In 2001, CLUES began hosting Al Niño con Cariño (To A Child with Love), a holiday event offering gifts and cheer to the families we serve, after discovering that many of our clients did not have the means to celebrate the holidays with their families. The initiative began as a small effort to provide toys and other needed items to a select number of sponsored families and has since grown with the help of many dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners.
During this season of giving, CLUES hosts a day-long holiday celebration designed to make the holidays brighter for families with limited resources, Al Niño Con Cariño (To a Child with Love). During this free family event, CLUES distributes new toys and gifts and allows the opportunity for parents to ‘shop’ for gifts for each of their children (ages 0-15).
Volunteers and donors play a valuable role in helping turn CLUES’ St. Paul office into a vibrant winter wonderland and ensuring the success of the event. While children engage in holiday crafts and activities, their parents step into a room filled with donated new toys and gifts. With support from bilingual shopping assistance volunteers, parents pick out one gift and one stocking stuffer for each of their children. Parents are then accompanied into the gift-wrapping room, where each of the gifts are carefully wrapped by volunteers to keep the magic of the holiday season alive.
Al Niño Con Cariño is a magical event filled with joy, laughter, and memories. Our distribution method promotes community by uplifting and empowering parents. For many families each year, Al Niño con Cariño can mean the difference between a holiday with presents and one without.
As word of CLUES Al Niño con Cariño spreads within our community each year, we look to partners and sponsors to help us make this holiday season brighter for the many families that come to CLUES for help. Your support is crucial to ensure that the hundreds of families counting on CLUES will have gifts to provide for their children this holiday!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-439-9795 to learn more.
Participant registration closed November 18th, 2022.
We look forward to continuing to support our community next year!