Holidays From the Heart

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About the Holiday From the Heart Program

The Holidays From the Heart Program supports the most vulnerable and financially challenged patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Through Holidays From the Heart sponsorship, we seek to create hope for families by fulfilling some of their basic needs and alleviating some of the stress felt during the holiday season.

Hospital staff members identify, nominate and screen CHLA families will benefit the most from some additional support during the holiday season. In addition, Holidays From the Heart provides support for patient families year round through specific requests from CHLA staff.

The program began in 1993 with just two families. In 2017, over 318 families were sponsored. Though most of the families are from the Greater Los Angeles area, the program extends across all of Southern California and the nation.

Ways to Give

  • Make a Financial Donation
  • Donate Items
  • Sponsor a Family

Due to storage and space constraints, Holidays From the Heart can no longer accept large donations of in-kind gifts. Monetary donations to Holidays From the Heart will continue to support families through the fulfillment of “just in time” requests.

Your financial donation is tax-deductible and 100 percent will go towards supporting the program and families. Funding from this program continues to help our families throughout the entire year by providing essentials such as grocery and gas gift cards, school clothing and supplies, baby basics and more.

Click here to donate online.

To donate by check, make your check payable to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a notation of “Holidays From the Heart” in the memo section, and mail to:

Holidays From the Heart
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., #64
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Due to storage and space constraints, Holidays From the Heart can no longer accept large donations of in-kind gifts.  Please consider donating gift cards to support families year-round.  

  • Grocery Gift Cards (desired stores: Food 4 Less, Ralphs, Jons, Vons)
  • Gas Station Gift Cards (desired stations: Arco, 76, Shell, Chevron)
  • Target, Walmart, Amazon Gift Cards

Gift cards may be mailed to us at the following address:

Volunteer Resources Department
Attention: Holidays from the Heart Program

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd. #64
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Thank you for your interest in supporting Holidays From the Heart (HFTH) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The goal of our Holiday Family Totes is to provide gifts and some additional support during the holidays to patient families who are identified by CHLA Social Workers and staff.

Potential Sponsors who wish to support a family must submit a “Family Request” form by clicking here.

  • By filling out our form, sponsors agree to potentially support a family by purchasing items to fill a Holiday Tote with new and unused age-specific gifts.
  • Please note, that submission of a family request does not guarantee a family assignment. Sponsors will be considered in the order we receive the requests.

Sponsors who are matched with a family will receive an email confirmation with next steps, a “Family Bio” information sheet with ages of family members, and a gift guideline to help direct your purchases. All gifts for families must be delivered to CHLA by November 29, 2021.

Below is an example of the gift guideline:

  • 2-4 individuals in family: $100 grocery card, a $50 gas card and 2 personalized items for each family member.
  • 5-7 individuals in family: $150 grocery card, a $100 gas card and 2 personalized items for each family member.
  • 8-10+ individuals in family: $200 grocery card, a $100 gas card and 2 personalized items for each family member.