United Way of Santa Barbara County Partners with She & Him and UCSB Arts & Lectures to launch United Way’s 2021 Holiday Gift Drive

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) partners with She & Him and UCSB Arts & Lectures to launch United Way’s 2021 Holiday Gift Drive on Thursday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m. at the Arlington Theatre.  

Each year, UWSBC partners with community members and organizations to provide gifts to local children and families during the holidays. This year, they will be partnering with She & Him, a music duo that consists of holiday songs from indie-folk artist M. Ward and actress/singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel and UCSB Arts & Lectures.

The performance is part of UCSB’s Arts & Lectures 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative. Tickets range from $42 – $128.50 for the General Public and $23.50 for UCSB Students (Current student ID required). To purchase tickets to the performance, visit:

When arriving to the performance, guests can bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card to donate. Toys can be for both boys and girls, age range is infants to teens. Gift cards can be donated in any amount. Monetary donations can be made onsite to United Way to support the toy drive and other United Way community programs.

Commonly requested toys include:

  • Amazon giftcards ($20)
  • Legos
  • Barbies and related accessories
  • Pokemon Cards
  • Action figures
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bracelet making kits
  • Sweatshirts (small to large)
  • Board Games
  • Stuffed animals
  • Sports Equipment


“The past two and a half years have been extremely hard for many children and families in our community due to the financial struggles that accompany COVID-19. We are very grateful to She & Him and UCSB Arts & Lectures for this important opportunity to bring smiles to children and families in need just in time for the holidays,” said Steve Ortiz, President and CEO of UWSBC.

To learn more about UWSBC’s Holiday Gift Drive, visit:


About United Way of Santa Barbara County

Since 1923, United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has been a key leader in local efforts to empower children, families, and communities through its own unique collaborative programs and initiatives, partnership convening efforts, volunteer development, and funding. UWSBC’s mission is to enrich the lives of children and families and build resilient communities by leading local programs and partnerships that improve school readiness and academic achievement, financial empowerment, and crisis response and recovery. To learn more, please visit


About UCSB Arts & Lectures

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  


Leave a Response

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top