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.
Sponsors are invited to purchase gift cards valued at $25 (e.g. grocery gift cards, fuel cards and/or public transportation passes) for the adults as an additional bonus. This generally benefits the entire family as the grocery gift cards can be used so that everyone can enjoy a delicious holiday meal together. Fuel cards and public transportation passes help to ease the burden so that the family can travel together in order to enjoy the holiday festivities and it enables working parents to have the essential support they need in order get to their place of employment.
Finally, we 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.