Holiday Gift Assistance


Each year for Christmas, Community Services hosts a holiday giving program.  The mission of the Town of North Haven’s Community Services’ Annual Season of Giving Program is to ensure that North Haven families who are experiencing financial hardship have gifts to provide their children (18 and under) during the holiday season.


This program is intended for North Haven families experiencing financial hardship, with children ages 18 and under. This program is intended for parents, guardians or direct caregivers only; grandparents are allowed only if they are custodial parent (they will be asked to show proof of guardianship).

Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be asked to present the following: 

  1. Driver’s license (proving residency)
  2. Birth certificates for each child in the household
  3. Proof of hardship.  Acceptable forms of proof include but are not limited to:  Social Security benefit letters, State of CT Connect cards, Husky cards, SNAP benefit letters, Care 4 Kids letters. 

Each qualifying family will receive a private appointment, with a 30-minute time limit. During that time, a Community Services staff member will accompany the family in the toy distribution room while they make their selections.  Appointments are available for one week in December, usually 1-2 weeks before Christmas.  Signups begin the first Monday following Thanksgiving each year.


The Department welcomes donations of new, unwrapped toys, however there is a constant shortage for “tween and teen friendly” items.   Suggested gift ideas would be provided upon request.  Monetary donations and gift cards are also greatly accepted.  If you would like to sign up, receive further information or have any questions regarding these programs, you are welcome to call any time after Thanksgiving.

The Community Services office is located at the Town Hall Annex, 5 Linsley St., and is open between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.