GFTH Questions & Answers

What is the Gifts From The Heart Program? 
The Gifts From The Heart (GFTH) Program is an annual holiday gift-giving program designed to provide gifts to children, teens and senior clients served by the Divisions of Child Protective Services and Senior and Adult Services.
Since its inception in 1988, the program works with 100 community partners each season to sponsor over 3,000 children, teens, and senior clients for holiday gifts. 
The Department of Health and Human Services appreciates the continued participation and support given to the GFTH Program by our wonderful community partners and volunteers.
Who Participates in the GFTH Program?


Our community partners are comprised of businesses entities, government agencies, faith based organizations, service groups, professional groups, private individuals and families. 


GFTH is made possible with the generous gifts and monetary contributions from our community partners.  It is only through their participation and generosity, that we are able to bring holiday cheers to our very deserving recipients. 
GFTH welcomes all interested persons or groups who wish to participate in making ‘holiday dreams come true' for children, teens, and seniors by either sponsoring gifts or volunteering time during the season. 


How can I help?


You may sign up as a community partner to sponsor children, teens, and/or seniors for gifts during the holiday season. In addition, monetary donations are always welcome. Monetary donations will be used for the sole purpose of purchasing holiday gifts. All gifts and monetary donations are tax deductible.  Please contact the Gifts From the Heart Coordinator or at (916) 875-2027 for more information.
You may donate time to make this program successful. The program also needs volunteers during the holiday season. More....
How does the GFTH Program Work?
The GFTH  is coordinated through the Volunteer Services/Community Partnerships Office of the Department of Health and Human Services.  A team of volunteers manage the distribution, pick-up, and delivery of donated gifts from our community partners.  Generally it works as follow:
  1. Social workers request gifts on behalf of children, youth and seniors on their active caseloads.
  2. The requests are distributed to our partner organizations whose members will fill the gift requests.
  3. The wrapped gifts are returned to the social workers who deliver them to the children, youth and seniors in time for the holidays.


A Word of Sincere Thanks…


On behalf of the thousands of children, teens and seniors whose lives have been touched each holiday season by your kindness, generosity, and caring…. We thank you for them, and for choosing the Sacramento County Department of Child, Family & Adult Services’ Gifts From The Heart Program. 

Tonja Edelman, MSW, Volunteer & Student Intern Services Coordinator
(916) 875-2027