#AdoptAFamily

Last year, over 495 families requested help for Christmas. 

The Kanata Food Cupboard would not have been able to assist these families without community support through the Adopt-a-Family program.

If you would like to make a contribution to a family this Christmas through the Adopt-a-Family program, please complete the adopt-a-family registration form available here in late September.

This program is a confidential service. 

If you offer to "adopt" a family, you are provided with:

  • a code number for that family;
  • the number of adults and children in the family;
  • the childrens' gender, ages, and clothing sizes;
  • any gift items the adults have requested for the children.

The requests from families vary greatly and might include:

  • Christmas dinner and all the trimmings
  • clothing
  • a tree or Christmas decorations
  • gift ideas for the children

Please don’t wrap the gifts, although it is a good idea to include some giftwrap and other materials so that the parents can wrap any presents.  We request that only NEW toys and clothes be given.

It is difficult to estimate what "adopting a family" may cost, but you might consider spending about $100 for the food, and a maximum of $30 in gifts for each child 17 years of age and under.  If you have more funds available than what is necessary for your adopted family, please consider adopting a second family or donating extra gifts or food that can be distributed to others in need.

The adopters who respond to this request are many and varied. They include:

  • individuals
  • families
  • groups of colleagues at work
  • social or sports clubs
  • churches

If there is a size and type of family that you would like to assist, we will certainly try and accommodate your preference.

For more information about adopting a family, please contact the Adopt-A-Family coordinator.  

Thank you for your support!