SCA Holiday Gift Drive

by: Bonnie Lurie & Stacy Conroy '00
For more than 25 years, the Holiday Gift Drive has been Shorecrest’s signature service event supported by SCA with participation from families at every grade level as well as alumni families and grandparents. Through the Gift Drive, the Shorecrest community will provide holiday gifts to 270 underserved children through the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, which provides advocacy and support for abused, abandoned or neglected children in the Guardian ad Litem Program of Pinellas and Pasco Counties. 

The Gift Drive began on November 28, when children begin bringing unwrapped gifts into their classrooms. It culminates on December 9, when students will bring the hundreds of presents they have collected to the Athletic Center, where parent/guardians and community volunteers will organize the gifts that will make so many children’s holidays just a little brighter. On Saturday, December 10, the Guardian ad Litem volunteer child advocates will come to campus for a drive-through pick up of the gifts.

How current families can help:
  • Purchase gifts – Watch for an email from a class/grade level representative with details on how to label and send in your gifts (scroll down for sign up links below). Send in gifts with your student(s) November 28 - December 9. All gifts should be unwrapped with a label attached with the receiving child’s name and Family ID# (and a description of the contents if not obvious from the packaging).
  • Donate cash – We realize how busy many of you are and it is hard to find time to shop. Cash donations are essential to the success of the Gift Drive – we use this money to make sure that all gifts are purchased so that no child is left without the gifts that they want and need.

  • Volunteer - sign up online here. You can help with:
    • Last-minute shopping
    • Sorting and organizing gifts (Friday, December 9)
    • Gift drive-through pick up (Saturday, December 10)
How others can Take Part: 
For the second year alumni families and grandparents are invited to participate in the Gift Drive to provide holiday gifts for an additional 20 children. Many thanks to the leadership of Heather O’Neill in creating this new way for alumni families to be involved! More information will be sent in alumni and grandparent communications, and you can sign up here:

Thank you in advance to the entire Shorecrest Community for helping make this year’s holidays extra special for the 270 children that the Holiday Gift Drive will serve! We know this event will once again showcase the giving spirit of all Chargers.

If you have questions or want to get more involved, please email to reach the Gift Drive Co-Chairs Stacy Conroy ‘00 and Bonnie Lurie.

Gift Sign-Up Links by Grade: 



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