Christmas can be a little brighter for those less fortunate in Sioux Falls, thanks to Sharing Christmas.

Sharing Christmas, (formerly The Holiday Clearing House) was created as a way to centralize distributing holiday assistance to needy families in Sioux Falls.  The program matches needy families at the holidays with a donor family that can help provide gifts, clothes and sometimes even a Christmas meal.

Would you consider bringing joy to a struggling family this holiday season? You can adopt a family to bless this December with the love and compassion of Christ. You’ll ease their financial concerns and put Christmas morning smiles on their faces.

Here’s how it works:

Between October 1 and November 15, families requesting assistance can pick up applications at one of several agencies in Sioux Falls (The Community Outreach, Center of Hope, SD Department of Social Services, Inter-Lakes Community Action, Bright Start, and Veterans Administration).  Applications must be submitted to Center of Hope or The Community Outreach prior to November 16th.  Applications will be qualified, ages and interests of the family will be recorded, and families will be matched with a ‘donor’.

As a donor, you need to know: 1) how much you wish to spend on gifts; 2) if you wish to meet your matched family or not.

Sharing Christmas will match the family(s) with you, the donor, and provide you with a written summary of the list of needs/gift requests of the family you are matched with.  You will purchase gifts, gift cards, groceries, etc. for your adopted family.  For ‘closed’ adoptions, gifts will be dropped off at the Boy Scout warehouse at 800 N West Ave and picked up later by the applicant.  In an ‘open’ adoption the donor will deliver the gifts directly to the family.

For more information, please call or check out Center of Hope  Phone: 605- 334-9789   or  The Community Outreach  Phone: 605-331-3935

Thank you for taking this opportunity to show the love of Christ in action by adopting a family in need!

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5 Responses to "Sharing Christmas"

  • Dawn Esselink says:

    Hello. My husband and I are youth leaders in our church in Leota MN. Each Christmas, we as a group try to do something for a charity of some kind. Last year we went and brought gifts to the Castle in Sioux Falls. When I saw this, that we could adopt a family….I was EXCITED! Our group consists of two other couples as leaders, and 15 kids, freshmen-senoirs in high school. We would love to hear more, and adopt a family that we could get to meet and know!
    Please consider us for this!

  • Kisha Turner says:


    I have five kids and was looking for help. I was laid off in September and im looking for work. This will be my first time asking for help for Christmas. I just don’t want to disappoint my kids this year. Im not sure if this site does that but if you know who I should call in sioux falls please let me no.
    thank you!

    1. lbanik says:

      Hi Kisha!

      Thanks for asking, here’s the link that will take you to page! It has all the info you need to know to get signed up!

  • Nancy Peterson says:

    Hi, I’m a grandma raising my 10 yr. old grandson on my own now…I am disabled due to inflammatory osteoarthritis and SDDD of the spine.. We live on a very small income which is consumed by our rent & monthly bills I’m afraid…He only has me to count on as Santa…His parents abandoned him 6 years ago…Please help me let this good little boy have a good Christmas…Thank You for your consideration in this..

    1. lbanik says:

      HI Nancy! You should connect with these organizations for more information: call or check out the website of Center of Hope Phone: 605- 334-9789 or The Community Outreach Phone: 605-331-3935

      Hope that helps!

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