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Local Adopt-a-Family Programs and Other Ways to Give Locally This Holiday Season

Here are some organizations that run Adopt-a-Family programs or otherwise will welcome your donations to families in need around the Capital District this holiday season.

Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families matches donors with local families in need. In some cases, donors can deliver their gifts directly to recipients. Monetary donations are also welcome. More information including a form to fill out available at this link, or contact kaitlyn.rice@albanycounty.com.

Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany serves the homeless and needy of the Capital Region. Contact Susan at 518-462-0459 x227 if you'd like to participate in their holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

Catholic Charities partners with other community agencies and providers to offer a wide range of support services to those in need regardless of race, creed, lifestyle or religious belief. They have a program to provide holiday gifts to their clients. Contact Keri Kintner at 518-449-3581 x 100. They'll need donations by December 11th.

Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs has an adopt-a-family program; email Lindsay@franklincommunitycenter.org or call 587-9826 x 225 to ‘adopt’ a family for the holidays. Each donor will be provided with a wish list from local children, including specific sizes and gift ideas. All donations for our holiday assistance program should be arranged with Lindsay who can be reached through the email and phone number listed above.  Due to concerns regarding food allergies, all gifts must be unwrapped.

Northern Rivers Family Services: Drop off new, unwrapped gifts, gift cards, and food cards to either One Genium Plaza in Schenectady or 60 Academy Road in Albany between Tuesday, November 28 and Monday, December 18.

Regional Food Bank is always in need of non-perishable food, and families particularly need more food when they aren't in school to receive food lunches. Consider donating money instead of or in addition to food to make the most of your giving.

Things Of My Very Own: Located in Schenectady, TOMYO provides impoverished children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect with crisis intervention services year-round. Check their website for needed items and drop-off times.

Unity House in Troy: Contact them at volunteer@unityhouseny.org about helping out by "adopting" individual children and shopping off their wish lists or collecting toys for their gift "boutique." You can also donate $25 gift cards from local stores or funds to help support their Adopt a Child Program which helps parents provide gifts for their children at holiday time. They have a Toy Drop Off Day on November 28.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local community. Click the main link for drop-off locations, or click here to donate online or here to check out local events.

Wellspring offers services including a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, and more in Saratoga County. 

Do you know an organization that would like to be included on this list? Please contact katie@kidsoutandabout.com.