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With the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, Delawareans can help bring the holiday spirit to thousands of Delaware children, adults, people with disabilities and seniors in need. Each holiday season from October to December, donors are anonymously matched to a senior, individual with a disability or a family of one or more children through the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program. Adopt-A-Family provides the donor with the age and gender of each child in the family and a brief description of the circumstances that led to their need for assistance. The donor then provides gift cards or certificates for the head-of-household to use in buying holiday gifts. The recommended gift is $100 per child, with a gift certificate for the parent optional but thoughtful.

Adopt-A- Family is coordinated by the DHSS, Division of State Service Centers, under leadership of the Human Services Council, Inc., a 501c3 advisory board. This relationship allows for a public-private partnership that works to support families throughout the year. Adopt-A- Family is completely funded by individuals, community agencies, churches, and corporations with administrative support from DHSS/DSSC. Therefore, all donations are managed by the Human Services Council, Inc. and 100% of all donations are used to provide direct support to needy families.

Previously with this program we have helped more than 2,500 families and individuals during the holiday season. Most of the beneficiaries are single-parent households, children, adults with disabilities, and senior citizens.


Dear Supporter:

 “Jane, this is a difficult thing for me to do, but, with the economy being what it is, and the cost of doing business, I’m going to have to let you go.” 

“Jim, at this time, I can only offer you part time employment.  Your schedule will be reduced to 25 hours a week.” 

This is what employees are hearing more and more - employees who work hard and have families to support.  These same people have to pay rent or mortgage, utility bills, and put food on the table.  Now, let’s add (what should be) the joy of being able to provide for children at Christmas - children looking forward to toys and clothes.  Yet, their parents can’t afford the heat bill.  How can they even consider Christmas?  How do they look their children in the eye on Christmas morning and tell them that Santa did not come this year?  Or, do resourceful, caring people like our sponsors, reach out to them and become Santa?  In the past, you have stepped up to the plate and provided parents in similar positions the opportunity to give their children a wonderful holiday.   You have also been the only Santa for many nursing home residents and disabled individuals who have no one to be there for them.

 Adopt-A-Family relies on you, our very generous sponsors, to provide donations to help children, seniors, and disabled individuals during the holiday season.  And, since it seems that things get worse each year, would you consider partnering with us again?  If so, the adoption process is simple.  Here are the ways you can help:

 families with children online at  Please see attached Online Adoption flyer for further details.  Choose your families and purchase gift cards by preference (New Castle: Walmart or Kmart  and Kent/Sussex: Walmart or VISA).  All gift cards should be shipped directly to the appropriate New Castle or Kent/Sussex office.  For online adoption support, you may email with your questions;

You may contact either office to hear family stories and decide the family(ies) you want to adopt and then deliver or ship your gift cards to the appropriate office;or

You may send or bring checks or gift cards to your local AAF office and we will match you with a child or family that is truly in need and send you the circumstances affecting them this year.

 We were able to serve over 1,900 families last year and we hope to surpass that number with your continued generosity and support.  Our goal is to increase sponsorship this year to allow us to serve more families. 

 Everything is anonymous and your assistance is tax deductible.   We thank you for your consideration of our request and we hope we can rely on you to help make the holidays better for one or more children and/or a senior who needs someone to care. We wish you and yours a great holiday season filled with love and abundance.

Thank you, in advance, because we cannot help families without you!  Again, we thank you for your continued support.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!





ONLINE DONATIONS DEADLINE (through December 7, 2018


GIFT CARD DELIVERY DEADLINE for FAMILIES ($100 minimum per child):  December 14, 2018

Holiday Program