Help brighten the holiday season for families at Willow Center!

Willow Center families have survived trauma and abuse, and are beginning their journey to a safe and empowered life. 1 in 4 people are affected by domestic violence and over 70% of these crimes are witnessed by children. The children in our shelter are away from everything familiar to them – their home, their toys, their friends. Your gift can give a family in crisis a sense of normalcy and hope.


Give to Willow

Your gift to Willow keeps our programs running 24/7, helps shelter hundreds of families fleeing abuse, and gives hope to survivors.



Adopt-a-Family Program

The Adopt-a-Family Program is now closed for the season. Please consider participating in the Purple Box Campaign, which provides joy to families in the holiday season and throughout the year.


The Purple Box Campaign

The Purple Box drive during the holidays provides a gift of hope and healing to families through the holidays and throughout the year. Purple boxes will be placed at law enforcement offices, libraries, and workplaces throughout the community. We also invite you to set up your own Purple Box at your business, organization, or place of worship.

Please drop off Purple Box donations at Willow Center’s administrative office: 693 East Avenue Suite 103. The Willow entrance is at the top of concrete steps on the Oxford Street side of the building.

Willow drop off times are from 3:00pm-7:00pm on December 5th, 6th, and 9th.

Purple boxes are also available for drop-offs through December 11th at the following locations:

      • Brockport Police Department (1 Clinton St.)
      • Brighton Police Department
      • Greece Police Department
      • Irondequoit Police Department
      • Ogden Police Department
      • Rochester Police Department
      • University of Rochester’s Eastman Institute of Oral Health
      • University of Rochester Public Safety (Click here to view Purple Box locations)
      • Tipping Point Communications
      • WCI Realty
      • Webster Police Department

Purple Box Wish List

Items on the list must be brand new as they will be holiday gifts. Thank you.

Infants/Toddlers                                                               Preschool

Bath sets                                                                                                       Arts and crafts Sets
Blankets                                                                                                        Baby dolls (all ethnicities)
Books                                                                                                             Board games
Clothing                                                                                                         Books
Little People toys                                                                                       Cars and Trucks
Musical toys                                                                                                 Clothing
Pajamas                                                                                                         Leap Frog toys
Soft blocks                                                                                                    Pajamas
Tummy time mats                                                                                     Play food                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sneakers and snow boots                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Teddy bears

School Age                                                                           Teens

Arts and crafts sets                                                                                     Arts and crafts set
Barbies, Monster High, and Disney princess dolls                        Books
Board games                                                                                                Card games
Books                                                                                                              Clothing
Dinosaurs/zoo animals                                                                            Flannel pajama pants
Hot wheels, remote controlled cars                                                   Gift cards – Walmart, Target, Old Navy, and iTunes
Sneakers and snow boots                                                                      Journals
Superhero action figures                                                                        Makeup
Wii games (Rated E)                                                                                  Sneakers and snow boots                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sports team hoodies/hats                                                                                                                                                                                                                               White t-shirts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yoga pants

Parent Gifts

Bath gift sets
Bath towels & wash cloths
Bus passes
Gift cards – Walmart, Target, Old Navy, & Wegmans
Manicure sets

For more information about Willow’s Purple Box Campaign, please contact Lauren Henry at