Thank you all SO much for your support for our
Christmas for the Love of Children Event!

With all of your generosity we’ve filled up our volunteer spots and the children’s gifts are ALL COVERED! If you have any additional questions about involvement in the program please email Nathan directly at!

Thank you all again!

Although fall is here, preparations for Christmas for the Love of Children are already very much underway!

Each year, OPEN M comes alongside hundreds of Akron families and children during the Christmas season by providing gifts, school supplies, food, and more!

Currently, school counselors and OPEN M caseworkers are busy identifying 240 families – or about 600 children – who absolutely need a helping hand.

Will you help us spread love and joy to these families this Holiday season? There are numerous ways to get involved by yourself or with your family, friends, church, or coworkers.

Please sign up with the form below to get involved by November 26th!

How you can get involved:


Financially Support Christmas for the Love of Children

  • • Sponsor a child by purchasing 2 gifts (value of $25 each). After you sign up, you will receive the name, age, gender, and gift suggestions for each child you sponsor.
  • • If you are too busy to shop, we’ll shop for you! A donation of $50 will cover the cost of one child. Donate by check or online using the Donate button. Please indicate “Christmas” on the memo line for check payments and online donations

  • • In addition to gifts, many children receive school supplies. Specifically, we provide children with a pencil box filled with the following items: crayons, glue sticks, markers, number 2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, and highlighters.


Support Christmas for the Love of Children with your time

Gift Drop-Off Elves
Assist individuals as they drop off gifts and organize toys.

  • • December 5th 8:30-12:30  
  • • December 6th 11:30-3:30  
  • • December 11th 4:30 – 8:30

Bag Checker Elves
Double and triple check bags to make sure no child is left out.

  • • December 12th 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

School Supply Elves
Assemble, label and distribute school supply kits.

  • • December 13th 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Distribution Day Elves
Help make the big day a success!

  • • December 19th 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

**This program serves families by referral only; it is not open to the general public.