What is DREAM Christmas?

In short, it’s an event where generous local businesses come together to help our scholars bring Christmas joy and cheer to Indianapolis children and families in tough circumstances. Our guests of honor are about 100 special young children and their families – some 400 people in all – whom are living in low-income, high crime rate areas of Indianapolis. This is an especially tough time of year for these young families, and DREAM Christmas always is a bright evening of hope, a brief moment for them to forget their difficulties and receive the love of a deep, caring community.

At DREAM Christmas, DREAM Alive:

  • brings together the corporate, nonprofit and urban youth communities to serve those in need.

  • provides gifts and an evening of fun for children and their families who have faced tough circumstances in their community.

  • provides a valuable service learning opportunity for DREAM Alive Scholars.

When and Where does this happen?

The celebration event is hosted at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 3rd. However, we have multiple service projects and events leading up to the celebration event that are coordinated with our corporate sponsors.

So how exactly does this work?

This special evening also brings together a unique community of local businesses, schools, students and area families who have endured the effects of poverty in their community. DREAM Alive’s 7th through 12th grade scholars serve as official hosts by welcoming children and their families.  In addition to hosting the families on the celebration event, each scholar is paired with a child in need, and they spend the month of November budgeting, shopping and wrapping presents for this child. Think “secret Santa.” The scholars are assisted by employees of local businesses throughout the entire process as together they do the shopping, wrapping of gifts, and hosting of the event. 

What does sponsorship look like?

In addition, we also have many sponsorship & volunteer opportunities available, and you can see all those by following the link here.

How can I get involved?

DREAM Christmas specifically is designed as an opportunity for Indianapolis companies and employees to serve the at-risk Indianapolis community. If you are interested in getting your company involved, please fill out this very brief form below and we will follow up with you ASAP.

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