Hope For the Holidays


CAP Agency’s Hope for the Holidays assists families to experience the joy of the holidays by providing children and families with new gifts. With household budgets being stretched thin by necessities, these gifts ease the burden on parents. We envision a joy filled holiday for all families.

This year, CAP will also be offering it’s “Adopt-a-Senior” program as part of Hope for the Holidays!  This program will help senior citizens by providing them with household goods and small gifts to help them to stretch their fixed incomes and let them know they are not alone this holiday season.


Through our adopt-a-family program, families submit their wish lists to CAP Agency and donors adopt the families by purchasing items from their wish lists.

Donor Sign-Up: https://www.capagency.org/adopt-a-familysignup/

Client Families


Am I eligible?

Be a resident of Scott, Carver, or Dakota county, have received CAP Agency services within the last year, and have children up to the age of 18.

How do I apply?
You must apply in person, sign-up takes place in early fall.

General sign ups will begin September 10th and end October 26th.  If you are working directly with one of our staff, you will also be able to sign up through them this year.
Location: CAP Agency offices
Customer Service

Please be aware that there may be wait times and delays as we will be serving many families.

How do I adopt a family?
Simply go to https://www.capagency.org/adopt-a-familysignup/ and choose the family size you wish to adopt. Wish lists from families will not be sent out until after November 14th.

Sponsors (individuals, families, civic groups, churches, schools, and companies, etc.) support a family for the holidays. Sponsors provide $50 in gifts for each individual. Once signed up, sponsors receive the first name, age, gender and a wish list of gift ideas under $50.

You must sponsor at least two individuals (one adult and one child.) A family consists of the children and the parent, each receiving gifts. Sponsoring parents is not optional, so please include that in your decision on how many individuals to sponsor. Your financial commitment is approximately $50.00 per individual.


To “Adopt-a-Senior,”  go to https://www.capagency.org/adopt-a-seniorsignup.  We are asking that our donors put together a gift bag/basket (no larger than a grocery bag) containing the following items:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Tissues/Kleenex
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Coffee mug
  • Package of coffee

You may include a note for your adopted senior as well wishing them a good holiday!

These gift bags/baskets can be dropped off at either the Shakopee or Rosemount CAP office between November 26th and December 18th. 

If you are interested in volunteering to help deliver these gift baskets to seniors, please email jlara@capagency.org.


If you are unable to participate in adopt-a-family, you may participate in Toy Distribution.

Toy Donor Sign-Up: https://www.capagency.org/toydistributionsignup

Client Families


Am I eligible?

Be a resident of Scott, Carver, or Dakota county, have children ages newborn- 18, and have received CAP Agency services within the last year.

How do I apply?

Families sign up with Client Services or their direct staff person and are given a date, time and location to pick up their gifts for the holidays.

Please note: If you have signed-up for Adopt-a-Family you may not sign-up for Toy Distribution.

Toy distribution sign up will begin October 26th.

Please be aware that there may be wait times and delays as we will be serving many families.

Toy Donations

Schools, businesses, organizations and individuals can host toy drives and deliver collected toys to the CAP Agency.

If you are interested in donating for Hope for the Holidays, please donate new toys and gift cards. Gifts should be for ages: New born to 18 years old. All toys must be new.  Gift cards may be of any value. Families unable to participate in adopt-a-family are encouraged to participate in Toy Distribution. If you are interested in this program go to https://www.capagency.org/toydistributionsignup. Please donate toys or gift cards by December 10, 2018.

Interested in Volunteering?

Below are the dates and times available to volunteer.  You may sign up for a whole day or part of a day.  To sign up, email jbaker@capagency.org.  Spots are limited!
Organize Adopt-a-Family Gifts
December 6 and 7
Distribute Adopt-a-Family Gifts
December 8
Distribute toys
December 11, 12, and 13

If you have any questions, please call the Holiday Projects hotline at 952-402-9871 or email jbaker@capagency.org

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