Yes; you are welcome to provide gifts for every age group, both young and old, including parents. We do provide a suggested list of gifts to consider; however this is not a restrictive list, rather it is given to offer ideas for what may be most useful, needed and desired. While our organization provides sponsorship for the entire family, we invite our generous donors to sponsor as many children ages 13-17 as they are able to support. Because we work with Toys For Tots, we typically receive more gifts for children ages 0-12; therefore out of respect for the generosity of our kind donors we refrain from asking for support that is not necessary. Sadly, most often there is a severe shortage of gifts for the older children ages 13-17. With this in mind, we have specifically targeted this age demographic with our Holiday Help program so that the entire family enjoys a wonderful and blessed holiday.
Although we don't typically ask our generous sponsors to purchase for an entire family, we do invite sponsors to provide gift cards valued at $25 (e.g. grocery gift cards, fuel cards and/or public transportation passes) for the adults in addition to the gifts for the 13-17 year old children. This generally benefits the entire family as the grocery gift cards can be used so that the entire family can enjoy a delicious holiday meal together. While the fuel cards and the public transportation passes may enable the family to travel together in order to enjoy the holiday festivities or it may provide the adults with the essential support they need in order get to their place of employment or school.
Finally, our organization provides the opportunity for each family to receive a free family portrait. We believe this is a valuable part of our Adopt-A-Family program as it supports healthy family connection, cherished memories and a lasting visual legacy.