the gift of warmth, you’ll help protect children from our frigid climate.

If you’d like to sponsor one or more children, please send your contact information (name and email address) and number of kids you would like to sponsor to Maura Mitchell at or 612.400.6376.

Donations will be collected the week of October 29 – November 2, 2018 at Washburn Center. Contact Maura for questions and to coordinate donation delivery.