Annual Events

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

Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza

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, Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza 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!

Consider yourself booked for our 2018 Annual Fundraiser, “Our Story Continues” which will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Tickets can be purchased for $50. Do you want to be sure you are on the mailing list, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!  

Within in the last three 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. In 2017, we hosted a dedication and evening reception for our newest endeavor at our Safe Haven; the Music Studio, along with releasing our first Christmas CD, and Calendar. In 2016, we hosted the Mission Possible Gala honoring “Men that make our Mission Possible” while in 2015, we held the GOPYC 20th Anniversary Gala- Women of Impact.