Hey, Austin: Adopt a Family! Save Christmas!

Foundation Communities family
The Tolfree family, helped by Foundation Communities.

Foundation Communities family


Thousands of Central Texas families struggle all year long to put food on the table, so for them the holidays can be the worst time of year. Gifts, big meals, traveling to see friends and relatives… even a Christmas tree can be an extravagance they can’t afford. Lots of these families just skip the holidays and hold out hope for the new year.

Here’s one way to help: Adopt an Austin family. We’ve listed some of the organizations that offer adopt-a-family services below. As always, please tell me if I’ve left any off.

And make sure to send this to a friend! Wouldn’t it be great if nobody had to skip the holidays this year?

Bastrop Adopt a Family
Here’s your chance to help one of the families affected by the wildfires in Bastrop County. Because it’s hard to start from nothing for the holidays.

Foundation Communities Holiday Assistance

Foundation Communities provides affordable housing communities for families across Austin. Donate online or complete a sponsor form to help a low-income family this year.

Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program
Look for Salvation Army trees set up in businesses, churches, or malls to brighten an underprivileged youth’s holiday season.

Meals on Wheels Adopt a Senior
Support a senior citizen during the holidays by purchasing items off their wish lists.

Holiday Wishes Partnerships for Children
Donate Christmas presents to kids in Child Protection Services.

Lifeworks Project Holiday Help
Adopt a family, sponsor a party, or simply donate necessities to help out needy Capitol area families during the holiday season.

The Christmas Bureau of Austin
Families apply to participate, you review applications to choose your family. Choose a senior living on her own or a multi-generational family.

SafePlace Sponsor a Family
SafePlace helps men, women and children who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse. Donors are assigned a family or individual living in their transitional housing.

Family Eldercare’s Holiday Giving Drive

Make the Holidays brighter by sponsoring gifts for seniors and adults with disabilities who would otherwise not receive gifts this Holiday Season.

Did I miss any? Please let me know! monica@givingcity.com or just post in the comments below.

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6 Comments on Hey, Austin: Adopt a Family! Save Christmas!

  1. I am a single mother with three daughters. My oldest Alyssa is 10, my middle Alana is 6 and my youngest Arianna is 21months old. They are my life and every day I struggle to provide for them. I am writing this letter because I have been searching for help for Christmas and I haven’t been able to find anywhere that is willing to help us. I wanted to sign my girls up for the Adopt-A-Family program but I can’t figure out how to go about doing so. So I am asking anyone who is reading this if you can help or know any who can please help me and my girls. I’ve always been able to do Christmas but the past few years have been really hard for us. We were homeless for 3 years and struggled a lot during that time. I thank god every day that we have a home now and are off the streets. We are still struggling financially and that’s why I am asking for someone to help us. Thank you for reading my letter and I hope that there is someone out there that can help my family!!

  2. Kandyce, please call 2-1-1 in Austin. They are a clearinghouse and database of services around Austin, and if anyone knew how to find you the help you need, they would. Please let me know if they connect you with some help. -Monica

  3. I have 3 kids, am a single mom and taking care of my sister & her son while she deals w her cancer. It is very hard to keep a job and take care of her. I am asking for help and my family to be adopted.

  4. Hello,
    I am Maria, I am a full time student (with a federal loan) and my husband who is the only provider is out of employment and are having a hard time to keep up with our expenses. Our two 6 and 8 year old daughters have been asking us to contact Santa to give him the list of presents they wrote for Christmas, but we keep telling them that we will try to reach out to him and that we are not sure if could. I would love to have some help for this Christmas if possible. God bless you!

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