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 (up to $25) become available in the Student Services Center atrium each November. Those donated gifts, along with individual items, are wrapped and adorned by Action Heroes at the annual Holiday Party in Student Resource Center, Room 2000 while classic movies play in the background and eggnog is on hand for sipping.  


The announcement for 2017's event will be made soon! 
Check back on this page in early May. 


The organizations that benefitted in 2016 included:

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. 8 (details below) or drop off the unwrapped gifts to the Community Relations office (Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1D04) by Wed., Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. To participate, please follow the instructions on the tags.

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (Families)

DCFS logoNew this year! By 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 left in the monitored bins in the SSC Atrium through Wed., Dec. 7 will be wrapped by COD Action Heroes at the Giving Garland Holiday Party Thu., Dec. 8 (details below). 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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