AAF Gift

Our Adopt-A-Family Program (AAF) connects families who are unable to afford gifts or a holiday dinner with community donors during the winter holiday season. 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.

Adopt-A-Family Donor Sign-up will open on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022!

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!

 Make a Cash Donation

AAF Gift CardsYou can donate Gift Cards to help us continue to support all emergency referrals up until the holidays!

 Learn More

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 for more information.


How Adopt-A-Family makes a difference

  • Reduces the financial and emotional stress, and lifts the spirits of local families at holiday time.
  • Strengthens family relationships by providing them the opportunity to create family traditions and memories.
  • Increases trust and connection between the family and their social worker.
  • Fosters a sense of belonging within the community for the children and their families.
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem in child and youth, making them feel seen and valued.
  • Enhances donors' own holiday experience by giving to a family in their own community. 



2021 Facts & Information


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

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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