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Holiday Gifts for Kids


The “Holiday Gifts for Kids Program” is a special community event for United Way of Bemidji Area and the event planning committee.  It is co-sponsored by RP Broadcasting and caring community volunteers who help organize the event. 

Each year more than 1,100 children, ages 0-16, experience a joyful Christmas thanks to the generosity and kindness of others.   Parents or legal guardians are required to sign-up to participate in the Holiday Gifts for Kids program, and on the distribution day they get the chance to "shop" for a gift for their child. In addition, each family will receives a board game.  


Holiday Gifts for Kids: Registration is open

Pre-Registration is required: 
Download the Holiday Gifts for Kids Guidelines and Registration Form
Deadline to turn in registration forms: December 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm

New, unwrapped toys and gifts can be donated to the following Bemidji locations through Tuesday, December 17, 2013:

    First National Bank - all locations
    L&M Fleet   
    Marketplace Foods
Thursday, December 19, 2013 is Holiday Gifts for Kids distribution day. Confirmation postcards will be mailed out to approved applicants on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.

To make a monetary donation, mail a check payable to:
   Holiday Gifts for Kids
United Way of Bemidji Area
   PO Box 27
   Bemidji, MN 56619-0027


Donate to the Program

Donate to the
Holiday Gifts for Kids Program
Do you remember the excitement and joy you felt as a child on Christmas morning? You have the opportunity to give that excitement and joy to a child in the Bemidji area who might otherwise go without this Christmas. By donating to the Holiday Gifts for Kids program: you help alleviate the financial stress many low income working parents or people living in poverty face during the holiday season; you are giving a child the opportunity to experience the spirit of Christmas; and you are providing memories that will last a lifetime.

The Holiday Gifts for Kids program provides children, ages 0-16, that reside within the Bemidji area school district, with an age appropriate toy. More than 1100 children take part in the program each year. All children must be pre-registered and meet the program's guidelines prior to participating.

Give via

or mail donation to:

Holiday Gifts For Kids
c/o United Way of Bemidji Area
PO Box 27
Bemidji, MN 56619

or donate a toy:

Please donate toys (valued at $20-$25) to the Holiday Gifts for Kids program. Collection boxes for toys and games are available at the following Bemidji locations:

First National Bank Bemidji
L & M Fleet Supply
Marketplace Foods