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Gifts for a teenage boy contributed by ALT Games

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Adults, wrapping paper and coats

While Adopt-A-Student's main focus is on the individual children, we have had many contributors ask about donating items to the parents as well.  That is totally doable! 

If requested, we will ask the shelter for information on what the parent(s) of  your "adopted" child might like to receive. Small things such as personal care items, gloves and scarves are always welcome, as are items such as linens, towels and kitchen items. None of the parents expect to be considered, so including a small gift or two would be a wonderful surprise. 

The shelters require that the gifts for the children be unwrapped, so including some wrapping paper, tape and bows with your contribution is always a great idea!

Many contributors have asked about donating new and gently used outerwear items such as coats and hats. We are pleased to say that starting in 2014 Adopt-A-Student has the means to get those items to the people in Hampton Roads who need them most. Please contact us at 757-499-9221 for information.

how it works

Rushing down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what is waiting under the tree is truly one of the joys of childhood. Unfortunately it is a joy that so many children in this area will not experience. Imagine waking to no gifts on Christmas morning.​

Like our school supply program, the Adopt-A-Student Christmas program focuses on individual children from homeless shelters and housing programs in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

The shelters provide us with a list of their children including ID number, age, gender, clothing size and a wish list of items they would like for Christmas. 

When you "adopt" a child for Christmas you are provided with all of the above information and then it's time to go shopping! The Christmas program offers a little more flexibility than the supply program - what you purchase is up to you. You are not obligated to every item on the wish list, nor are you restricted to it. You may have a great idea for a gift that is not included on the list! Most of our donors seem to do a mix of clothing and gifts, and many cover every item on the child's list. What you contribute will most likely be the only gifts that child has to open Christmas morning.

Once you have finished shopping, pack all of the new, unwrapped items together in a bag or box, mark with the ID number and deliver to the designated shelter office.

christmas program

the 2015 christmas program is up and running - call us today to help a homeless child have a merry christmas!