ADOPT A FAMILY CHRISTMAS HELP PROGRAMS
Time is moving forward towards Christmas Adopt A Family deadlines set by charitable 501(c)(3) organizations such as the sampling below. By adopting a family in need through a non-profit charitable ogranization, you can safely donate and be confident you will make a family’s Christmas much merrier than it would be without your generosity.
Adopting a family in need teaches children the spirit of Christmas and helps them focus on the needs of others, rather than just what they will be finding under their tree. Donations are also accepted from groups wishing to pool together their funds. Average wish list donations are approximately $50 per person.
Be sure to check each Adopt A Family program’s deadline for donating gifts. Volunteers need time to collect, organize, and deliver the gifts to their local families in need. If it appears you might have missed their deadline, contact them – they may have some wish lists unfilled. The deadline for giving is always later than the deadline for applying to the Adopt A Family programs. Remember to bookmark their sight for next year’s gift giving.
NATIONAL ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
Salvation Army Adopt A Family Program
The Adopt A Family (AAF) program matches impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday. Being adopted is designed to be a once or, on very rare occasions, twice in a lifetime event for recipient families.
For more information, visit the Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family website.
CALIFORNIA ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
VOLUNTEER CENTER OF SACRAMENTO
The Volunteer Center of Sacramento’s Adopt A Family Program provides food and gifts for local, low-income families during the holiday season. Without this program, these families may go without Christmas dinner and gifts for their children to open on Christmas morning.
For more information on how to be an adoptee or adopter, visit the Volunteer Center of Sacramento’s website.
DELAWARE ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAM for 3 counties
Adopt A Family has helped Delaware families in need since 1973 and is coordinated by the Division of State Service Centers in all three counties. The Adopt A Family program aids families in crisis – those struggling with illness, homelessness, domestic violence, poverty or unemployment.
For more information, visit Delaware Adopt-A-Family website.
NEW YORK ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
ASTOR SERVICES – New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx
Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs.
For more information, visit the Astor Services website.
MICHIGAN ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
Volunteers of America – Michigan
Volunteers of America – Michigan helps families in need with an income of no more than 20% over the poverty level for the number of family members. They also have Adopt A Senior program for people in need 65 or older.
For more information, visit the Volunteers of America – Michigan webiste.
NEW JERSEY ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
Bergen County Volunteer Center
In addition to coordinating the relief efforts of charities, civic organizations and volunteer groups for the thousands of local residents still reeling from the effects of superstorm Sandy, the Bergen County Volunteer Center is also kicking off its annual holiday program–”All Wrapped Up.”
Now in its 15th year, All Wrapped Up is a giving program that fulfills the holiday wishes of low-income families and people who face the daily hardships of poverty, abuse, neglect and homelessness.
For more information, visit the Bergen County Volunteer Center Adopt-A-Family website.
Monmouth County – Operation Sleighbells/Holiday Giving
Family & Children’s Service’s historic annual holiday gift-giving program, started in 1909 as a way to give area children a brighter holiday season, has grown to provide more than 2,500 children with the gifts of warm clothing, toys and books each year. Families from communities throughout Monmouth County register with Family & Children’s Service to receive much-needed items.
For more information, visit the Operation Sleighbells/Holiday Giving website.
Rutgers Against Hunger
For the fourth straight holiday season, Rutgers Against Hunger will host its annual “Adopt A Family” campaign across the New Brunswick and Newark campuses. This year, Rutgers Against Hunger will partner with 13 social service and community based organizations with a goal of assisting 220 families in need. In 2011, RAH faculty, staff, students, and alumni helped support 190 families across 15 agencies.
Agencies participating in this year’s campaign include The Apostle’s House, Catholic Charities, Center for Great Expectations, Coordinated Family Care, Greater Brunswick Charter School, Intensive Outpatient Treatment Project, Lord Stirling, Making It Possible to End Homelessness, Multicultural Community Services, Neighborhood House Association, Paul Robeson Community School, Roosevelt School, and Women Aware.
For more information, visit the Rutgers Against Hunger website.
NEW YORK ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
Grace Episcopal Church – Massapequa, New York
Each year, the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) sponsor the Adopt A Family Program for the Christmas holidays. Needy families are screened through Family Consultation Services (FCS) and a list of possible gift ideas are suggested and posted on the Parish Advent tree. Parish members pick out an ornament with a specific gift and sign for that item on the family poster in the Narthex. In early December the ECW hosts a Wrapping Party in the Parish Hall with most of the parish participating. With Christmas Carols played by our Minister of Music Richard Whitten echoing through the Hall, the presents are lovingly wrapped and labeled for delivery to the Diocese center in Garden City for distribution in time for the holidays. Through the generosity of Grace Church parishioners we are usually able to provide gifts for several families in need.
For more information, visit the Grace Episcopal Church website.
OREGON ADOPT-A-FAMILY PROGRAMS
The Christmas Adopt A Family Foundation
The Christmas Adopt A Family Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in Portland, Oregon, that provides assistance to those who would otherwise not have a holiday celebration. They achieve this by connecting people in the community to families in need. Their goal is to adopt at least 100 families this holiday season to provide children with toys, clothing, and other necessities. In addition, they provide the entire family with household essentials and gift certificates for a wonderful holiday meal.
For more information, visit the Christmas Adopt-A-Family website.
PENNSYLVANIA ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
Greater Philadelphia Cares Adopt A Family
Give a gift that will make the holidays more bountiful for economically disadvantaged families in our region. Each year, Greater Philadelphia Cares partners with non-profit agencies throughout the region to identify families who can use help during the holidays. The Adopt-A-Family program finds families in need and matches them with caring individuals; those who adopt receive a “wish list”, purchase presents, and deliver the gifts to their adoptive families. The generosity of these compassionate individuals results in a wonderfully warm holiday experience for all involved.
For more information, visit Greater Philadelphia Cares website.
RHODE ISLAND ADOPT A FAMILY PROGRAMS
Woonsocket Adopt A Family
The Adopt A Family program applies to Woonsocket families with children ages 0-12. If this applies to you, pick up an application at Family Resources at 245 Main Street. Return the completed application to 65 Main Street. As we approach the 2012 holiday season we are in desperate need of individuals and groups to “adopt” a family and provide 3-4 clothing items, 2-3 toys and a filled stocking for each child. If interested, complete a Donor Reply Card and return it to Adopt A Family via email or mail.
For more information, visit the Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family website.
ADOPTING A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS SAFELY
The above Adopt A Family programs are just a few of the many 501(C)(3) non-profits offering Christmas help to families in need. To find one near you, take the time to do some research entering keywords including your location and try using ”christmas help”, “adopt a family for christmas”, “help for families in need”, etc. 501(c)3 non-profits are safe for giving.
Add a Christmas tree and lights for an even more special gift giving to your adopted family. Happy Holidays!