Y Wishes – Holiday Donation Drives at the Y

The YMCA of Metro North is hosting its annual holiday charity drives to help make the wishes of children and families come true. We’re collecting toys, coats, presents for children, gift cards, and more this season to distribute to our neighbors in need. Drop off your donations in December and spread some holiday good will and cheer.

Y Wishes Holiday Drives

Each of our branches are hosting a holiday drive to collect toys, winter apparel, and food for those in need. Help us create a happy holiday for families by participating in one of Y Wishes drives. If you’re not back to in person visits at the Y yet, consider sending a donation of toys or clothes directly through an online retailer, to any of our YMCA branches.


The Lynn YMCA will host a School Age Toy Drive from November 30-December 20 this year. All donations will be given to Toys for Tots for distribution of popular toys for local families in need. The Lynn community is welcome to drop off an unwrapped toy at the Lynn YMCA Welcome Center during the month of December for our Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. All gifts will be delivered to local families on December 24th.

The Lynn YMCA also hosts a holiday sock, glove, and hat drive each year for the residents who live in our Lynn YMCA housing. If you are interested in participating you can drop off a donation of unused socks, hats, or gloves to the Lynn YMCA Welcome Center from November 30-December 20.

Melrose YMCA
Help the Melrose YMCA make the holiday wishes of a family in need come true this season. We are running a gift card drive at our Main Street location from November 30-December 20. Rather than selecting a toy for a family, you can donate a gift card to Amazon, Target, or a local small business to our drive. Gift cards will be given to families in need at our Y Academy programs across the YMCA of Metro North.

Melrose Y Academy
The Melrose Y Academy plans to host its annual Giving Tree again this year to provide gifts for children in the program whose families are in need during the holiday season. Families will provide wish lists and families in the program will sponsor an anonymous child by purchasing gifts from their list for the family. If you are interested in sponsoring a child please contact Karen Tringale at ktringale@metronortymca.org.

Saugus YMCA
Once again this year, the Saugus YMCA will host its annual Angel Tree program. The tree will be up in the Saugus YMCA beginning Monday, November 30th. Due to the devastating effects of the pandemic we have already surpassed our usual request for help from families in our community. We expect that number will continue to climb as the holiday season approaches. We keep all requests for help confidential and on our Angel Tree you will find only the age and interests of the child you are providing for. Please consider being an angel this year. Stop by the Saugus Family YMCA lobby to take an angel off our tree to fulfill the wishes of one boy or girl in need.

YMN Gymnastics Center Toy Drive

The Gymnastics Center is committed to helping those in need. Beginning November 30th – December 18th we will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages. Each and every gift we receive is given to a YMCA of Metro North family in need. For some, these are the only gifts they will receive this holiday season. We know there are many giving opportunities available to you and we greatly appreciate you considering a donation to our cause.

Stoneham Y Academy
The staff and families at the Stoneham Y Academy are excited to bring back their annual winter coat drive this year! Y Academy families and community members are encouraged to drop off an unused coat at the Stoneham Y Academy to be donated to a child in our other YMCA of Metro North Y Academy programs. Last year we were able to provide over 30 children with brand new winter coats!

Torigian YMCA in Peabody

The Torigian YMCA is excited to host an Angel Tree in our lobby this year for members and the community to sponsor a child from one of our Y Academy programs in need this holiday season. Members will have the opportunity to select a child of a certain age and shop from their wish list to ensure their holidays wishes come true. All gifts must be turned in unwrapped to the Torigian YMCA Welcome Center by December 21st.

The Torigian YMCA is also hosting a Holiday Toy Drive in our lobby for children ages 5-12. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in the lobby and we will donate toys to children in YMCA of Metro North childcare programs who are in need.