200 Families “Adopted” for the Holidays


Thank you to all the families who “adopted” a local family as part of our gift drive. FSW’s annual Adopt a Family gift drive makes the holidays brighter for Westchester families who are unable to buy essentials and gifts this holiday season. The holidays can be an extremely difficult time of year for families and children who have been struggling, and this drive provides families in need with the holiday of their dreams.

How it Works

Our mental health clinicians, social workers, teachers and staff nominate families and submit their applications for a holiday “adoption.” We have witnessed families break into tears of joy and disbelief when they have been chosen.

Volunteers will be matched with an anonymous “adoptee” family from Westchester County. We provide some basic information about them along with their holiday wish list of items. Volunteers can shop for what they choose, and deliver the (preferably wrapped) gifts to FSW by the designated date/place.

Our program staff personally delivers the items to each family at locations all over Westchester County. For our staff, it is an amazing experience to be a part of, and a meaningful way to enjoy the season.

All of our families have been matched for 2022. If you have any questions please contact Shar Akter Barrow Sharmine.Akter@fsw.org.