Holiday Assistance

Making Holidays Brighter

The South Shore YMCA Holiday Assistance Program provides toys, meals and clothing to thousands of South Shore families each year. Through generous contributions and support from local businesses, organizations and individuals, we can bring a light of hope to those who need it most, during the holidays and all year round. This critical program gives much more than just material possessions for a holiday celebration. It brings a sense of belonging which creates an inner-springboard of self-confidence and a desire to give back.

How to Apply

The holiday assistance program is for income-eligible residents in our service area. To be eligible for the assistance program, your household income must be below the levels stated below. Gifts can be provided to each household member 16 or younger.



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Please note that due to a national bike shortage we are not able to accommodate any bike requests this year. All gift requests should be valued at $50 or less.

We strive to provide three gifts and a jacket, shirt to each household member age 16 years or younger.

Please use this size chart for any clothing items.

Clothing Size Chart

Infant Newborn, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months
Toddler 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T
Girl’s X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
Women’s Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
Boy’s X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large
Men’s Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large

Ways to Register

You can register one four different ways:

  • Online
  • Email
  • Mail
  • Appointment

However you choose to register, you must provide the following:

  • Proof of Income for each household member (lease, 2019 tax return, letter from unemployment, 4 consecutive pay statements, etc)
  • Proof of Residency (lease, utility bill, etc)
  • Proof of guardianship (lease, school report, birth certificate, etc)

Register Online:

Click on the link below and complete the online registration form. Your gifts will not go into the system until you submit proof of eligibility by email or mail.


Register By Email:

Download the holiday assistance program registration form complete the form, email it along with your proof of eligibility to

Register By Mail:

Download the holiday assistance program registration form and mail it along with proof of eligibility to:

  • HAP – Germantown Neighborhood Center
    366 Palmer Street, Quincy MA 02169

Or drop it in the black mailbox by the front door (Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm)

Register By Appointment

Call 617-376-1384 or email to make an appointment, appointments can be made on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays

Holiday Wish List – Items in Need

Your contributions enrich the lives of those less fortunate in our community. If you would like to help, please look at the current holiday wish list below.

  • Cash Donations
  • Holiday Dinner Food Baskets
  • Stop & Shop Gift Cards
  • Mobile Gas Gift Cards
  • Wal-Mart Gift Cards
  • New Winter Coats (All Sizes)
  • New Children’s Clothing (All Sizes)
  • New Children’s Pajamas (All Sizes)
  • Children’s Socks & Underwear
  • New Blankets (All sizes)
  • Teen Gifts (MP3 players, movie gift cards, retail gift cards, jewelry, hairdryers, sweatshirts, etc.) for male and females (All Sizes)
  • Laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, shampoo
  • New Household Items

There’s love here, there’s compassion, there’s empathy, there’s peace, joy, there’s everything. You can come here for Christmas assistance, clothes assistance, any need. Everything that they do here is all about connecting people and bringing them to the next level in life. It’s powerful amazing work. Karen, Germantown Resident

How You Can Help

To help our neighbors enjoy a happier holiday season, please consider donations of gift, money or volunteer your time. Donations may be dropped off at:

  • Germantown Neighborhood Center, 366 Palmer Street, Quincy, MA 02169
  • Quincy YMCA, 79 Coddington Street, Quincy, MA 02169
  • Emilson YMCA, 75 Mill Street, Hanover, MA 02339

Please contact us for more information.

Contact Us


To help the South Shore YMCA and our hopes to bring happier holidays to those in need, please give generously. Because you give, we can give back.