It’s getting to be that time of the year when we all put on our comfy shoes and roam the aisles of our favorites stores (let’s be honest…Target), and stock up on everyone’s Christmas gifts. But what if we bought one extra gift? What if we took on one extra kid? What if we helped bring holiday joy to a family that wouldn’t otherwise experience any gifts (or food) on Christmas day.
Join us this year in helping to spread the holiday cheer throughout our entire Metro Detroit family by helping to adopt a family or just simply donate a gift of warm clothes and essentials to get through the winter months. We’ve compiled a list of 5 non-profits helping to support their respective communities this holiday season – and we invite you join in on this season of giving!
YMCA – Adopt a Family
About: The Metro Youth YMCA provides a range of programs that are fun and engaging for youth, while working to develop specific life skills that prepare them for the challenges ahead.
Program Details: Each year one or more families who demonstrate great need are selected by YMCA students, staff and volunteers to be showered with gifts during the holidays in December.
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
About: The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is one of the largest providers in the fight against homelessness and substance abuse in the country.
Program Details: Christmas could be just another cold and hungry day for a great many families in our community. That’s why DRMM is calling on faithful friends and supporters to adopt a struggling family and make this a Christmas they will never forget. Check out their list of gift requests for boys, girls, babies, moms and dads to see how you might help make a family’s holidays a little brighter.
Community Housing Network
About: Community Housing Network is a nonprofit organization committed to providing homes for people in need through proven strategies of homelessness prevention, housing assistance and development, community education and referral, advocacy, and additional services. We carry out our work in Southeast Michigan.
Program Details: We are excited to offer another year of giving through Adopt A Family. Adopt A Family was started in 2004 to help make the holidays merrier for the people we serve, including formerly homeless families and individuals. With our help, they are now in safe affordable housing but many are unable to provide holiday gifts for their families. Many of the participants we serve live on very low fixed incomes and have ongoing needs for even the most basic necessities. Warm coats, boots, hats and gloves are needed by many of the families, along with clothing and household items. For many, these will be the only gifts they receive at the holidays.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
About: The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation supports pediatric research, education, community benefit programs, and other initiatives that improve the health of children in Michigan.
Program Details: The Adopt-A-Family program, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, helps Children’s Hospital of Michigan social work staff connect local families in need with generous individuals and organizations in our community to provide clothing, household items and gifts they might otherwise go without.
About: The Salvation Army meets human needs without discrimination, assisting approximately 25 million Americans each year.
Program Details: From providing family dinners and keeping the heater on, to putting toys under the Christmas tree, we lend a hand with holiday events, offering healing and hope through spiritual guidance and giving gifts that serve the body, mind and soul.
About Kerry Doman
Kerry Doman is the founder and CEO of LittleGuide Detroit and After 5 Detroit. She has lived downtown Detroit for 10+ years and still calls the city home with her husband and son. As a relatively new mom, she’s excited to explore downtown with her family and hopes you’ll enjoy doing the same!