Our Ongoing Projects
Holiday Toy Drive
Every year, we partner with local businesses to host a toy drive to bring joy to children, one present at a time, in local hospitals, schools and nonprofit organizations. We collect thousands of games, books, and toys and distribute age-appropriate gifts to support: Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai, Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School, Cool Kids Campaign, Casey Cares, Roberta’s House, Moveable Feast, and the Franciscan Center.
Other Collection Drives
In addition to our annual Toy Drive, GCCF hosts collection drives to collect other items of need. Over the years, we have collected and donated professional clothing, children’s books and stuffed animals, hygiene kits, and school supplies.
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
GCCF has an 80-year history of supporting the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. We partner with the Child Life Department to provide gifts to the 150+ children who are unable to go home for the holidays. Our members shop for gifts, attend a gift wrapping party at the hospital and present gifts to the children. Parents have the opportunity to “shop” (free of charge) at the Snowflake Station for gifts for their children.
The University of Maryland Medical Center
GCCF is the only organization partnering with the Child Life Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center during the holiday season. We buy and wrap gifts and host a party with special visits from Santa Claus and the Oriole Bird.
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
GCCF collects toys for children of all ages, from infants to young adults. Since 1997, we have made sure that when Santa Claus comes to visit, he has just the right toy in his sack for each girl and boy that he visits.
Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai
As with the other hospitals that GCCF partners with, Sinai is also an important stop amongst the holiday parties that we organize. Santa Claus and the Oriole Bird play games with the children, and go room to room taking pictures with families and passing out toys to the children and candy canes to the hospital staff.
Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School
We have been hosting a holiday party for the kids at Sharp Leadenhall Elementary School for over 25 years. The Oriole Bird joins us as we deliver presents for every child in the school, along with extra presents for the teachers to use throughout the year at their discretion.
Cool Kids Campaign / Casey Cares / Roberta’s House / Moveable Feast / Franciscan Center
These organizations all benefit from the GCCF Toy Drive, not only during the holiday season, but throughout the whole year. Families in need are provided gifts that are donated by our members.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland
Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland provides a “home-away-from-home” for seriously ill children and their families.
Our Current Projects
Araminta Freedom Initiative
The Araminta Freedom Initiative is committed to a world where every child is free from the threat of human trafficking. The organization works to awaken, equip and mobilize the Church and community in Maryland to end human trafficking through education, prevention strategies and restorative survivor services.
Center for Adoption Support and Education
CASE is a national leader in mental health services for the foster care and adoption community. CASE nurtures children, teens, adults and their families by providing adoption-competent counseling services.
Our Past Projects
2018: Health & Wellness
Saint Agnes Foundation
Saint Agnes’ Food Rx program addresses food insecurities by providing access to healthy and affordable food through a pop-up market and in-home food delivery programs to medically fragile patients in Southwest Baltimore.
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training
The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training is a nonprofit organization that treats veterans coping with homelessness and substance abuse that is located in Baltimore, Maryland.
2016: Employment Services
Maryland New Directions
The Maryland New Directions’ mission is to train and coach people facing career and life transitions to overcome barriers, restore self-belief, and acquire the skills and tools needed to secure employment. The Maryland New Directions’ vision is the elimination of long-term unemployment in our community.
2015: Community Development
The Franciscan Center
The mission of the Franciscan Center is to provide emergency assistance and supportive outreach to economically disadvantaged men, women and children in an effort to assist them in realizing their self-worth and dignity as people of God.
The mission of Banner Neighborhoods is to promote resident-based leadership, neighborhood pride and stability, and provide direct services that contribute to the overall viability of parts of East and Southeast communities in Baltimore City.
2014: Educational Development, Veterans, Children’s Health & Wellness
Catch a Lift Foundation
Catch a Lift was started as a memorial to Cpl. Chris Coffland. The Mission is to help wounded post-9/11 service members start and maintain their healing process, both mentally and physically, through physical fitness by providing them with gifted gym memberships anywhere in the United States.
Cool Kids Campaign
Cool Kids Campaign is dedicated to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families while they are going through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and its treatments.