Family Sponsorship Program
The Family Sponsorship Program matches community sponsors with Ramsey County families in need. This is a little different than other holiday giving opportunities because it is not simply a cash donation program. Sponsors get the opportunity to personally shop and wrap gifts for their matched family.
The Family Sponsorship Program serves families who are receiving Ramsey County social services and are identified by social workers as needing extra help with food and gifts during the holiday season. Children in these families have often experienced varying degrees of abuse or neglect, and have developmental or other disabilities. Some families are refugees, while others are single parents or grandparents just getting by to provide necessities for the children in their care.
Who can be a sponsor?
Sponsors can be a single individual, a family group, a work group, a school group, a church group, or members of a club, service or civic organization.
What does a sponsorship look like?
Sponsors make a commitment to provide a family with at least:
- One clothing item per child.
- One toy item per child.
- One parent gift.
- One grocery gift certificate.
Gifts should be wrapped and labeled for specific family members. Sponsors are provided information about their family, such as the ages of children, clothing sizes and gift suggestions.
A budget of $30 to $50 per family member is recommended, plus an additional $15 per person for food for a holiday meal. For a family of four, a sponsorship would total to about $180-$260. The cost of your sponsorship is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donation receipts for tax purposes are provided upon request.