What does it mean to be a donor?

A donor can donate pretty much anything but cash. This includes non-perishable foods, gifts, gift cards, new toys, or checks. Donating is a great option if you would like to help out but are not able to sponsor an entire family.


How do I actually go about donating?

We have 5 ways to donate: 

  • Donate securely by credit or debit card online HERE.
  • Click here to sign up to donate a gift.
  • Call us at (434) 977-7051 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and a volunteer will record your gift pledge.
  • Stop by one of our holiday trees set up around the Grounds at the University of Virginia (be on the lookout around October and November!).

what is a holiday tree?

Holiday Sharing sets up small displays around Grounds, each manned by a volunteer for the program, containing "holiday" ornaments naming a type of gift to purchase and donate to the program. Donors will select an ornament from the tree, and a volunteer will record their pledge. From there, all that's left is to go purchase the gift and bring it to Madison House on the designated drop-off days! Holiday Trees will be set up in November at Newcomb and central Grounds libraries.


Okay, so I've signed up to donate, but what do I do with my donation?

Please bring your donations to Madison House on November 27th, 28th, and 29th between 8:30AM and 6:30PM. Madison House is located at 170 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.