Winter Wishes is an annual holiday-themed event partnering with six pre-schools in the City of New Brunswick since December 2009. The pre-schools are a part of the Puerto Rican Action Board (also known as PRAB), a human services agency in the city, and Catholic Charities.
Winter Wishes provides over 400 New Brunswick pre-school children with gifts for the holiday season that their families may not be able to provide. Each child’s wish is “adopted” by a member of the Rutgers community to create a personal holiday experience. The children will also be invited to a holiday event to remember with activities, games, and to receive their gifts.
Adopt a Child’s Winter Wish!
Members of the Rutgers community and groups will be able to register to adopt a wish using an online registration form that will be made available in October. Once you complete the form you will be contacted with the information about your child via email. Once you have received this email, you must confirm your participation and acceptance within 48 hours. If you have any questions about adopting a child’s winter wish, RUPA will be tabling at various student centers in late October and early November and will be able to answer any questions you may have. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By registering, members of the community volunteer to purchase gifts for a child based on their top three wants and top three needs. This may include toys and games, but often the children will need basic essentials like clothing and winter gear. We ask that you spend around $25 per child.
Individual and Group Registration
Members of the Rutgers community can register for wish adoption as a Group or Individual. Groups include student organizations, fraternities and sororities, University departments, and others. Students, faculty, and staff may register as individuals. There is a maximum limit of 10 wishes per group and 3 wishes per individual registration.
Both individual and group registration will open in late October.
All gifts must be brought to the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall on Thursday, November 18 between 12:00PM-8:00PM or Friday, November 19 between 11:00AM-5:00PM.
To Adopt a Child’s wish fill out this form: https://megr.wufoo.com/forms/qtmhvfr1bcy9p7/
Winter Wishes provides a number of volunteer opportunities for Rutgers students. Space for volunteers at these events are limited, so please sign up in a timely fashion. Volunteer registration will be open in late October and it is required for participation. Please email RUPA with any questions with any questions at email@example.com.
Friday, November 19, 2021: Wrapping Party
Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall at 8:00PM-10:00PM
Volunteers are invited to pack, wrap, and decorate donated gifts as well as create cards for the children. Volunteers will be accepted at the event on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled. There will be NO pre-registration required.
Saturday, December 4, 2021: Winter Wishes Party
Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall at 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Student organizations are invited to host a table and plan activities OR to perform at the Winter Wishes Party as well. Groups will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis as spaces are limited. Registration as an organization for the Winter Wishes Party will be available in late October.
Individual volunteers are also welcome and will be able to sign-up as well.
To sign up as an organization, fill out this form: https://megr.wufoo.com/forms/qltm06y0zx09wt/
To volunteer as an individual, fill out this form: https://megr.wufoo.com/forms/q9ik6vb1bi46ar/
Winter Wishes Donations
RUPA is currently seeking donations, including but not limited to:
- Monetary Donations
- Gift cards
- Children’s toys unwrapped (new only please!)
- Children’s clothing unwrapped (new only please!)
- Holiday Decorating Materials
- Wrapping Materials: Scissors, tape, gift boxes, gift bags, tissue paper, etc.
If you are a local business interested in donating money or supplies, please contact RUPA at RUPAcommunityservice@gmail.com for more information.
We are open to receiving corporate sponsorship as well. Please contact at RUPAcommunityservice@gmail.com for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.