The holidays can be a stressful time for all of us, but holiday stress is especially difficult for clients rebuilding lives affected by violence. Many of our clients have a hard time making ends meet after leaving abusive partners and can’t afford Christmas gifts for their children. They may have to navigate extra visitation time for the children with their former spouse or interact with in-laws who are not supportive. The holidays present a variety of stressors for our clients.
But you can help! Adopt-a-Family is our annual holiday assistance program that pairs caring community partners like you with one or more of the families we serve to provide gifts for the holidays. Adopt-a-Family is a rewarding way to share the joy of the season with a local family in need. It’s a great way for families, community groups, church groups, work teams, and local businesses to show these families how much they care.
How It Works
- Sign up here to adopt a family. If you are unable to shop for a family, you can also give gift cards and DVIS staff will do the shopping for you.
- We will send you the family’s wish list that includes sizes, preferences and any special needs for each family member.
- Shop for your family!
- Label all unwrapped gifts with the family’s code and which member the gift is for (ex: Mom, Boy 1, Girl 1, etc.).
- Deliver the gifts to DVIS between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., December 3-7.
To protect the identities of our clients, we will assign each family a code. It is very important that you label the gifts with this code so we deliver them to the right family. The average cost to buy for a family of four is $400, or $100 per person; however, your level of generosity is up to you. We only ask that you buy new items for these families. We do not accept used gift donations.
Want to help another way? Help us wrap gifts for adopted families December 10 – 14 or donate gift wrapping supplies. Wrapping gifts is a fun activity for groups and we’d love to host your work team, civic group, church group or club. Click here to sign up!