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Campus Holiday Gift Drive

Monday, November 17- Friday, December 12 

The annual F&M campus holiday gift drive has been a tradition since 1987. You can be part of this wonderful tradition!

Please consider choosing a name(s) from the agency lists below and purchasing a gift. You will make someone's holiday a bit brighter this year!

Thank you!

NEW Gift Selection Instructions

To choose a name from one or more of the organization(s) listed follow the 2014 Agency Wish List link. This takes you to the shared Google spreadsheet.

  1. Each agency has its own tab in the spreadshset. Click on the tab for the agency you wish to purchase gifts.
  2. Enter your name (or if a Department is purchasing for a group, you can enter the Department) and an extension to call if Sandi has questions about your selection.

Multiple people (or a deparment) can be added to purchase items in a wish list for one person, if you choose. If there are several items on the list just indicate in the next column what items you are purchasing. If you need to make a column larger, feel free to do so in order to accomodate multiple names. Contact  if you need assistance.

Please be a careful editor! This spreadsheet is accessible to all of F&M and everyone has editing capabilites so you can enter your name beside your wish choices. 

Agencies have noticed that some of their clients feel some people get more or bigger gifts than others. So some agencies are requesting more gift cards this year. 

2014 Agency Wish List Google Spreadsheet

Call or email  at the Ware Institute at 291-4164 if you have any questions or problems trying to enter your name in the spreadsheet. 

We appreciate your patience as we work on this new way to select names as we bridge the old/new web site.

2014 Gift Drive Agency Beneficiaries

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster -
  • Church World Service
  • Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster Co.
  • New Choices
  • Reynolds Middle School
  • Spanish American Civic Association of Lancaster 
  • Squash A.C.E.S.
  • U.S. Marine Toys for Tots

  • Toys for Tots

    Donations of new, or very gently used toys for children aged 1-13 in the marked bins in the Steinman College Center Atrium between November 17 and
    December 12
    . Items should not be wrapped.

Gift Labeling Instructions

  • Once your selection is confirmed by Sandi, she will send you a color coded gift tag to fill out and attach to the gift.
  • Please print the person's name on the gift tag. 
  • If you have multiple gifts for one person, EACH GIFT should have a gift tag. If you have to copy the color gift tag to put a tag on each gift, the color won't matter as long as the organization's name and the person's name is on each gift. Sandi can replace your copied tag with a colored one when it gets checked in.
  • If there is no name associated with the gift you purchased, please securely attach the color coded gift tag to your gift. On a separate sticky note, write your name and attach it to the gift so it can be checked in.
Gift Cards (for all organizations):
  • Gift card(s) should be in unsealed envelope(s).
  • Dollar amount should be written on each gift card and the receipt can be included in the unsealed envelope.
  • If you received a color-coded label with the organization's name, please tape that to the gift card envelope. (Boys & Girls Club names do NOT have a color-coded tag.)
  • If you don't have a color coded gift tag, please write the name of the organization on the envelope.
  • Write your name on a sticky note and attach it to the gift card envelope so it can be checked in.
  • Gift cards can be in any amount starting with $5. You can purchase more than one gift card in smaller increments, if you choose. Smaller increments will be distributed among family members, so everyone will have a gift.
  • Suggested gift cards stores:
    • Giant
    • Weis 
    • CVS
    • Rite Aid
    • Wal-Mart
    • Target
    • KMart 
    • Old Navy 
    • Payless Shoes 
    • Dollar Tree
    • Staples
    • Office Max. 


Boys and Girls Club Gift Cards do NOT NEED gift tags and they should NOT be wrapped. 
Gift Cards:
Gift cards should be in unsealed envelopes, with "Boys and Girls Club" written on the front. Amount of gift card should be written on each card and the receipt can be included in the unsealed envelope. Please DO NOT SEAL the envelope! Please attach your name to the gift with a sticky note so it can be checked in.
School Uniforms
  • All sizes are needed for boys and girls
  • Pants, skirts and jumpers in Kahaki or navy.
  • Shirts that have plain, collared tops and sweaters in navy, light blue or white.

Please deliver all gifts to the Ware Institute before or by Friday, December 12

Thank you for considering to participate in the campus holiday gift drive!


If you need more than one gift tag or if you have questions about the gift drive, please contact  at the Ware institute 291-4164.

  • Boys and Girls Club of Lancaster
  • 2014 Gift Drive Agency Benificiaries

    The Ware Institute strives to select community partners that have a wide and diverse group of clients for the annual gift drive.

    The Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster

    The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club  of Lancaster is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to become productive, caring, responsible adults. They provide critical programs and services to nearly 2,700 children every day at two clubs in Lancaster and one in Columbia. Despite our positive impact on the community, the need for our services remains strong.

    Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster Co.

    Founded in 1976 as a component of the Community Action Program of Lancaster County, Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County (DVS) provides assistance each year to approximately 1,700 victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. DVS is the only agency in Lancaster County providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence. Services include: 24-hour Hotline, Emergency Shelter, Group and Individual Domestic Violence Education/Peer Counseling, Legal Advocacy, and Transitional Housing. All services are confidential.

    New Choices Career Development

    New Choices Career Development program is a life-changing opportunity for women in transition to achieve economic self-sufficiency through personal development, career guidance and job training. The women we serve are from many socio-economic backgrounds linked together by one common factor: they are women in transition; they have either sought change—those looking for new employment, those who have recently separated or are in the process of divorce,  those seeking new opportunities—or those who have change thrust upon them—the  first-time pregnant, the recently widowed, or laid-off.

    Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) Senior Citizens

    Enhancing the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.
    Drop into the Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center any weekday morning and you will see a lively community at work as Hispanics and seniors from all over Lancaster County get together for a hot breakfast, a bit of socializing and maybe a spirited game of dominos or cards. The center provides activities like Spanish news and conversation groups, mental health support, yoga classes, music appreciation or arts and crafts.

    Church World Service Refugee Reception Program of Lancaster

    Partnering with U.S. Reception and Placement Program, Church World Service Global strives to ensure that core services like medical appointments, housing, furniture, clothing and food, English as a second language (ESL) registration, school registration, job, and cultural orientation are provided for these individuals. With the help of local co-sponsoring churches, this program welcomes approximately 300 refugees a year to Central Pennsylvania and aims to help refugees adjust and become self-sufficient shortly after their arrival to the United States.

    Reynolds Middle School

    Reynolds Middle school student's primary needs are school uniforms of all sizes, books, board games or sports equipment. 

    Squash A.C.E.S students

    Some students participating in the Squash ACES program and their siblings are in need of some holiday joy. Please consider donating to these families.

    The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots

    Since 1987, the US Marines Toys for Tots have been providing toys for underprivlidged children. This organization has been part of the campus gift drive since 2006.  

If you have much, give of your wealth;
if you have little, give of your heart.
                                         ...Arab Proverb

  • 13 Campus Gift Drive
  • alternative gift fair
  • 2014 Alternative Gift Fair
  • Saturday, November 22 from 10-4 at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster

    Consider doing your holiday shopping at Lancaster's Annual Alternative Gift Fair. The Gift Fair is an opportunity to give back to the larger community and honor your loved ones at the same time. Instead of purchasing traditional gifts, participants honor their friends and family by making meaningful donations to local and global non-profits while improving the lives of others who are not on anyone’s gift list!