Operation HoHoHo

We need your help!  We’re collecting unwrapped toys for children ages 2-16 staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, NJ.  You can help share a smile this holiday season by getting involved!

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It’s that time of year again!  We’re calling in all of our elves to help with Operation HoHoHo.  Are you ready? Bring some extra cheer this year to some very grateful families!

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Operation HoHoHo combines a simple philosophy with a network of helpful holiday “elves” to spread smiles to the children and families of the Ronald McDonald House. Participation is easy: we work with a handful of organizations to set up drop off centers or help arrange pick-ups for anyone who has items to donate.

How to Participate

Whether you are part of an organization or you’re flying a solo sled, we welcome anyone who wants to help collect unwrapped gifts. We can arrange for pick-up or drop-off, and we have flyers and additional media available to help you spread the word.

What to Give

We accept unwrapped gifts for children between the ages of 2 and 16. Any new gift that fits your budget is perfect; through the years, we have received everything from board games to bicycles!

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House knows that families are stronger when they are together. Being with family helps sick children heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities may not be able to make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, they help lessen the burden and ensure more than 4 million families a year have the stability and resources they need to keep their children healthy and happy.

History of Operation HoHoHo

Operation HoHoHo began in 1998 on a simple whim. With a few extra toys in hand, Operation HoHoHo’s Santa Claus stopped by the Long Branch Ronald McDonald House on Christmas Eve on the off-chance that they might need some spare joy. The staff, patients, and families were elated! Since then, Santa and his elves have ensured that each child patient and all of their siblings receive gifts during the holiday season – relieving some stress for their families during a difficult time.

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Operation HoHoHo wants YOU!

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Samuel Shazam: One Elf’s Story

Our little yellow friend Samuel Shazam loves to get into festive shenanigans, and when he heard about Operation HoHoHo, he was all in! He’s created a short video highlighting his experience as an Operation HoHoHo elf in hopes that you’ll join us this year.

Thank you!

If it wasn’t for all of our wonderful elves and supporters each year, Operation HoHoHo wouldn’t be able to provide this amazing service to families who deserve it. Each year we are amazed at the support and dedication that you all continue to show, and we are so grateful to everyone who shares their joy this holiday season.

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Recent Updates

Another amazing year of toys & smiles for Operation HoHoHo!! We just unloaded the trailer @ the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch and we're looking forward to next year already!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this another amazing year!! We'll be posting more photos and video soon... ... See MoreSee Less

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Still packing the Operation HoHoHo trailer and we're off to our last stop at Hooters in Wayne before heading down to meet up with our Jersey Shore Elves!! ... See MoreSee Less

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A new addition this year and we're so grateful for all of their help!! Thank you to everyone at the Little Learner Academy!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Look at the amazingness from Dr Mark and the girl scouts!! Every year they do an amazing job!! A lot more photos to come... ... See MoreSee Less

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A huge thank you to Weichert for all of their help this year!! ... See MoreSee Less

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How can I participate in Operation HoHoHo?

Holiday Toy Drive

How Can I Help?

Operation HoHoHo is happy to take individual donations, but if you’re thinking bigger – here’s a few suggestions:

  • Host a party and request unwrapped toys instead of gifts
  • Ask coworkers to join in! Keep a drop-off box in the office
  • Request assistance from school organizations or community groups

Holiday Toy Drive

How Can My Organization Host a Drop Off Area?

We have pre-made materials for sharing across the site, but we can also help you create flyers, videos and emails to help encourage both staff and your customers to participate in Operation HoHoHo. Just reach out and let us know how we can help!


Sharing the smiles, one gift at a time…

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Operation HoHoHo A Toy Drive for the Ronald McDonald House Sharing the smiles one gift at a time....
Operation Ho, Ho, Ho is a toy drive that we hold every December to help bring smiles to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch during the holiday season as a member of their family fights to see their
 next Christmas.