2021 Holiday Giving Opportunities at Willis Dady

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Are you looking for ways to give back and make a difference this holiday season? Check out the following challenges and gifts we have for this winter season to help support our mission!


Backpack Challenge

We have a goal to receive and give out 200 stuffed backpacks to our clients this holiday season! Right now, there are over 100 people sleeping outside in our community and they need supplies to stay safe and warm this winter season. Will you accept the challenge?


To participate, grab a backpack and stuff them with the following items for our clients:

  • A folder to keep important documents

  • A small blanket that can fit back in the bag

  • A toiletry kit including wet wipes, razors, fingernail clippers, and a comb or brush

  • Non-perishable food items and snacks

  • New pairs of socks

  • Hand & foot warmers

  • A winter hat

  • A pair of warm winter gloves or mittens

Please bring donations of stuffed backpacks to our main shelter at 1247 4th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 by December 20th.


If you want to donate additional items in your backpack, please bring them outside of your finished backpack. We want to make sure that our clients receive similar stuffed backpacks and will make sure your additional items are given to our clients.


Gift Wrapped Clothing

Will you help us give a gift to those staying in the shelter this holiday season? We are asking for gifts of clothing for our clients this holiday season!


To participate, please purchase any of the following items and bring them to our main shelter at 1247 4th Ave SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52403:

  • Packs of T-shirts

  • Packs of Socks

  • Packs of Underwear

  • Sweatshirts

  • Sweatpants

  • Long-Sleeve Shirts

If you wrap your clothing gifts, please wrap each item individually and label what the gift is and the size on the outside. The most common sizes we need are Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.

If you are unable to wrap your gift, that is okay! We will make sure that gifts are wrapped before handing them out. Please bring these clothing gifts to our main shelter by Dec. 20th!


Shelter Necessities

An ongoing holiday giving challenge is to stock up on our shelter necessities!

Donations for shelter necessities do not require any gift wrapping or specific items, they are things that we use on a regular basis to help keep our shelter spaces clean. Please feel free to bring in any of the following items to our shelter to meet this holiday giving need:

  • Blankets

  • Dish Soap

  • Laundry Soap

  • Trash bags

  • Paper Towels

  • Disinfectant Spray

  • All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Unused Spray Bottles

If you have any questions about what type of items we use or about donating physical items, please reach out to our Volunteer & Operations Coordinator, Sierra, at 319-362-7555 or sierra@willisdady.org


Thank you for your support of individuals and families experiencing homelessness this holiday season!