Donor FAQ

When and where do I drop off the gifts?
Saturday, December 15, 2018 is our deadline to ensure that all participants get ample time to pick up their gifts. Please drop off gifts to the Thornton Community Center located at 2211 Eppinger Blvd. in Thornton, CO 80229. Gifts can be dropped off Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the front desk.
How much should I spend on each family member? How many gifts should each family member receive?
We do not set a minimum or a maximum dollar amount or quantity of gifts. You can spend and give whatever you wish. Many donor groups report spending about $40-$50 per person and most will provide an equal number of gifts to each of the children. Many donors donate within a group to lessen the cost. For example, if a family of 4 is requesting Christmas, 4 friends may come together to adopt that family.
What if I cannot afford to purchase everything on the family's wish list?
The list is a guide to provide ideas. Please do not feel obligated to check everything off of the list. You might consider partnering with your co-workers, church, or neighbors to adopt a family.
If I provide a meal, can I give additional items not on the list?
We very much appreciate your kindness, but unfortunately we ask that you don’t provide extra items. Every item on the list is shelf-stable and we don’t have the space to store additional donations.
Can I provide more than one meal bag?
Yes! Provide as many as you like.
Can I adopt more than one family?
Yes! Adopt as many as you want.
Can I adopt part of a family?
No. It would be really difficult for a family if some members were adopted and others were not. We ask that donors commit to adopting the entire family or that they partner with others (neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc.) to make sure the entire family is adopted.
Do the gifts need to be wrapped?
We prefer that gifts come wrapped.
How do I label the gifts?
The name (or identifier) of the recipient should be included on each gift. All gifts should also be labeled with the family number. If gifts are placed into boxes or bags, the boxes and bags should also be labeled with the family number.
Will the family know I contributed to their Perfect Holiday Gift?
No. Your name and information is kept confidential. Families do receive a coded and postage paid envelope so that they can submit a note of appreciation to our office that we forward to you. Due to the confidentiality of this program, there is no event where donors meet or interact with the family they have adopted.
Will I receive a donation receipt to claim on my taxes?
Yes. During gift drop off you will receive a form to be used for tax purposes. These same forms will also be sent in January.