Sponsor a Family Guidelines


Please Note: Sponsors deliver food and gifts for the families to the school social worker in order to protect the families' and sponsors' privacy.
  • Deadlines to Sponsor Families: Sponsor a Family option is Closed for this season.
  • Sponsor-a-Family Delivery Dates: Deliver By Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 16 for December Meals and Gifts.
General Guidelines for Spending on Meals:
  • Singles: $25
  • Family of 2-3: $50
  • Family of 4-6: $75
  • Family of 7 or more: $100
Food Basket Suggestions
(Families Also Welcome Grocery Store Gift Cards)
  • A sturdy basket/box such as a plastic crate, laundry basket, storage container, or heavy duty cardboard box
  • A grocery store gift card to purchase the main course
  • Celery, onions, potatoes (white/sweet)
  • Apples, oranges, or other hardy fruit
  • Rolls or bread mix
  • Stuffing- box/bag
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Gravy
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Pie mix and filling, crackers, cookies
  • Baby food if there are babies in the family
  • Any other goodies you think children might enjoy, such as macaroni and cheese
  • Apple juice or other fruit juices
  • Shelf-stable milk
Gift Suggestions (for Children 18 and Under)
  • For children: an educational item (e.g., a book, puzzle), a fun item, and a warm clothing item.
  • For teenagers: a gift or gift certificate to Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy or local shopping mall.
  • Suggested spending limit: $25-$30 per child.

Questions? Contact Shefali Ryan at sryan@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829.