Adopt A Family Manatee County

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do we help?  We help qualified lower income families by providing Christmas presents for their children from infancy through high school.

Are there qualifications that applicants must meet?  Yes.  Families are qualified based on income, residency and subsidies.  Details.

When and where do families go to apply?  Each fall we send notices out to schools, churches and agencies giving our location and hours for the Christmas season.  Information is also available on this website and in local newspapers.  Details. 

How many families do you help annually? The number varies year to year but we usually help 1500 families and 4500 children.

What does a family typically receive?  We try to give each child three age appropriate gifts and a book.  Parents provide us with their child's interests and "wish list" when they apply.   All items are new.

Who makes up your staff?  We are all volunteers.   Our seasonal volunteers help with all aspects of our work: qualifying families; taking applications; doing mailings; office work; wrapping; boxing; - anything that needs to be done.  Volunteer now.   Our Board of Directors continues the work of Adopt A Family throughout the year.  Details.

Who provides your funding?  All of our funding comes from community donations. We receive no subsidies from any government or private agency.  Donate now.

Do you accept used clothing or furniture?  No, every gift that we give to each child is brand new.