Austin Adopt-a-Family Toy & Food Drives

UT-Austin law school students collect toys over the holidays.

There are so many opportunities to share in Austin this year. And these nonprofits and drives make it easy.

If your office, class or group is looking for a giving opportunity, consider adopting a family. Children and teens can learn a little about giving (and appreciate what they get) when they adopt a senior or another child. You might consider hosting a drive for one of these campaigns yourself by asking party guests to bring a toy. Many of these projects also need volunteers.

A warning: In most cases, you must have “adopted a family” by the first weekend in December, but check each listing for the few that go later. Volunteer slots and even donation opportunities fill up pretty quickly. I guarantee you, this will totally make your holiday. Don’t miss out!

Don’t forget to check out the comments section of this post! Some last-minute additions from other nonprofits.

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.

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
Chuy’s has been producing this parade for 25 years! Bring a toy, be a sponsor or donate. Great opportunity for kids to share their toys.

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.

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.

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.

Any Baby Can Wish List
You can donate items from the wish list all year but how fun would it be to make gift baskets for new moms?

Orange Santa
UT-Austin invites students and staff to drop off toys at various locations around campus.

Blue Santa
Municipal employees adopt families and you help by donating items, donating money or volunteering. Families needing assistance can visit several application sites.

Brown Santa
The Travis County Sheriff’s raises money by hosting a 5K run, a motorcycle ride and accepting your donations. Families needing assistance can visit several application sites.

P.S. If you need help, most of these websites tell you how to apply for assistance. You should also try calling 2-1-1 and ask for holiday help. Remember: Sign up as soon as possible. Most of these drives run out of items long before they run out of people who need them.

P.P.S. Who did I miss? I seem to add to this list every year, so if you know of any others you’d like to see listed, please add it in the comments below. Thank you!




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6 Comments on Austin Adopt-a-Family Toy & Food Drives

  1. The YMCA of Austin will be hosting the 24th Annual Children’s Christmas Party at the Delco Center on Saturday, December 8th from 9:30-4:00. Invited participants include those from over 20 partnering organizations and select Title 1 schools. Each child, ages 6 mths-12 years old, will receive a wrapped gift along with other festivities. Donated gifts, gift cards, or cash donations can be dropped off to any YMCA of Austin location. Volunteers are needed to work shifts and can contact for more information.

  2. Whole Earth Provision Co. is collecting new toys and children’s books to donate to Manos de Cristo, a community organization that promotes dignity and self-reliance among our homeless and working poor here in Austin. For each donation of an new toy or book in its original packaging with a value of $10 or more, the donor will receive a $5 Whole Earth Gift Certificate. Please drop off your gifts by December 10th at any of our three Austin stores. No gift wrapping please! For details please visit:

  3. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area is Austin’s largest youth development agency, serving nearly 12,000 kids per year. Holiday giving opportunities include sponsoring a family (gifts and/or meals), providing a holiday party at a Club, sponsoring a field trip, or choosing an item to give from our wish list. Visit for more information. Great futures start here!

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