McPherson Optimist Club

PO Box 293, McPherson, KS

Gifts Intended for Teens (GIFT)

The GIFT (Gifts Inteded for Teens) Program was started by the McPherson Optimist Club in 1995 to fill a need in our community where kids who were no longer eligible to receive gifts from the Toys for Tots program because of their age would continue to receive gifts at Christmas time. The McPherson Optimist Club uses fundraisers and community donations to fund the program. Families of teens that are in need of assistance to purchase Christmas gifts for their children are able to apply for assistance. McPherson Optimist Club members do the shopping and wrap the gifts. Parents are able to pick the gifts up prior to Christmas.

One of the primary fundraisers for the GIFT program is the American Legion Family Night in November. Since the inception of this program the American Legion has partnered with the McPherson Optimist Club to use the November Family Night as a fundraiser for the GIFT Progam. Many thanks to the American Legion for this opportunity.

For more information about the GIFT Program or to make a donation contact:

Jack Rader -

Gifts Intended for Teens Application (pdf)

Jan 3, 2018

This year our club helped 85 Teens and 20 elementary age kids have a brighter Christmas!

Here are some photos of this year's project, including shopping, wrapping and distribution of the gifts.

Great job again, Optimists!

Nov 21, 2017

The 2017 Family Night was once again a successful and fun evening for all. We want to thank the McPherson American Legion for once again giving the Optimist Club the opportunity to use the November Family Night as a fundraiser for the GIFT program. We were able to raise $740 that will go directly to the expense of purchasing Christmas gifts for teens in need. 

Dec 27, 2016

YOU did it! Another year of wonderful service to the needy teens in our area through the GIFT program. Here are photos of the various stages of the event. A great big THANK YOU to those of you who volunteered to help make this year successful. Please remember to thank our friends at the American Legion and at the Main Street Deli, who provided financial support again this year.

Nov 4, 2016

The 2016 GIFT program is underway. Many volunteer opportunitues are available. This is one of the most impactful activities the McPherson Optimist Club does each year. Please click on the Sign Up link in the left-hand menu and choose some times you can volunteer to help make a great holday for the youth in our community.

To Sign Up to volunteer - Sign up to Volunteer for an Event

To learn more about the GIFT program - Gifts Intended for Teens (GIFT)


Dec 7, 2015

Kim, the owner, and the employees of the Main Street
Deli in McPherson donated $1,000 from tips they received
this year to go towards the Gift program.

Here are photos of the sign outside and of deli and of
the employees hard at work behind the counter. Be sure
to thank our friends at the Deli for their generosity in helping
the teens in our community!

Dec 3, 2015

The American Legion has again been a big supporter of the Gift Program in 2015. Pictured below is Jim LaDuke, a key member of the American Legion and a long time Optimist Club associate member. This year the Legion donated $1,000 to the Gift Project in addition to the $875 we earned through the Family Night at the Legion!

Dec 2, 2015

Great turnout , as usual.  Thank you, Optimists, for helping with this great cause!

Dec 29, 2014

You did it again! 77 Teens and 10 Angel Tree kids were helped by the 2014 McPherson Optimist Club Gift program. Great job, Optimists! Here are some photos from the final stages of this year's project.

Nov 21, 2014

The Optimist Club showed up in droves at this year's Family Night at the Legion. Over 25 Optimist Club members attended the event, and many others showed their support by buying and/or selling tickets and providing desserts. The event this year will provide over $800 towards the Gift Program. Here are some photos for the festivities.


Nov 25, 2013

The work on this year's Gifts Intended for Teens (Gift) program is off to another great start. Cold and icy weather on the day of

the Family Night at the Legion held down the crowd a little, but as you can see the Optimist Club was out in full force. This important

fund raiser for our program was still successful in adding several hundred dollars to the cause. A big thank you goes to our

club members who either bought or sold tickets, made desserts or were able to attend the event. Here is a photo of most, but not all,

of the Optimist members who were able to attend the Family Night at the Legion.