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.

Three Ways to Give

Adopt a Family

You can make the holidays brighter for neighbors in need by adopting a local family and donating the items on their holiday list. To adopt a local family this holiday, contact Kathy Quigley at 857-891-0378 or

Purchase Wish List Items

If you'd like to select a gift or two from our general Holiday Wish List, simply fill out the form, tell us what you'd like to buy, and drop off unwrapped presents to our locations by December 16 Purchase Wish List Gifts


Families across the South Shore need help providing warm meals, clothing and holiday gifts this year. Your donation can help sustain our food pantry to feed our neighbors in need and make the holidays brighter for all. Donate

How to Apply for Holiday Assistance

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. Registration for 2020 is closed, but email us at for assistance

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 at for more information.


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.