Donation Drives

Service Learning projects offer both youth and adults an opportunity to learn about important issues, take action, and make a difference in the world around them! More than volunteering, service-learning is a deliberate process through which people figure out what excites them and what skills and passions they can share as part of the larger world.

Drive Dates: May 13th – June 7th

The YMCA has partnered with HomeAid OC and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County to raise awareness and support homeless families as they rebuild their lives. Every child needs these essentials. Help them by donating diapers and baby wipes!

How it all comes together…

YMCA child care centers collect diapers and baby wipes to support families living in shelters across Orange County. All items are gathered and delivered to the Builders for Babies event held at the Angels Stadium on June 21, 2019. Items are distributed to families in need in our community.

Items Needed:

  • Diapers (sizes 4-6)
  • Baby wipes

Click here to find your nearest Child Care Donation Site.

Drive Dates: 2019 Information Coming Soon!

The Y is excited to support our young learners with a new backpack full of supplies to ready them for the upcoming school year! This year we are focusing our efforts to collect supplies for our 1,200+ After School Education & Safety (ASES) Program students. This program supports low-income families by providing a safe and educational after school environment through state grants and YMCA fundraising.

How it Works

  1. Fill a backpack with items from the suggested list below OR donate items towards filling a backpack.
  2. Drop off donations at your local YMCA health & wellness facility.

Suggested Items

  • Backpacks
  • Colored Pencils (12 Count)
  • #2 Pencils
  • 1” Binders with Paper
  • Glue Sticks
  • Crayons (24 count)
  • Pens (Black/Blue)
  • Dividers for Binders
  • Safe Scissors for Ages 6-12
  • Basic Calculators
  • Folders
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Cases
  • Rulers

Drive Dates: October 15th – December 7th, 2018

Join us this holiday season by creating a warm fuzzy blanket to give to senior centers and emergency care centers in Orange County.

This year, the Y will be asking Corporate Groups who wish to participate for a monetary donation for the blanket supplies. The cost per blanket is $14. It is up to the company how many blankets they would like to make.

Click here to view flyer

Benefits to participating

  1. Team Building
  2. Giving back to your local community
  3. THe Y will be responsible for picking up the supplies and leading the event

Drive Dates: October 15th – December 7th, 2018

Join us this holiday season by donating items to a neighbor in need. All bags will be distributed to local retirement homes, seniors, and families in need.

How your group can get involved

  1. YMCA staff can deliver empty bags to your corporation/group.
  2. Your corporation/group can organize your efforts to donate items and fill bags.
  3. Once the bags are filled, the YMCA will collect and distribute the bags based on areas of need.

Click here to view flyer

Suggested Gift List


  • Scarves
  • Small Blankets
  • Cozy Socks or Slipper Socks with Non-slip Treads on the Bottom
  • Plain Unscented Lotion
  • Chapstick/Lip Gloss
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Wipes
  • Warm Gloves
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Travel Coffee Mug


  • Pens/Pencils
  • Deck of Cards
  • Games
  • Crossword Puzzles/Word Search Books
  • Sudoku Books
  • Stationary/Journal
  • Gift Cards (Target, Starbucks, etc.)

Please no food or used items.

Drive Dates: October 15th – November 14th, 2018

Join us in bringing holiday cheer to our troops overseas. With your help and support, the YMCA of Orange County will send stockings filled with much needed items and pieces of home to our military families.

How it All Comes Together…

  1. Donations Collected: YMCAOC Child Care Sites.
  2. YMCA Child Care Stuffing Party: Staff and students sort donations and fill stockings.
  3. Stockings Shipped to Troops: Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise packs and ships all stockings overseas.
  4. Troops Receive Stockings: Our troops enjoy the holidays with a taste of home.

Click here to view flyer

Items Needed:


  • Candy canes
  • Starbucks Via® coffees – our troops’ favorite!
  • Peanut butter or cheese & crackers snack packs
  • Cup of Noodles® or Easy Mac® macaroni & cheese
  • Starkist® tuna & crackers snack packs
  • Nature Valley® Sweet & Salty Peanut bars
  • Gatorade Propel® dry powder packets for water bottles
  • Cliff® Bars/Protein bars

Individual Snack Packs

  • Assorted bags of nuts
  • Dried fruits/raisins
  • Cheez-Its® or Cracker Jacks
  • Trail mix
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Beef jerky/Slim Jim
  • Corn Nuts®
  • Store-bought cookies


  • Christmas stockings, 7” wide x 19” long
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Chewing gum
  • Hand warmer packets
  • Socks
  • Pocket or purse size package of baby wipes
  • Letters and Christmas cards, addressed to “Dear Armed Forces”

Want to help?

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