Holiday for Hope

Holiday for Hope was the beginning of Dreams for Kids. It all began in a small homeless shelter, Clara’s House on December 24, 1989. Through the inspiration of children who had never known what it was like to have a Christmas, we created a program to give them just that. We came with gifts, food, Santa Claus, and the joy of hope. We left knowing we had to do more. And so we did. Every year it grew, and we, people of all faith invited others around the world to join us. Today, Holiday for Hope is the largest holiday event of its kind in the world and brings over 1,500 homeless and severely at-risk children to one location in Illinois and over 6,000 worldwide, on one day in December to share the holiday spirit. None of this would be possible without people just like you.

Join us and enroll your family, friends and co-workers. Host a toy drive. Raise funds. Volunteer at the event. We need your help.

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Holiday for Hope Around the World

Click on each marker to see where Holiday for Hope is celebrated around the world.