• The Hoboken Christmas Exchange

    We are excited to launch the 2019 Hoboken Christmas Exchange. The Hoboken Christmas Exchange is designed to ensure that no child or senior citizen in our neighborhood goes without a gift on Christmas. We want everyone to experience the JOY of Christmas!

Dec 14
301 Garden
The fifth annual Hoboken Christmas Exchange invites you to be part of spreading joy to someone in need this Christmas. Love your neighbors in a powerful way by becoming an elf or by adopting a family or child this December.

Adopt a Child or Family

Ensure no child or senior citizen in Hoboken misses out on the joy of Christmas by signing up to participate in the Hoboken Christmas Exchange. Here’s a quick view of the main steps.

  • Sign up to be a donor
  • We’ll match you with an individual
  • Receive a wish list for each individual you adopt
  • Wrap the gifts and tag them with the name
  • Deliver to 301 Garden Street on Dec 13th or 14th

Volunteer at the Event

Volunteering is another great way to be part of spreading joy as part of the Hoboken Christmas Exchange. It takes over 250 volunteers to coordinate drop-off and pick-up for over 1,500 individuals. Check out the time slots below, then sign up at the top of the page.

  • Drop Off:
    • December 13  |  6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    • December 14  |  8:00 am – 12:30 pm
    • December 14  |  11:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Pick Up:
    • December 14  |  3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Gift Recipients

We want to ensure that no child up to 18 years old and no senior 62 years or older goes without a gift this Christmas. We achieve this by partnering with non-profit and civic organizations around Hudson County. It is important that you give us accurate contact details in case we have issues or questions on your Wish List.

  • Gift Pick Up:

    • December 14  | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


  • Questions:

    • Email us: Christmas@hobokengrace.com
    • Call Us: 201-850-2081

Can I adopt more than one individual? 

Absolutely! We love to keep households together. On the adoption form, you will have the option to choose the number of individuals you want to support.

What happens after I sign up to adopt?

The Hoboken Christmas Exchange team reviews all of the wish lists and then matches them to donors. As soon as you are matched, we will email you with the wish list for your individuals.

What should my budget be?

We ask you to keep a budget around $40 per individual.

Is it only for children? 

The goal of the Hoboken Christmas Exchange is to make sure no child or senior citizen goes without a gift on Christmas.

Should I include a Gift Receipt?

Yes please! We do our best to collect the right sizes and items for each person, but may not get it right. We ask you to include a gift receipt with the purchase so the family may exchange if necessary.

If I shop online, can I ship my gifts directly to the church or can I drop off the gift prior to the event?

We cannot accept packages in advance. Gifts must be dropped off during the designated times.

I’ve signed up to adopt, but am no longer able to purchase a gift.

Please contact christmas@hobokengrace.com as soon as possible.

Do I have to wrap my gifts?

Yes please! Gifts that are already wrapped have a special way of exciting a child. This will ensure the surprise and excitement will be genuine.

Can I volunteer?

We would love to have your help at the event on December 13th and 14th. You can register using the link at the top of the page and choose from positions such as check in, check out, greeting, hospitality, elf and more.

Children must be 10 years or older to volunteer.

Who should I contact for media inquiries?

We’d love to get the word out! Email christmas@hobokengrace.com.

Do you love to plan events? Do you want to have a significant impact on your neighborhood?

Fill out the form below and come check out the Bridge Events team as we plan 1Day, the Hoboken Christmas Exchange and the Easter Egg Hunt. These events impact over 10,000 people a year!

Learn More about the Bridge Events Team!

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