What is Adopt-A-Family?

The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with families in need in order to make Christmas shine a little brighter. In 2019, with the support of our generous community of donors, we were able to provide Christmas gifts and grocery cards for 1,287 families and independent youth, which included 2,821 children and youth.

Families are referred to us by social service agencies who have identified they are in need. Adopt-A-Family is about more than gifts under the tree; it's about providing families with support and hope during the holidays.

*While Adopt-A-Family is a Christmas holiday program, it is open to people of all backgrounds and traditions.

AAF logo Changes for 2020 

With all the changes the pandemic has brought about in our community, we have had to re-think how to continue providing the support kids and families need in new and safe ways.
The safety of our team, our donors, and the community at large has been forefront in our planning. In the spirit of Santa Claus and the Elves, with a steadfast and jolly determination to bring hope and joy home for the holidays, we are pleased that we will be able to continue providing holiday support this year, although it will look different than how our program usually runs.
For Adopt-A-Family 2020, we will be moving to a Gift Card model. We will continue to partner with social and community agencies who will refer families in need to the program. Donors who wish to 'adopt' a family will still be able to do so, receiving information about the family they are supporting, including what gift cards will be most helpful for that family to purchase what they need for a special holiday.
You can read about the many ways you can provide support for location families this holiday season by Clicking Here.
Winter Wear Drive

In addition to our core gift card program, we are also collecting Winter Wear to distribute to kids who need coats, boots and other outerwear this winter. You can read more about our Winter Wear Drive HERE.

Ways to Help

There are many ways that you can provide support and hope for local families in the Guelph and Wellington County (Ontario) area during the Christmas season this year.
You can choose to make a cash donation which we will use to make sure that all families are supported this holiday season. Or you can choose to sign up to adopt a family or youth or support in other ways, such as donating gift cards or holding a gift drive.
For more detailed information about how you can help in 2020 CLICK HERE.

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Program Partners

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




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