St. Louis County Adopt A Family Holiday Project

Attention:  Due to your amazing generosity, all of the families have been adopted for 2019!  Thank you and please check back with us in 2020 to assist families in need!

For 26 years, hundreds of St. Louis County employees in multiple 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 provides the staff support to coordinate the project. A catalog of families and their needs is compiled and maintained by us.

How You Can Help
  • Our catalog offers a description for the current situation for each family.  To get specific information contact Susan Schafers at [email protected]  Once we receive your information we will send a copy of the catalog by email to you.     
  • You can adopt one family or multiple families.  Partner up with your family, your friends, co-workers, a club you belong to, your church group, or a civic organization to make a difference for a struggling County family.
  • Any donation, no matter how large or small, is needed and appreciated.  Especially canned goods, grocery store certificates, discount store certificates, or cash.
  • Spread the Word! Help us get the word out about the Adopt-A-Family Project.
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Contact: Susan Schafers

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 314-615-4558

Attention: All of the families have been adopted for 2019.  Thank you!  

How to Adopt a Family


  1. Review our catalog, select the family or families you wish to adopt, and contact Susan Schafers by email at [email protected] or 314-615-4558 to confirm availabity.
  2. After we speak with you, then you can provide items that 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 23rd.
  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 500 Northwest Plaza Drive., St. Ann, MO., between December 16th - December 17th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.