Holiday Adopt a Family

The Batavia United Way works with the Batavia School District to identify families who need financial help getting through the holidays. In 2016 the District identified 98 families who needed assistance.

The program matches families in need with supportive businesses and community members who purchase holiday gifts for their “adoptive” families from a wish list. To adopt a family, contact To donate, checks can be made out to the Batavia United Way, or gift card contributions to Batavia United Way, P.O. Box 372, Batavia, IL 60510. Donations can also be made online. Any donations specified for the Adopt A Family program are used only for this project.


Batavia United Way Adopt A Family Wish list – How you can help without adopting an entire family!

  • $10 gift cards for quick meals for students near Batavia High School
  • For example: Chick Fil A, Salsa Verde, Wendy’s, Jimmy John’s, Portillo’s
  • Gas Cards for students and families
  • Restaurant Gift Cards for a holiday family outing–for example : Chili’s, TGIFridays, Pal Joey’s,
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden are usually requested by kids.
  • Pajamas for middle school and high school students
  • Socks – all ages and sizes.
  • Gift cards to stores that exclusively sell shoes: Famous Footwear, DSW etc.
  • Make up kits for teen girls
  • Body wash for boys

Batavia Lion’s Club is hosting an “Underwear Party “ at Bar Evolution on November 14th from 6-8.
Click this link for details:

Batavia Womens’ Club is organizing age/gender appropriate stockings for all adopted kids.
If you would like the list of “ingredients” and to complete a stocking or two for this project, send an email to and we will connect you.

Chip In Batavia is hosting : Adopt A Bag
This is a bag of items that all of us need but do not want to spend money on! Bags have identical ingredients although they may vary by brand, which is perfectly fine! Following is the list of ingredients:

“Adopt A Bag”
One BROWN GROCERY BAG (they stand up and pack better) to include:
1 med. Laundry detergent
4 pack toilet paper
1 Box Kleenex
4 pack of bar soap
1 full size shampoo
Again, please use a brown paper bag, not plastic.

DROP OFF – These Adopt A Bags can be dropped off at Louise White Elementary School during regular school hours DECEMBER 4th – 8th. Please do not bring them prior to that date as the staff is extremely busy . Thank you

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