Adopt a Family Minneapolis, St Paul Twin Cities FamilyWiseAdopt a family and give the gift that has true meaning.

Many of our families are unable to give their children the kind of holiday we take for granted. By “adopting” a family for the holiday, you can give a bright beginning to a family in need.

Last year, more than 636 of our parents and children had a magnificent holiday season thanks to the generosity of people like you. Rally your family members, co-workers and friends to make this year special for our families and yours. Celebrate your family, and the spirit of the season, by giving a gift that has true meaning.

We are moving forward with our giving campaign this year, and have developed a plan to strengthen and support FamilyWise families with our 2020 Adopt-a-Family campaign. There are some changes to how we will organize things this holiday season given the pandemic and approaching seasonal changes:  

  • registration fee donation of $50 for sponsor groups 
  • instructions for sponsors to pre-bag and label gifts 
  • assigned drop-off times 
  • “curbside” drop-off in our parking lot 

This is a tough time for so many families and the generosity of all of the adopt-a-family sponsors makes it possible for us meet the expanding needs of families we serve with gifts that can help them reach their goals. We appreciate your commitment to FamilyWise families during this difficult year. 

Now – December 6

Sponsor Registration is occurring on a rolling basis as we match sponsors with family wish lists! If the link on the right of the page is not functioning, we may have reached our capacity, so please check out some of the other ways you can support FamilyWise families:  How to Contribute

Each of our registered families’ wish lists will be sent out to sponsors with a confirmed registration.

Shop and wrap all gifts and label them with each individual’s name, but leave the “from” blank so that parents and caregivers may put their names on the gifts. The suggested dollar amount spent per individual is $50.

*New this year*: Due to COVID, we want to minimize the risk of contamination when receiving and sorting gifts. Please bag all presents in trash bags (preferably black), seal the bag and label it by stapling or taping a copy of the family(families)’s Wish List. You can use as many bags as needed to bundle families’ gifts together. Please label the Wish List copy(ies) with “Bag 1 of X”.

December 6 – 12
Drop off wrapped gifts at FamilyWise’s main office: 3036 University Ave SE in Minneapolis at your pre-assigned time. When you arrive, please call 612.877.7839 to have staff or volunteers come out and pick up your bags from your car. If you wish to drop them off outside of our main entrance yourself, we have installed a “DELIVERIES” buzzer that you can press for someone to receive your gifts. Charitable receipts will be available at drop off or can be mailed physically or digitally following receipt of your gifts.

Questions? Reach out with an email or call 612.877.7844


Other Opportunities
Adopt-a-Classroom: You can shop and donate items of various price points and categories to support the work FamilyWise does with local families. Browse the classroom wish lists (and our all-encompassing ‘FamilyWise Wish List’ Charity List) here:

Gift Card Drive

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