The Story of Adopt-A-Family

Where it all Began

It all started 20 years ago, when a small group of folks at a local church decided to help families provide Christmas presents for their kids. Their heart was to help meet the financial needs of families at a vulnerable time of year, while connecting them to a larger community base for future help.

Not much has changed in 20 years, the heart of Adopt-A-Family still beats the same; helping families through difficult times and connecting them to deeper relationships and resources.  We now help 1500 families across northern Colorado at Christmas, and thousands more year-round as they navigate financial crises. Our goal is to empower families and help them achieve self-sustainability through the everyday ministries of SERVE 6.8.

How Adopt-A-Family Works

It’s simple really. You grab a gift ornament from the Giving Tree and bring a new toy or gift card back to the tree. Make sure the ornament is loosely attached, and our dedicated tree volunteers will bring all these precious toys to the large toy room at the SERVE 6.8 Resource Center. From there, we have an army of volunteers who individually pack each family’s gifts from the toy room, working from a wish list directly from our families. Families pick up their bags from churches all over the area and are invited to continue receiving care and relationship from local churches and SERVE 6.8.

What Kind of Ornament Should I choose?

It depends on how you would like to help the family you will be supporting. Many families enjoy grabbing ornaments for children of similar ages as their children. Every family we help gets a $50 grocery gift card, so you may be passionate about helping families have a Christmas Dinner together. Or, you may not have the time to shop for a toy, but you can help financially sponsor a family’s Christmas experience. Whatever ornament you choose; just know you will be helping make Christmas possible for 1500 families in Northern Colorado.

How Do I Connect with Adopt-A-Family and SERVE 6.8?

See opportunities below to get involved with Adopt-A-Family. BY hosting a Giving Tree in your business, sponsoring a family, or joining the team you will be directing helping families this Christmas season and year round.

SERVE 6.8 Team

Serve with Adopt-A-Family today!

Financial or Toy donations allow us to meet tangible needs of families through our Toy Room.

Get your business involved with Adopt-A-Family today!

Financially sponsor a family's Christmas gifts or provide gifts directly to a family.

SERVE 6.8 partners with churches to meet tangible needs of families while guiding them to financial sustainability and church connection. The Adopt-A-Family ministry meets tangible needs of families at Christmastime while connecting families to year-round ministries of SERVE 6.8 & its partner churches.

Families referred into the ministry are connected with a regional Christmas Family Festival or directly with an individual, family, or church.

To find out more about Adopt-A-Family, email us at or call 970-449-5402