10 Franklin Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

Holiday Assistance

Holiday Assistance Program: Focused on Collecting Donations of Holiday Gifts To Provide to Families In-Need During The Holiday Season.

Most of us look forward to the holiday season – a time of gift-giving, delicious family meals and warm memories. However, for some less fortunate residents of our community, the holidays are a stressful time, with money concerns often looming over the brightness of the season.

Here at Franklin Community Center, we believe everyone has the right to celebrate. That’s why we provide holiday assistance to those in need, offering a glimmer of hope through difficult economic times.

Saratoga Christmas Gifts For project Lift ChildrenWe provide Christmas gifts to our Project Lift families in need of some holiday help, our Manor residents, and dozens of other local families that have come to trust Franklin Community Center over the years. We take gift requests from the children and their parents, and we then match them up with generous donors from the area. It’s this collaboration between our staff and the caring residents of Saratoga that represents the true meaning of the holidays. Donations can be made during regular office hours, Monday – Thursday, 9 am –  4 pm and Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (excluding all major holidays).

Want to help us make a difference? Here are some ideas!

  • Host a holiday  food drive. Popular food pantry items include spaghetti and sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, rice sides, hearty soups, canned ravioli, breakfast items, beans, veggies, and canned fruit  or a gift card to a local grocery store to purchase a turkey. .
  • ‘Adopt’ a Family – email Jen@franklincommunitycenter.org or call 587-9826 x 225 to ‘adopt’ a family for the holidays. Each donor will be provided with a wish list from local children, including specific sizes and gift ideas. All donations for our holiday assistance program should be arranged with Jennifer who can be reached through the email and phone number listed above.  Due to concerns regarding food allergies, all gifts must be unwrapped.
  • Host a toy drive. Looking to help during the holidays but your not sure you want to participate in our ‘adopt’ a family program? This is the perfect option. For those families and children who were not ‘adopted’, FCC prepares gifts from donations of new toys and clothing or gift cards from generous donors. Donations for our holiday assistance program should be arranged with Jennifer Briggs.  You can reach her at Jen@franklincommunitycenter.org. Due to concerns regarding food allergies, all gifts must be unwrapped.

Holiday Assistance Client Guidelines

Applications for holiday assistance will be available beginning 10/1/19 for children ages 2-14 at Franklin Community Center (10 Franklin Street, Saratoga Springs). Applications may be picked up Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm and Friday, 9 am-2 pm. Please note, Franklin Community Center observes all major holidays; please call ahead if you are unsure of the hours of operation.

Applications must be fully completed and returned, to Franklin Community Center on one of the following dates. The program is NOT first come, first serve. Please plan to register your application on a date that best fits your schedule.  

2019 Holiday Assistance Sign Up Dates:

Wednesday 10/30:  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tuesday 11/5:  4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday 11/14: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Monday 11/18: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

 Holiday assistance at Franklin Community Center is only available to residents of Saratoga County; please be prepared to provide photo ID and proof of residency of child(ren) (report card, doctor note, etc)  when registering your application.

If you have any questions, please call 518-587-9826 or email Jen@franklincommunitycenter.org.