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Al Niño Con Cariño

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.

Al Niño Con Cariño

CLUES Annual Holiday Toy Drive

To a Child with Love

For some children in our community, the holidays can be a painful reminder of what they have to live without. During this season of joy, CLUES hosts one day-long event at our Minneapolis office, Al Niño con Cariño – To A Child with Love, offering low-income families the opportunity to select gifts for their children during the holiday season.

With the help of volunteers and donations, CLUES’ offices turn into a veritable winter wonderland; while children wait, watching holiday movies, decorating cookies and playing games, their parents step into a room filled with donated new toys where they carefully pick out one gift for each of their children (baby-15 years old).

These gifts are carefully wrapped by volunteers to keep the magic of the holiday season alive. For children whose parents are struggling, Al Niño con Cariño can often mean the difference between a holiday with presents and one without.

Questions? Contact 612-746-3500

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Join us as a sponsor!

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 or 651-379-4244 to learn more.

Registration for Families

Check back for 2020 registration info!

Register in person at CLUES Minneapolis starting Monday, November 4, 2019 until all slots are filled.

*Parents or guardians must bring their photo ID and the birth certificate, medical card, or school ID for each child.


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Saturday-Sunday: Closed 

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