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 children's wish lists include all the normal gifts that any child would want, the families' needs very often include basic necessities such as diapers, bedding and winter clothing.

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

Why do we exist?

Within Guelph and Wellington County, there are many families who are unable to afford the luxury of gifts and special treats during the holiday season. In fact, this time of year can add extra stress for a family who is already struggling to make ends meet.

Families are referred to the program by many social service agencies within Guelph and Wellington County. The families include single moms and dads, children being raised by grandparents, low income two-parent families, and independent-living youth.

How Adopt-A-Family Makes a Difference

  • Lifts the spirits of local families at holiday time.
  • Provides donors with actual wish lists from children so that each child receives gifts that are unique and special to them.
  • Gives the opportunity for families to have a wonderful holiday dinner, using grocery gift cards.
  • Enhances each donor’s holiday experience by giving to a family in their own community. 

2019 Facts

  • 2,821 children and youth received personalized gifts based on their needs and wishes, thanks to over 1,000 donor groups.
  • 1,287 family and independent youth referrals were sent to the program by 168 social workers.
  • 51% of the family referrals come from single-parent homes.

How does it work?

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CLICK HERE to see our Info-Graphic on how the Adopt-A-Family Program works.

Program Partners

Thank you to our Media Partners ~ Magic 106.1 and 1460 CJOY

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 Thank you to our Site Partner ~ Wood Development Group