Each year the Knox County Homeless Coalition holds its Adopt-A-Family program, giving community members an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts for families in the Midcoast region. All are invited to participate in the sixth annual Adopt-A-Family program this year — with a few modifications as we do our best to comply with current CDC recommendations for public safety during COVID-19. The Coalition client care team is helping more people than ever before — more than 600 individuals, half of whom are children. the Knox County Homeless Coalition invites the public to bring hope, joy, love, and peace to families who need it most this holiday season.
There are two ways to help:

To adopt a family, order from the online Amazon.com Wishlist at amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2B8Z98S70C5OD) and have the items shipped directly to KCHC where Coalition “elves” will wrap and deliver the gifts, limiting the number of potential interactions.

To help with locally sourced gifts, or just have the elves do the shopping, donations are welcome. The team will purchase gift certificates for special local experiences or items, such as a family night at the movies, dinner at a local restaurant, haircuts etc. To make a monetary donation, go to homehelphope.org/donate-now and choose “Adopt-A-Family” from the drop-down menu.

Chief Executive Elf Lynn, who has organized the program for the last three years said, “We always start out in September wondering how we’re going to pull off so many Christmas miracles but somehow every year it all comes together just in the nick of time! We really do have a very caring community.”

Due to shipping delays, people are asked to order or donate before Nov. 29 so that gifts can be received in time for the holidays.

Anyone looking for more information about the program can visit: homehelphope.org/news/adopt-a-family-2021 to find out more.

Further questions can be directed to adoptafamily@homehelphope.org.