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PLEASE NOTE: Safety protocol measures will be in place during this year's Christmas Connection to keep our social workers, volunteers, donors, and the families we serve safe. Make sure to carefully read the website for changes affecting types and condition of donated items, volunteer opportunities, and drop-off procedures. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TYPES OF DONATED ITEMS:
All donated items MUST BE NEW (toys, teen gifts, blankets, and food), and we are not accepting any clothing, linens, housewares, or bicycles.

Thanks for your support
of Christmas Connection!


Important Dates:

November 23 ~ Opening Day
November 25-28 ~ Closed for Thanksgiving
November 29 ~ Site Reopens
December 12 - Adopted Family Items Due to Site
December 15 - All Donations Due to Site
December 21 ~ Last Day

Help us bring the spirit of the season to those who need it most by adopting a family!

In 2019, over 270 of our families were adopted by individuals, groups, organizations, or other families in the community. Adopting a family means you agree to provide children's gift items and other critical needs, such as food, toiletries, and blankets. You can choose the size of the family you wish to adopt and whether you'd like to deliver the gifts yourself or have Christmas Connection deliver them for you. 

Adopting a family is fun and easy - and it's a great way to make a difference!


ADOPT-A-FAMILY REGISTRATION

The Wish List

This year, the families' wish lists include gifts for children ages 17 and under, as well as other critical items, such as food, toiletries, blankets, and diapers. There may be other basic essentials on the list, as well. Please try to provide wish list items to the best of your financial ability. If there is an item you are unable to provide, message us with that information, and we will do our best to assist. You are welcome and encouraged to do more if your budget permits.

Gift cards to various stores (i.e groceries, clothing, houseware items, etc.) would be a generous way of letting the family know how much you care and are greatly appreciated.

Groups, teams, and businesses are strongly encouraged to adopt a medium- (4-5) to large-size family (6 and over).

How Does It Work?

To adopt a family, click the link. There you may choose of the family and indicate your delivery preference. We will also do our best to match any special requests (i.e family with young children, senior citizen, someone in your hometown, etc.). Once your request has been matched, you will receive an email from us containing family contact information, referring social worker information, a description of the family situation, the familiy's critical needs, and a personalized wish list for the children ages 17 and under.  

Next, you can have some fun by shopping, wrapping, and boxing the gifts for the family. If you are delivering directly to the family, your next step is to contact the family and deliver the boxes on a mutually agreeable date and time. If you would like for Christmas Connection to make the delivery, just bring the boxes to the Christmas Connection site, and follow the drive-up drop-off procedures below. All boxed gifts are due back to the Christmas Connection site no later than December 12, 2020.

Delivery

The social service agencies who refer families to Christmas Connection determine whether an adopter can deliver to the family or if the gifts need to be dropped off at the site. This determination is based on a variety of factors such as family preference, location, and safety. If you indicate on the adoption form (*link below)  that you wish to make the delivery yourself, we will attempt to match you with a family who is comfortable with someone coming to their house.

When delivering directly, delivery time and place should be coordinated with your family early, and the delivery must be made by December 21, 2020. Upon completion of your delivery, please notify Christmas Connection the delivery has been made by messaging us using the contact form on the website.

If you do not wish to deliver directly to the family, you will be matched with a family whose gifts must be delivered to the Christmas Connection site, and the social worker will then deliver the gifts. These gifts must be delivered to the site by December 12, 2020.

As a safety precaution, please wear a mask and maintain social distancing guidelines when interacting with families, social workers, or Christmas Connection volunteers. Please do not enter the homes of your adopted family.  

 

 

Change of Plans

If for some reason you cannot follow through with either the adoption or the delivery, please notify us prior to December 18, 2020 at 850-665-3852. Our site closes on December 21, 2020, and we will not be able to help after that date.



ADOPT-A-FAMILY REGISTRATION

CHRISTMAS CONNECTION OPENS
NOVEMBER 23, 2020.

2811 Capital Circle NE, Unit 2 . Tallahassee
850.665.3852

November 23-24 and November 29-December 21, 2020
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday (10am-6pm); Sunday (1pm-5pm)

Serving the following counties:
Franklin | Gadsden | Jefferson | Leon | Madison | Wakulla