Adopt A Family Holiday Project

For the past 25 years, hundreds of Saint Louis County Government employees in dozens of different departments and divisions have taken the lead to provide food, clothing, toys, household items, help with rent and utilities for over 3,700 needy county families during the Holidays.

Each year, county employees are joined by businesses, faith-based groups and private citizens to make this worthwhile effort a success.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) provides the staff support to coordinate the project. A catalog of families and their needs is compiled and maintained by DHS.

Adopt a Family Catalog 2018

Adopt A Family Info Sheet 2018

How You Can Help:
  1. Adopt a Family or Families Individually, or with your family, friends, co-workers, club, church group, civic organization, you can make the difference for struggling county families.
  2. Any Donation,  no matter how large or small, is needed and appreciated, Especially canned goods, grocery store certificates, discount store certificates, cash
  3. Spread the Word Help us get the word out about the project.
  4. Help us identify donors.
Contact:  Susan Schafers, [email protected], 615-4558
How to Adopt a Family


  1. Peruse the catalog, select the family or families you wish to adopt and contact Susan Schafer at [email protected] or 314-615-4558 to confirm availabity.
  2. AFTER CONFIRMATION purchase new items the family has requested from their “wish list”. Only large items like furniture and appliances may be gently used (check with Susan).
  3. If you would like to deliver the gifts yourself, we will provide telephone numbers/addresses so you can contact the families and arrange delivery before December 22th.
  4. If you prefer that we arrange delivery, please wrap, clearly mark and tag gifts with recipient name and family number and deliver to us at 9059 Watson Road, 63126 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on Monday, December 13th or 8:00 am - 1:00pm on Tuesday, December 14.