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Give Back and Adopt a Family in Des Moines This Holiday Season

With the holidays adding to already-full schedules, it’s all too easy for the true meaning of the season to get lost in the hustle and bustle of holiday commitments and gift giving. But how does a busy family shift the focus from getting to giving? How can we ensure that our kids experience the true meaning of the holidays? 

Adopting a local family is a great way to fit philanthropic efforts into an already hectic schedule. Adopt A Family is a holiday giving program designed to help families, that are struggling to make ends meet, provide Christmas gifts to their children.  Programs connect families with local businesses, organizations and individuals who “adopt” them and provide Christmas gifts that they would not otherwise receive.

Here are a few organizations in Des Moines where your family can make a difference this holiday season, all while embracing the true spirit of the holidays.

Boys & Girls Club Embrace-A-Family

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa needs your help in making this season extra special for their Club kids. They are matching Boys & Girls Club members with generous community donors like you to provide a jolly holiday. This can be a great giving opportunity for groups, families, work colleagues, and friends.
Contact Information:
Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa
1421 Walker St., Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 262-5695

Cops 4 Kids

In December, children within the Southeast Polk Community School District and Pleasant Hill elementary will have the opportunity to shop with a uniformed police officer for Christmas gifts. The Pleasant Hill Police Department is accepting donations to assist with this program.
Contact Information:
Pleasant Hill Police Department
5151 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA
(515) 265-1444

Mentor Iowa Holiday Party

Mentor Iowa’s annual holiday party typically takes place in early December. They are in need of adopt-a-family sponsors, gift donors, wrapping party volunteers and party volunteers.
Contact Information:
Mentor Iowa
3900 Ingersoll Avenue, Suite 102; Des Moines, Iowa  50312
(515) 277-9797

Orchard Place Holiday Gift Drive

Without the Orchard Place Holiday Gift Drive, more than 600 children served by Orchard Place might not receive a gift during this season. Often children’s lists are a mix of badly needed new clothes and one ‘must have’ toy or recreational item.  Supporters can adopt a child or a giving tree for their business, supporting a set number of children.  Cash donations are also welcome and will help to purchase gifts for the children.
Contact Information:
Orchard Place
2116 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312
(515) 246-3514

UCAN Adopt A Family Program

Urbandale Community Action Network’s Adopt A Family Program pairs up Urbandale families in need with individuals or groups who want to help a family in need and to spread holiday joy. They are currently seeking volunteers to donate gifts and assist in their “holiday store”.
Contact Information:
Urbandale Community Action Network
4103 72nd Street; P.O. Box 7615; Urbandale, IA 50323
(515) 278-3936

WACS Blessing Tree

Waukee Area Christian Services sponsors a Blessing Tree and you can adopt-a-family that has a special Christmas need or wish. They compile a list of families in need and match them up with donors. They also need help sorting donations, assembling meal boxes, and distributing gifts.
Contact Information:
Waukee Area Christian Services – Westview Church (lower level)
1155 SE Boone Drive, Waukee, IA 50263
(515) 987-5523

WDHS Adopt A Family

West Des Moines Human Services offers a number of holiday giving opportunities, including an Adopt-A-Family program. They collect gifts for West Des Moines kids that can be delivered directly to the family, or you can deliver your gifts to the West Des Moines Human Services office and they will distribute them.
Contact Information:
West Des Moines Human Services
139 6th Street, West Des Moines, IA  50265
(515) 222-3660


Know of an Adopt A Family Program in the Des Moines area that we missed?  Let us know about it in the Comments below.

  1. Hi my name is Angela and I am also homeless as well as a single mother. Myself and my children are staying in an extended stay. My six yr old son Joshua has a life threatening Genetic disease (cystic fibrosis) and has been hospitalized 23 times. He was just recently discharged from Blank children’s hospital on Thanksgiving day. While I do work it is hard to keep us afloat as I am always having to take off to care for him. In early March we left our low income apartment due to roaches, bed bugs and mice that would eat away at my son’s tubing for his feeding as he has a g- tube. I took my chances and moved in with my 19 year old daughter until she lost her place. We spent from may – june in motels then in June we were placed into a shelter and with no help had to leave there only to live in my car for almost a month where every day I would go to a campground, fast food restaurant or hospital to wash up and do my son’s cares and had to do this a couple of times a day as he takes around 13 medications, requires two nebulizer treatments and vest therapy twice a day. When he is sick it is then four times a day. There is not one day that my son went without because his life depends on it and EVERYTHING done for him is paramount to his survival! In early August I was able to secure an apartment but within a couple of months my son became ill and was back in the hospital and his lung function lowering. With my pushing the doctor’s referred someone to come to my home only to find a huge dust build up with no ventilation in our basement apartment. For my son’s sake we had to move immediately which is why we are where we are now. With my son being in the hospital this last time I missed all sign ups for toys for tots and without any help there will be no Christmas this year. My son and four year old daughter as well as my 10 year old daughter are looking quite forward to Christmas and opening presents but as of right now there are no presents to open and give. Please if you can find it in your heart to help that would be amazing! My phone number is 515-528-3939.

  2. Shawna Christensen December 13, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Hello, my name is Shawna and I’m homeless staying in my truck on West side of DSM. I’m wondering if someone could help me with a small gift or long underwear socks bras I really need. It’d be a blessing merry Christmas.thanku

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