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The Adopt-A-Family Program connects families who need support during the holiday season with donors who give hope and joy to them by shopping for wish gifts and providing gift cards for their needs. Families are referred to the program by social-community agencies in Guelph and Wellington County.

With the jolly determination of our dedicated volunteers, staff, community workers, and donors, we bring hope and joy home for the holidays for children, youth, and families in the community!

While Adopt-A-Family was originally a Christmas holiday program, it is open to families of all backgrounds and traditions to meet their needs and wishes.

Ways to Help Bring Hope and Joy Home for the Holidays

Thanks to the incredible support of our community, we are currently helping over 1,460 families that were referred by social workers before our deadline in mid-November. However, we continue to receive emergency family referrals and need your help with cash and gift card donations to ensure we can provide what they need right through the holiday season. Information on how to make a Cash Donation or Donate Gift Cards can be found below:

AAF Cash Donor IconYou can make a Cash Donation that we can pool together to buy gift cards in bulk along with other gift items! Buying gift cards in bulk is a win-win as we receive a charitable donation that we can use to help even more families!

 Make a Cash Donation

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You can donate Gift Cards to help us continue to support all the families needing support this holiday season!

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Looking for a way to support that's not listed above?

Get in contact with the Adopt-A-Family team and we would be happy to discuss how you can help in a way that works for you!
For example, if you would like to plan a third-party fundraising event or set up your own Crowdfunding Page, we can provide support. 
Contact aaf@childrensfoundation.org or 519-826-9551 ext 136 (or press 3) for more information.

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2021 Facts & Information


3,143 children and youth woke up to gifts under the tree because of our incredible community.

Tree1,431 family and independent youth referrals were sent to the program in a record-breaking year!

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Over 50 toy drives were hosted within the community to collect gifts and other items.

Program Partners

Thank you to our Adopt-A-Family partners that help make this program possible year over year. 

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At the Children's Foundation, we are committed to the actions and goals of the United Nations and their global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Our Adopt-A-Family Program supports the following SDGs:

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