Adopt A Family for the Holidays

Looking to spread holiday cheer? Support Military and Veteran families through Soldiers’ Angels Adopt-A-Family.

Provide gifts for the children and a grocery gift card for the family to put towards their holiday meal.

Together, we can give Military and Veteran families the holiday they deserve!

UPDATE 12/21/2023:
𝟭𝟭𝟯 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗩𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁… 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁, 𝟮𝟵𝟬 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗸𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿.
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🎄Here’s how you can help: 🎄

  • 𝐀𝐝𝐨𝐩𝐭 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 and provide 1 gift for each child and a grocery gift card for the family to put towards a holiday meal. You must become a volunteer to adopt a family. Get started here.
    • *** 𝑺𝑰𝑵𝑪𝑬 𝑾𝑬 𝑨𝑹𝑬 𝑫𝑶𝑾𝑵 𝑻𝑶 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑾𝑰𝑹𝑬 you can send the family you adopt an e-gift card if gifts won’t arrive in time. Make sure there is a grocery gift card for $50-$100 as well as a gift card the family could use for gifts to a store that has more than just groceries. You could combine those gift cards if sending an e-gift card from a store like Walmart that has grocery and non-grocery items.
    • *** 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘂𝗽 at a Target or Walmart store nearest the family you adopt! If you choose this option, please coordinate with the family first to make sure they can arrange to pick up the items.
  • 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞. Your last-minute gift will help us rush gift cards to the families that remain. Donate here.

Military and Veteran families usually live on a very tight budget, so putting together a Christmas or other winter holiday celebration can be a real challenge for some of them. Soldiers’ Angels provides holiday support to eligible Military and Veteran families through the Adopt-A-Family program.

The Soldiers’ Angels Holiday Adopt-A-Family program helps businesses, organizations, and individuals support qualified Military and Veteran families that could use some help providing a holiday celebration for their families. The minimum requirement to adopt a family is to provide gifts for the children and a grocery gift card to help them purchase their holiday dinner and trimmings.

The goal of providing these families with holiday support is to show America’s gratitude for the services and sacrifices not just from the military Service Member/Veteran, but from the family as a whole.

Are you interested in spreading the word about the Adopt-A-Family program to help recruit qualified families or the volunteers that want to support them? Be sure to check out the Adopt-A-Family Recruiter Toolkit.

Angel Volunteer Commitment

The Soldiers’ Angels Adopt-A-Family program is a virtual support program that solely operates during the holiday season. If you plan to support, either as a business or an individual, you will be expected to provide (at a minimum) the following to every family you adopt:

  • Gifts for every child
  • Grocery gift card for the family to put toward their holiday meal

Adopt a Family for the Holidays

Registration to adopt a family opens on October 15, 2023

How It Works:

Military and Veteran families register with Soldiers’ Angels and provide the necessary documentation to validate their service as well as their financial needs. Once vetted for support, families are uploaded for individuals, organizations, and businesses to adopt.

Once adopted, adopters can view the family’s contact information and wish lists. Adopters are asked to coordinate directly with their family regarding any questions, including questions about shipping and delivery.

Please note, we ask that your gifts are received by your family by or before December 25, 2023. This means that if you are shipping your gifts, you will need to take shipping time into account. These are the shipping deadlines in order for items to arrive on time:

  • Shipping to a stateside address: ship by or before December 15, 2023
  • Shipping to an overseas address (APO/FOP/DPO): ship by or before December 8, 2023

UPDATE 12/13/2023: We know the shipping deadlines are fast approaching and many families are still getting adopted. We ask that you please make every effort possible to get the gifts to the family on time for Christmas. Before finalizing online purchases, check the anticipated delivery dates. Additionally, consider placing orders for pickup at a nearby Target, Walmart, or similar chain store convenient for the adopted family. If you opt for pickup, kindly coordinate with your adopted family to arrange suitable transportation.



  • Businesses may adopt multiple families. There is no maximum number of families businesses can adopt, but the business must be able to support every family they commit to adopting. To get started, businesses must first join Soldiers’ Angels as an Angel volunteer.
  • Before you register your business, please read the Adopt-A-Family Businesses: Requirements and FAQ’s page to familiarize yourself with the Adopt-A-Famly Program.

Ready to Get Started? Register to Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays

Step 1: Complete the volunteer registration form.

Step 2: After you’re approved, you’ll get an email with instructions and screenshots of how to select families. Within the opportunity you select, you will have access to details about the family, a wishlist of items for each child, and other important details. You will also get contact information for the family and will need to reach out for full details before you start shopping.

Step 3: Shop for the gifts (to include the grocery gift card) and arrange for delivery or shipping of the items so that they arrive by or before December 25th. (Shipping to a stateside address, ship by December 15th. Shipping to an overseas address (APO/FOP/DPO, ship by December 8th).

Step 4: Report the support you provided in our database.

Click here to sign up for email notifications about the 2023 Adopt-A-Family Program!


Whether you are participating as an individual or business to adopt a family, or you are a supporter that would love to share information about the great work of the Adopt-A-Family program, we’ve created assets that will help you communicate everything Adopt-A-Family! In addition, we are always looking for help recruiting eligible families to participate. If you have connections in the military and veteran community, we would love your support recruiting those families!

To learn more and download all of the materials you will need to help make Adopt-A-Family 2023 a success, click here to visit the Supporter Resources page or access it via the Adopt-A-Family navigation bar at the top of this page.

“We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for going out of your way to help our family during Christmas. It isn’t easy needing help. But it was amazing to tell my wife “Look at the Goodwill of the American People”.  My girls were very happy and excited. We can’t say enough to express our gratitude. It was probably the best Christmas in many years. We really were blown away by the blessings! God Bless you”

Ready to Get Started?

Don’t forget to review the Holiday Adopt-A-Family FAQ’s Team Angels and/or the FAQ’s for Businesses before registration opens!

Looking for a virtual volunteer opportunity that goes beyond the holiday season? Click the ‘volunteer’ button to see all of our volunteer opportunities! If you a service member or veteran looking to register for one of our services, click Get Support now. If you’re looking to register as a family who receives holiday support, click Register for Holiday Support.