Annual Events

Our Annual Events are just another way Garden of Prayer Youth Center provides safe and fun opportunities for our community.

Toy & Coat Christmas Giveaway

Garden of Prayer Youth Center hosts the largest toy and coat giveaway in Kankakee. Each year we provide over 500 toys and coats to low income children and families. Since 2007, the Toy & Coat Christmas Giveaway has been supported by Toys for Tots, Alderman Emeritus Steven Hunter, Alpha Phi Alphi, Inc. Court Street Ford, Sodexo, State Rep. Lisa Dugan, the Kankakee Fire Department, and many other area businesses and individuals. Garden of Prayer Youth Center invites you to become one of this year's sponsors. You or your business will receive exposure while supporting a worthy cause.

S.A.F.E. Summer Festival

Annually, Garden of Prayer Youth Center provides a FREE fun-filled outing for the Kankakee County community. The day includes lunch, entertainment, bouncy houses, sports, and most recently video games on wheels. This event was established in 2011 with the hopes of providing safe alternatives for students three month summer break! Join us as a partner this year as we plan to provide even more than last year!



In 2020, we celebrated our Silver Anniversary. Our 25 year journey has been full of wonderful experiences and we enjoy serving our children, families, and community. Over the last five years we have honored women and men that have helped Garden of Prayer Youth Center, Inc. become the leading child welfare agency in Kankakee County as well as tell our unique story! We are continuing our Believe and Build Campaign and we continue to solicit your support as we seek to expand and serve more children and families.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the date has changed to November 6, 2021. Please regularly check our website for updated information.

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