How We Began

We started in a small way with one group of families helping others and have grown into an entire community of families helping the less fortunate of Manatee County. 

In 1982 a high school guidance counselor in Bradenton named Joe Kane discovered a few families in his school were facing difficult financial times and a bleak Christmas for their children. He decided to step in and quietly help in a way that would protect the identity and dignity of the family. He found other families in the school who were in a position to provide Christmas presents for the families in need and asked them to do so, which they did.

From that small gesture of kindness 30 years ago, Adopt A Family has grown to become one of the largest providers of Christmas help for families and children in Manatee County. Throughout the years, we have been able to help fill the wish lists of approximately 30,000 families and 90,000 children. But no matter how many years go by, or how large we grow, the heart of Adopt A Family remains the same: one family reaching out to help another to have a Merry Christmas.

How We'll Continue

If you'd like to play a part in helping us help others, go to "How You Can Help" for ways you might contribute.