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Holiday Adoption Program

 2013~ Allen Community Outreach’s Christmas Adoption Program ~2013

Thank you to those that have already adopted a child for Christmas Gifts. At this time, we have a waiting list for those wanting to adopt.  To have your name added to the wait list, please email Debbie at debbie@acocares.org. Even if you are not able to adopt a child, we are accepting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards through December 13 at all Allen Fire Stations and the ACO Office to be distributed for Christmas~


Please do not request early assignments, as we must wait for the families needing assistance to sign up first before we can match them with donors. We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Each year, ACO asks the community to “adopt” a child, teen, or senior for Christmas.  You, the Donor/Adopter, will be given the person’s wish list with clothing sizes and much needed items.  As the donor you are asked to make their holiday a little happier by purchasing new clothes, and needs AND maybe a special item from their wish list. In consideration of everyone’s budget, we are asking that the total purchase price should not exceed $100.00.

All items must be new and unwrapped. Throughout the year we provide families with vouchers to receive free gently-used items at ACO’s Resale Shop. Christmas may be the only time during the year they may receive clothing, shoes, and coats that are brand-new!

In addition to your purchases our *volunteer elves with add to your gift bag some toys and gifts donated by our community. The ACO TOYS FOR OUR TOTS Drive will run from November 23- December 14. New, unwrapped toys and gifts may be dropped off at all Allen Fire Stations and ACO, located at 801 E. Main St in Allen. We will add the age-appropriate toys to the gift bags that you return.

*PLEASE NOTE, this is new to the program. We have many wonderful toys donated that we can add to your bag and fulfill wish lists with games, toys, dolls, trucks and such for younger kids. If you have a specific request on a wish list and would like to make that purchase we appreciate it. Let us add the Barbies, puzzles and books, action figures, etc.

So, there’s 2 ways you can help! 

1. Adopt a child, teen or senior (you can request the age and gender you’d prefer and we’ll do our best to match) and make sure they have warm clothes, shoes, bedding and other necessities this Christmas. 

2. Or purchase a new unwrapped toy, age-appropriate teen gift, or special treat for a senior. Stocking stuffers are also needed for teens and seniors- such as gift cards, make-up, cologne, cookie tins, blankets, gloves and hats- and wrapping paper and tape! New bikes and helmets for all ages are also needed.

Can you imagine the sadness and despair felt by many families during the holidays when they are facing layoffs, cut-off notices on their utilities, eviction notices or no food in their pantry?  Shopping for Christmas gifts may be the last thing on their mind.  The number of families facing financial crisis in our community is still rising.  Last year more than 500 individuals were helped through Allen Community Outreach’s Christmas Adoption Program.

With your participation as a donor or adopter, your donations of new toys, gift cards or cash donation, you can make this very special time of year a lasting memory for someone who otherwise would not experience the joy of the holiday season. 

 You may sign up online at www.acocares.org. After we receive your information, you will be matched with a recipient and contacted to pick up your packet AFTER NOV 11th.  The earlier you return your donor form, the earlier you will receive your information and can begin shopping! You will be called as soon as your packet has been assigned. Packets will not be distributed before Nov. 11, 2013.

After shopping, please drop off all gifts in the bags provided in your packet with the identifying sticker attached .

Please do NOT  knot bags or leave unattended at church.

YOU MUST Drop off at

First United Methodist Church of Allen, 601 S. Greenville Ave.

on Thu, Dec 12th and Fri, Dec 13th, 9:00am-6:00pm


Please don’t disappoint someone this holiday by not returning your gift bag. If you find that you cannot make your donor commitment, ITS OK, just please just give the ACO office a call so that we can reassign that person.

Involve your family, your civic & church groups, or your co-workers and share a sense of peace and joy this Christmas by sharing with someone who needs your help.  Please contact either Marjorie or Debbie if you have questions by calling 972-727-9131 or email  Marjorie@acocares.org or Debbie@acocares.org.  Thank you.


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