Adopt A Family Manatee County

How To "Adopt" A Family

To "adopt" a family, we assign you a family that we have prequalified and you or your organization furnish Christmas presents for the children.

We'll ask you what size family you would like to provide for and then we'll give you a list of the children in the appropriate family along with the ages and each child's wish list. You are asked to give each child, a book and 3-4 of the items on their wish list. You purchase, wrap, label and box the items and return them to us at our warehouse during the second week in December. The family you were assigned will pick up their gifts at our warehouse during our distribution days in mid-December.


You tell us the number of children in the family you want to adopt, send us a donation to cover the cost of the gifts for the children and we'll do all the work. We'll handle the shopping, wrapping and boxing of the gifts for this family and send you a list of the gifts we’ve purchased.

The choice is yours but in either case, you choose the size of family that you can support. We begin assigning families about a week after our registration begins in November. If you are purchasing the gifts, you will be given a specific date on which to deliver your boxed gifts to us so that we can assure timely availability for the receiving family.

How to contact us

To adopt a family you may call us at (941) 748-4424
Email us at

Be sure to include the following information:

Your name/contact person
Organization if applicable
Phone number
Number of children in a family you'd like to sponsor
Whether or not you have previously adopted one of our families

Once we hear from you, we’ll get back in touch with you. Please note that we are not able to begin to assign families until the second week of November.