Adopt a Child or Family for the Holidays
Sprinkle kindness through your holiday season
"Adopting” a disadvantaged child or family at holiday time can inspire a sense of giving in your children.
A low-income child or family without enough resources to have gifts for the holidays.
What you’ll need
- A list of gift options* for your “adopted” child or family.
- The courage to face a shopping expedition with your children!
- Contact your local Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services or Salvation Army or visit volunteermatch.org to be matched with your recipient(s), ideally similar in age to your own children.
- After you learn the specifics about your recipient(s) (age, gender, etc.), brainstorm gift ideas with your family. If the organization gave you a list of requested gift items, consider that, too.
- Pick your destination and go shopping.
- Wrap the gifts and attach recipient names to each.
- Drop them off at the designated spot.
- What would it feel like to receive holiday gifts from a stranger instead of family and friends?
- What would your holiday be like if you didn’t receive any presents?
- What are other ways you can help cheer up families in need over the holidays?
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1957). A timeless tale about what Christmas is really about.
- The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Zonderkidz, 2010). Ages 4 and up. Brother and Sister Bear are eager to receive their Christmas presents. But during the Christmas pageant, they learn a valuable lesson about generosity.
Take it further
- If you enjoyed this project, you can sponsor a family year ’round through the Box Project or Family to Family.
- If you’d like to purchase gifts for more children, take part in Toys for Tots.
*Cost can vary greatly on some projects depending on the way you approach them. Consider asking friends and neighbors to “sponsor” your effort if you get excited about a project that may be out of your price range. You might end up with a big-hearted community at your side!
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