YMCA of Central Ohio

You can give a child a magical holiday

Become an ELF in Santa’s Workshop

Benefiting children and families at VAN BUREN CENTER

We want to surprise each child with a magical gift this Holiday season. Our goal is simple! We desire each child to feel the joy and hope that the Holiday season brings. We want each child to open a gift precisely given with them in mind.

Every day, Van Buren Center provides shelter to more than 100 families experiencing homelessness in Columbus. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) calculated  for every 100 low income households looking to rent affordable housing, only 30 units are available. The remaining percentage of families are at risk of homelessness, and must sometimes wait up to two years on a waiting list for subsidized housing assistance.

The majority of homeless families in the U.S. are headed by single mothers. In addition to feeding and caring for their children, single mothers must also find time to secure a flexible job to be able to afford safe housing.

However, the issue is, as NLIHC reported, “in no state can an individual working a typical 40-hour work week at the minimum wage afford a two-bedroom apartment for his or her family.”

Since 2014, Van Buren Center has provided shelter to more than 12,000 individuals in our community.

Your generous donation can assist with making this a MAGICAL HOLIDAY for every child. For some families, these are the only gifts that they will receive all year. You can help make the holidays special.

How an elf can contribute

  • Purchase gift cards and food certificates.
    Donations of any amount are accepted and may be tax deductible.
  • Sponsor one or more children.
    You’ll receive each child's wish list, shop for the toys, wrap each gift separately, and deliver them to Santa’s Workshop.
  • Give new, unwrapped toys; stockings; stocking stuffers; & gifts of your choice.
    Simply drop them off at Santa’s Workshop.
  • Volunteer in Santa’s Workshop.
    Contact us for details.

Help make a child's wish come true this year

    payable to the YMCA of Central Ohio (memo: Van Buren Santa Workshop) and send it to Santa’s Workshop, 595 Van Buren Center, Columbus, OH 43223.
    by contacting Kristian Tucker at kristian.tucker@ymcacolumbus.org or (614) 715-2030


Kristian Tucker

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(614) 715-2030