Adopt-A-Family

The Adopt-A-Family Program is designed to help those that are in the most critical need this holiday season and is coordinated by CCM. The program pairs referred clients/families with groups or individuals who have volunteered to “Adopt” a family for Christmas. Referrals come from school counselors and local agencies. Family adoptions are not guaranteed and are based on the amount of individuals willing to participate in this program. CCM does not take self-referrals. Individuals must submit an application through their school counselor or local helping agency and is especially for families not receiving help from any other source.

The deadline to adopt a family is December 15th.

FAQs

The Empty Stocking Fund is a holiday assistance program that helps struggling families experiencing crisis in our community. The Family Adoption Program is designed to help those that are in the most critical need this holiday season. Applications are submitted by school counselors or caseworkers. CCM matches referred clients/families with groups or individuals who have volunteered to “Adopt” a family for Christmas.
It is important to adopt a realistic size family that you feel comfortable assisting based on your personal budget. Our families range from single parent and child to up to larger families with several children in the home. All families in the household are eligible to receive gifts.
  • If your budget is small, it is recommended to adopt a small family of 1 or 2 children.
Once you have selected a family, you will receive an email with the family details including sizes, needs and wish list.
  • Please make contact within 24-48 hours, introduce yourself and let them know you will be assisting their family for Christmas.
Gift cards are especially meaningful to the families. Gift cards preserve the dignity of the parents allowing them to do the shopping for their own gifts and food for the holidays. Most families appreciate and welcome the opportunity to shop as well as select and wrap the gifts themselves for their kids. If you prefer to shop for or with the parents, you will be given a list of sizes for each family member as well as wish lists when available. Gifts for the children can be toys, games, books, clothing, etc. You may provide a gift for the entire family, your giving is a personal decision based on your budget.
  • There is no obligation to purchase everything on the wish list. You are welcome to contact the family to discuss gift ideas or needs for the family.
We have found that Wal-Mart, Target, gas cards and grocery store gift cards are always welcome.  We recommend that you provide the family with the means for a meal and gifts for the children.  Gift giving is based on your budget, but a general recommendation would be approximately $25-$50 per family member. If you would like to remain anonymous, we can assist with this.
We do not require that you wrap the gifts, but we do recommend that you have a discussion with the parent as to what their preference is. We want to be sensitive that many of these families would prefer to wrap the gifts themselves.
Yes, it is your responsibility to get your family their gift cards or gifts a week before Christmas. We ask that you set up and central location to personally give them their gifts or gift cards. Meeting locations could include a church, school or mall.
  • For safety reasons, we always recommend that you take someone with you when you deliver gifts.
Yes, you can donate gift cards by dropping them off at the Crisis Center, 246 Country Club Dr. NE, Concord, NC or you can donate to the Utility Assistance Program or you can donate toys to the Toy Closet at the Kannapolis YMCA.
  • CCM will not be able to provide you with a tax receipt for a family that you are adopting because the gifts go directly to the families and not to CCM. Please contact your tax advisor for any questions.

Senior Care & Share Shoeboxes

Many seniors live on fixed incomes and find themselves very much alone. A Senior Care & Share Shoebox or Bag spreads holiday cheer to someone who may not have much to look forward to this time of the year. Simply get a shoebox, or gift bag and fill it with any of the items listed below… include a card or personal note, if you’d like.  Bring the shoebox or bag to Lorie Williams at the Crisis Center, 246 Country Club Dr., NE, Concord, NC. We will be sure that a senior in need receives your box of cheer!  Our drop-off hours are Monday – Friday 10am to 1pm or by appointment.  Please label your shoebox or bag with M for male or F for female.

The deadline to receive the shoeboxes is Monday, December 6th.

Senior Care and Share Box Ideas

  • Lip balm, blush
  • Giftcards
  • Inspirational books/bible
  • Magnifying glass
  • Brush, comb and mirror
  • Moisturizing soap and lotions
  • Fluffy socks
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Sugar free mints
  • Candies, cookies, breath fresheners
  • Kleenex
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Slip proof slippers
  • Large print books
  • Insulated Coffee mugs
  • Hand cream
  • Talcum powder
  • Note cards, postage stamps
  • Ensure
  • Aftershave
  • Lap blanket
  • Shawl
  • Pocket calendar

If you would like to Adopt-A-Family or pack a Senior Shoebox for Christmas, please contact:

Lorie Williams, Volunteer Coordinator

704.490.4245  |