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Christmas Experience

Exciting News for 2023!

In its familiar form, Gift of Hope has been canceled for this year. However, we decided we couldn't allow a Christmas season to go by without blessing the community, so we devised a new yet more minor program for 2023.


Gift of Hope Christmas Experience is a special night for children aged 0-12 from low-income families in the Butte County community. We have partnered with Lights of Hope to put on a special night on December 12, open only to children registered with Gift of Hope. On this night (December 12), each child will enjoy the Christmas Light Walk, all-night inflatables & sledding, one small hot chocolate, an excellent Christmas program, AND one gift from Santa's Workshop — all free of charge! 


To clarify - children registered with Gift of Hope this year will NOT receive the usual bag of gifts and clothes personalized to them based on their needs and wishes. Each child will choose ONE gift from a selection at the event.

Toy Drive!


Alternative Programs

In past years, we've required that participants in our Gift of Hope program only use one Christmas assistance program, but since we are not running the full Gift of Hope this year, we invite you to join one of the following programs if you are needing extra assistance.

Northern Valley Catholic Social Service(Adopt a family program)


10 Independence Circle

Chico, California 95973

(530) 345-1600


The churches that are part of this agency run the Adopt a Family program. Children and families in need can apply for free toys, food baskets, winter clothing, presents, and other items from the charity.

Salvation Army – Holiday Programs


567 E. 16th Street

Chico, CA 95928

Main phone - (530) 776-1009

Paradise Social Service Center

7015 Skyway.

(530) 872-7187.

A number of services are available in Butte County. There is an annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner in the community, including Chico and Paradise. Volunteers serve meals, pass out baskets of food, and give children small gifts, including from the Angel Tree Program.

Salvation Army Church Oroville

1640 Washington Avenue, Oroville, California 95966.

(530) 534-7155.

Toys For Tots (Butte County)


480 Notre Dame Boulevard

Butte College Skyway Center

Chico, California 95928

Primary phone: (530) 897-6236


The USMC partners with donors, charities, and individuals in the community. Together they collect unwrapped presents, gift cards, and toys and provide them to needy children.

About Gift of Hope

Since 2005, we have partnered with the local community to provide Christmas assistance to families in need in Butte County, California. Last year alone, with your support, we made Christmas happen for 1,557 underprivileged children, as well as give them each a free day pass to the Lights of Hope winter wonderland. 

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