Who we are
In12Days is a local and national network of people across the country who have come together to lift up children and their families who are suffering from the death of a close family member.
What we do
We bring together a volunteer community of friends, families and groups from your community to help bring joy, inspiration, and restorative healing to those who endure great challenges by creating a series of experiences themed around the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
How we do it
For twelve consecutive days in December, these deserving families receive anonymously themed gift baskets on their doorstep delivered by their volunteer community. Each basket comes with a playful note of “explanation” and its contents, ranging from edible pears and “pairs” of socks on Day 1: A Partridge in a Pear Tree to local helicopter tour tickets on Day 10: Ten Lords a Leaping, are thoughtfully considered. Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming is our Big Reveal where our recipient families finally “meet” their volunteer communities and celebrate together in song and sweets.
Why we do it
Our work has long-reaching effects on the lives of our recipients who regain their spirit and become productive members of the community again. Many recipients come back as volunteers year after year, paying their gifts forward to others in need.
Beyond those in need, In12Days builds a community around each recipient with a menagerie of volunteers rallying together to uplift our recipients during the holidays. Our volunteers are often overwhelmed with emotion as they participate in the twelve events and witness first-hand the elation felt by our recipients. Far beyond anonymous contributions, our volunteers are touched and inspired by our recipients nearly as much as our recipients are uplifted by the community surrounding them.
How you can help
The attached application serves as the first step in our process. Please complete the form to the best of your ability and reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Keep in mind, surprise is an important element of the In12Days experience. Secrecy is paramount.
Also, should your nominee be selected, we will need to reach out to you to get further details and begin building a group of supporters for your family. Please be sure to include the best phone number and email address at which to reach you. We appreciate your help in lifting up these struggling families.
Nominate A Family
Applications are now open for 2017 family nominations.
Prefer to print and send a pdf? 2016 In12Days Application and Directions.pdf