The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Adopt-A-Family Holiday program is seeking donors to help children, adults, people with disabilities and seniors in need in Delaware during the holiday season.

The Adopt-A-Family Holiday program anonymously matches donors to a senior, individual with a disability or a family with at least one child. In 2016, the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, through the leadership of the Human Services Councils of New Castle County and Kent/Sussex counties, helped 1,927 Delawareans.

The deadline to adopt a family is Dec. 8, and gift cards and gifts must be delivered to the Adopt-A-Family office by Dec. 15.

Adopt-A-Family provides the donor with the age and gender of each child in the family and a brief description of the circumstances that led to their need for assistance. The donor then provides gift cards for the head-of-household to use to purchase holiday gifts. The recommended minimum gift is $100 per child, with a gift card for the parent/guardian optional but thoughtful.

Those interested in adopting a senior or a person with a disability will be matched to an individual in need who is living in a nursing home or living alone receiving in-home care services. A wishlist of things the individual enjoys, needs or would appreciate, as well as clothing preferences and sizes, will be provided.

Families who are adopted are contacted by Adopt-A-Family to pick up their gift cards from their respective Adopt-A-Family office. Eligible recipients are referred to Adopt-A-Family by a social worker or case manager through state agencies and human service nonprofit organizations.

To adopt an individual or family, please contact:

— New Castle County Adopt-A-Family: Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Mail or drop off donations to Adopt-A-Family, 3301 Green St., Claymont, DE 19703. Call 792-6150 or email

— Kent and Sussex Adopt-A-Family: Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Mail or drop off donations to Adopt-A-Family, 13 SW Front St., Milford, DE 19963. Call 424-7260 or email

After shopping for the residents, items can be dropped off at Adopt-A-Family offices. Donors will be given a code when they are matched to include with the gift cards or items when they drop them off so the Adopt-A-Family knows who should receive the items.

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