Giving Garland Project


Each holiday season, College of DuPage staff and students make the winter months a little warmer by participating in the Giving Garland Project. 50 tags with children's names and requested gifts worth at least $25 become available in the Student Services Center atrium each November. Those donated gifts, along with individual items, are adorned by Action Heroes at the annual Holiday Party while classic movies play in the background and eggnog is on hand for sipping.

Wrap gifts with us at the Giving Garland Holiday Party!

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Student Resource Center, Room 2000

Volunteer signup will be available soon. Options for helping are:

  • 10 to 11 a.m.- Setup Elves
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.- Wrapping Elves (Shift #1)
  • 12 to 1 p.m.- Wrapping Elves (Shift #2)
  • 1 to 2 p.m.- Clean-up Elves

*Please select only one wrapping shift to allow all those interested in participating the opportunity to do so.

In addition to above, we also need the following help during the same shifts:

  • Activity Elves to make sure all is going smoothly at the two activity tables (decorating votive candles and making "reindeer food")
  • Logistics Elves to receive wrapped gifts, check volunteers in, and other various useful tasks.


Benefitting Organizations:

Humanitarian Services Project (Children)

Huanitarian Services Project logoTake one or more of the 50 available tags in the Student Services Center (SSC) Atrium to make a child's holiday wish come true by purchasing a minimum of $25 worth of the child's requested gifts.

Bring and wrap your gifts at the Giving Garland Holiday Party on Thu., Dec. 7 (details above) or drop off the unwrapped gifts to the Community Relations office (BIC 1D04) during regular business hours by Wed., Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. To participate, please follow the instructions on the tags.

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (Families)

DCFS logoBy taking a tag with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services logo, you are promising to provide a Jewel gift card in the amount of $10 or more for a newly united DuPage County family to share their first holiday meal together. To participate, please follow the instructions on the tags.

Metropolitan Family Services (Teens and Seniors)

Metropolitan Family Services logoUnwrapped donations can be brought to the Community Relations office (BIC 1D04) during regular business hours by Wed., Dec. 6 at 5 p.m..  They will be wrapped by COD Action Heroes at the Giving Garland Holiday Party Thu., Dec. 7 (details above). You may also bring it to the event and wrap it yourself!


    • Gloves, hats, scarves
    • Toiletries
    • Hoodies and pajama pants
    • Big box store gift cards


    • Robes and slippers
    • Gloves, hats, scarves
    • Lap blankets
    • Pharmacy gift cards

Contact Information

COD Cares

Ami Chambers 
Community Relations Coordinator
(630) 942-3823

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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