Sonshine Community Service’s Adopt-a-Family program matches individuals, organizations, and groups to families in need with the goal to provide them with some relief during the Christmas season.The families supported by Adopt-a-Family come from many different walks of life, but all have one thing in common: their circumstances brought them to Sonshine looking for the support and healing they need.

The families supported by the program may be current residential clients of the Sonshine Centre, past residential clients now living in the community and connected with follow-up services, families who live in the community and are supported by our community counselling program, or families with children attending Sonshine Children’s Centre. Each one of them is in need of a helping hand and support this Christmas season.

Sonshine offers two ways to be involved:



(without a tax receipt)

Sonshine will provide you with a wish list filled out by a family. As we have updated our program to comply with Canada Revenue Agency policy, these personal gifts will not be eligible for a tax receipt as Sonshine will act as a simple intermediary between you and the family to protect the family’s privacy and your anonymity.



(with a tax receipt)

Sonshine will provide you with a care package gift list for a single woman or a family with 1, 2, or 3+ children. The gifts purchased from these lists will support one of our families during or after Christmas. These gifts will be eligible for a tax receipt, less GST per CRA rules.



Click here for Adopt-a-Family FAQs, sample care package lists, and more information.


Are you interested in participating in Adopt-a-Family to help a family in need this Christmas season? Contact us at by email at or by phone at 403-705-3490 to sign up or for more information.