The Foundation is thrilled to support families through the Emergency Services Coalition of St. Johns County (ESHC) again this holiday season. These children and their families are struggling with homelessness and are working together to get back on their feet. We’d like to ensure they have a joyous holiday as they endure this trying season in their lives and you can help! 


“ESHC offers transitional housing for these families who are wanting to help themselves. Participant parent(s) must seek job training, employment, continuing education, assessment counseling and permanent housing. Residents stay anywhere from 3-24 months while working to independently provide for their family. “


Each adopted family provides a “wish list” which we take with us to Kohl’s on December 16th (our shopping day!). We stay within the budget set by ESHC ($100 per child, $100-$150 per adult), shop for each family and secretly deliver to ESHC where the gifts will be left for each family to open on Christmas morning. 

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, more than 50 volunteers joined us at Kohl’s in Jacksonville to shop for dozens of children and families through ESHC. Because of an incredibly generous donation from one of our favorite Jacksonville Jaguars players, K’Lavon Chaisson, we found ourselves under budget — so we added to our list of recipients and adopted dozens of teens from another local organization that serves unaccompanied homeless teenagers called Port in the Storm.
It is an incredible privilege to be able to give back each year in such a hands-on, meaningful way. We are so grateful for the support of our community!


Make a donation to Hope For The Holidays to cover gifts for the homeless youth in St. John’s County by filling out the form below: