The holiday season brings families together. But for the nation’s 400,000 foster children, this time of year can feel particularly isolating as it reminds them of the families and friends left behind and the permanent families they long to have. It’s also a time when foster families are spread thin trying to juggle multiple responsibilities, stretching already strained budgets and may even receive new children just days before the holidays begin.

Together with our communities help, we can bring joy, laughter, and magic back to the holidays. There are many ways you can help a foster child, whether you donate a gift, make a monetary donation to create special experiences or even help give back by purchasing holiday gifts that donate back to foster kids. Our goal is to make this holiday season fun, festive and joyful.

Ticket to Dream Gift of Play

November 1st – December 31st 

Many children entering foster care have never been the movies, the zoo, seen their favorite team take the court, or feel the thrill of a roller coaster. This holiday season we want to change that by giving them the gift of play. Your online donation will allow foster children to have a day filled with fun, wonder and create memories they will cherish. Want to help? Donate online or create an online fundraiser.

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Toy Drive

November 1st – December 17th 

Mattress Firm and Ticket to Dream want foster children across the country to feel special, remembered and experience joy this holiday season. You can help keep the magic of the holidays alive by helping us collect unwrapped holiday gifts for foster children of all ages, infants to teens. Helping is easy, just donate unwrapped gifts at Mattress Firm stores through Dec. 17th and we’ll match them with a foster child in your area.

Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28th- Mattress Firm will MATCH every Mattress Firm Foster Kids online donation to help us reach even more kids.

Host a Toy Drive

November 1st – December 16th 

Hosting a holiday party? Want to create a little holiday cheer in the office? Hosting a toy drive is a great way to help foster kids celebrate the holidays and bring your team together for a great cause. Have fun with it! Decorate moving boxes in fun wrapping paper and spread the word. Reach out to us at for more info and to find a drop off location near you.

BEARPAW Boot for Boot Program

November 27th – December 11th
Properly-fitting shoes are essential items that boost foster kids self-esteem and confidence. This holiday season BEARPAW is partnering with Ticket to Dream to provide thousands of pairs of warm, comfortable and fashionable boots but we need your help! Purchase a pair of boots at from Nov. 27-Dec. 11, and BEARPAW will donate a pair of boots to a foster child.

Impactful Ways To Shop This Holiday Season AND Give Back to Foster Kids


Amazon Smile

Still have shopping to do? Amazon to the rescue and yes a portion of your purchase can benefit foster kids too! Just do all your Amazon shopping at and select Ticket to Dream Foundation as your beneficiary. Amazon Smile is the same great online shopping experience you just give back at the same time!



Want to collaborate to help foster kids? We’re always thrilled to work with companies, communities, groups or individuals to find creative and impactful ways to help foster kids just be kids. Reach out to Gina Davis to learn more