Upcoming Events:

Can you pick up an item for children and families served by the YWCA ? There are many easy ways to help spread joy this season! 

  • Donate new items to the YWCA Christmas Store by Dec. 17. Items can be delivered to the YWCA at 304 N. 8th Street. See list of needed items below.
  • Donate new $10 toys or $10 gift cards to the Toy Drop event, which allows Santa to bring a wrapped gift to all children served by the YWCA. See Toy Drop locations for drop-off below!

December 18- 20: YWCA Christmas Store is open to serve families living in the YWCA Shelter. There are currently 30 children living in the Shelter and they will be celebrating the holidays there as they take next steps toward escaping domestic violence. The Christmas Store offers children and their mothers who are living at the Shelter an opportunity to select and wrap gifts for each other at no cost to Shelter residents. Volunteers guide “shoppers” through the Christmas Store to help them locate needed items. Items are needed as Christmas Store “inventory”, including:

You may bring items to the YWCA at 304 N. 8th Street prior to Dec. 18. Contact Carrie Turner for any questions or to volunteer at: cturner@ywcasj.org or 816-232-4481











St. Joe Sign “Signs of the Season” Toy Drive
Santa Will Make the “Big Drop” From a St. Joe Sign Crane Truck for Children Served by the YWCA 

Each year, St. Joe Sign hosts a special event for all children served by YWCA programs (Shelter, childcare and more). Called the Toy Drive and Toy Drop, Santa himself is lowered to the ground from a crane truck with a huge bag of wrapped gifts for the children in front of the YWCA building at 304 N. 8th Street.

Beginning December 1st, St. Joe Sign is collecting $10 gifts that will be delivered in his bag during the Toy Drop on Dec. 14th. Community members are invited to donate items at several Toy Drop locations across the area. Please donate new items, and gift cards that teens could enjoy are especially needed (such as Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Subway cards, etc).  Bring items and gift cards to the following Toy Drive and Toy Drop locations:

Toy or gift card drop-off locations include:

  • St. Joe Sign
  • Hunan Restaurant
  • Clearview Insurance Specialists
  • Allison’s School of Dance
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Pizza Shoppe
  • St. Joseph Title
  • Clark Family Dentistry
  • Don Tolly – American Family Insurance
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

Dec. 14 – St. Joe Sign Toy Drop: The big toy drop event with Santa is Dec. 14th at 6 p.m. at the YWCA, 304 N. 8th Street. During the event, all the children and families served by YWCA programs (including Shelter, childcare, counseling and more) will gather to watch as Santa is lowered to the ground from a crane truck with a huge bag of toys. This event is open only to children served by the YWCA, but all families are invited to participate by donating $10 toys or $10 gift cards. Thank you for your help with this awesome event!