Give tidings of comfort and joy to families this holiday season!

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Wow, thank you Rochester, over 300+ families have already been adopted!

While all of our families have been generously adopted (thank you!), there are still ways you can make a difference in someone's holiday this year:

  • Use the form below to to provide a holiday meal, a single toy for a forgotten child, or necessities for the men in our homeless shelters.
  • If you are able to make a direct contribution, you may do so on our donation page.

Thank you, so much, from the bottom of our hearts! You, and donors like you, have made this Season brighter for the families in our Adopt-A-Family project. You have provided more than gifts with your participation: you are helping families create memories they will cherish.

Stay tuned for pictures of your donations, our social workers and elves, and thank you quotes from our families. Meanwhile, we wish you joy, health, and comfort. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Instructions for adopting a family

Using the form below, you can select a family (-ies) to adopt by filtering the gift "drop-off location" and/or the "family size." Once you choose to adopt a family (or families), you will be sent a confirmation email detailing their wish list(s), along with specific drop-off location details. ALL gifts should be dropped off at the designated location between December 7th-11th. Please note that December 11th is a hard deadline to ensure that we get your gifts to families in time for the holidays. Should you need to make alternate arrangements, please contact the site directly at the number that will be provided in your confirmation email. If you have any other questions about our Adopt-a-Family program, please contact our program manager, Ally Ewing, at

Our elves request that you do not wrap your gifts, however, gift bags are welcomed. Your confirmation email will include your adopted family’s ID code, which we ask to be clearly labeled when you drop off your gifts. Because of stricter privacy laws, we are unable to provide recipient names, just gender and age.

Thank you for being part of the Adopt-a-Family program. It is an exciting time for us all, as we anticipate the joy your kindness will bring to these children on Christmas morning. For the families, it is not just about the excitement on their child’s face, but it's also about the knowledge that somewhere a kind stranger in our community is wishing them well during this season of peace and love.



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Select one family from the list below to begin your adoption process. If you or your organization would like to adopt more than one family, you will have the opportunity to return to this page once your first adoption registration process is complete.

Not seeing a family that meets your budget or other holiday giving criteria? Please see the other ways you can help those we serve this season.

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