The application window for the 2021 Family Sharing Program is closed.
Please check back in October 2022 for information on participating in this program in 2022.

We are so thankful that the Family Sharing Program (FSP) is returning for the 2021 holidays with minor changes to ensure that both clients and donors have a safe experience in the time of the continuing pandemic.

As simple as picking out special gifts for a child whose family faces financial difficulty or delivering food to a family in need, you can make a difference to someone this season.

The Family Sharing Program provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals, families, businesses and groups to provide personalized holiday food and gifts to low-income families. You select the size of the family you wish to assist. You are welcome to adopt more than one family to spread the holiday spirit.

As a Family Sponsor, we will match you with a family or families who are in need of assistance this year. You contact them to find out specific needs and/or gift wishes and to arrange a delivery time. You then deliver the food, grocery store gift cards, and gifts. Gifts are for children 17 and younger, and may be optionally given to older household members. Our expectations for FSP are that donors spend $60-80 per child for gift/s and $30-40 per family member for food. Family sizes range from 2 to more than eight with donors choosing the size of family that they would like to help.

Important Note: This year, for the health of everyone, donors and clients are required to have deliveries outside wearing masks and we are encouraging full vaccinations for all.

Holiday assistance for Seniors will be different since so many of the seniors that are often drawn to the Senior part of the Family Sharing Program are at greater risk for health challenges and/or often live alone in independent or assisted living housing. Samaritan House and other volunteers will be providing seniors with grocery deliveries and a small gift for the holidays.