Holiday Adoption Program

Make the holidays brighter for a family in need in your community. Learn about our holiday adoption programs.

Who You’ll Help

Each year, more than 1,000 families in Cedar Rapids ask to be part of our holiday adoption program. We serve all types and sizes of families who might not otherwise be able to afford holiday meals or gifts for their children.

Thanksgiving Program

Donate nonperishable foods or grocery store gift cards, or make an online donation, to help us purchase food for family Thanksgiving meals. Olivet Neighborhood Mission staff will distribute food to families in need in time for the holiday.

Christmas Program

Purchase gifts for children ages 15 and under in a single family. You tell us what size of family you’d like to sponsor, and we’ll give you information about each child’s age, gender, and clothing size, as well as gift ideas from their parents. Wrap and label the gifts, then drop them off at Olivet Neighborhood Mission during designated times. You may choose to donate anonymously or sign your name.

Holiday Giving for Groups and Businesses

Anyone can sponsor a family for the holidays, including individuals, families, scout troops, sports teams, community groups, and businesses.

Come together with your family, friends, teammates, or co-workers to assist those in need, inspire a sense of giving, and spread joy and cheer. If you’d like to sponsor multiple families, just let us know.

Sign Up for 2020 Holiday Giving

Please check back in late September for information on how to sponsor a family this year.

Timeline for Donations

  • Thanksgiving: Please make your Thanksgiving food and monetary donations by Nov. 7, 2020.
  • Christmas: Sign up to sponsor a family by December 5, 2020.