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Adopt-A-Child for Back-to-School 2023

Adopt-a-Child for Back-to-School ...

a great way to help families prepare for the upcoming school year!

Haven House started the Adopt-a-Child for Back-to-School program 20+ years ago to provide for school-age children who leave our
shelter with new clothes for the start of the school year. Donors can select a child from the list below. Each child’s wish list is linked to their name, so you can download their list to your device right away! Each form will list their age, grade, gender, clothing sizes and preferences, and name if their parent gives permission. Donors generally spend at least $150 per child.

How Adopt-a-Child for Back-to-School Works

Once you have selected a child please email the child # to the Community Engagement Director so she can remove them from the wish list and keep track of those still in need. 

Do not begin shopping for your child until you receive an email response in case the child you have selected was adopted and the list is in the process of being updated. 

Please be sure all clothing items are new with tags and the name of the child is attached to each item and/or the bags you place them in. When you are finished shopping, please call or email to schedule a drop-off during regular business hours.

We hope you’ll join us in Adopt-a-Child for Back-to-School 2023 in helping each child prepare for a bright school year!

Wish List

Children will continue to be added throughout the summer so continue to check back for updates!

The drop-off window for Adopt-a-Child goes until Wednesday, August 23. 

If you would like to participate and have any questions, please email our Community Engagement Director, Chequoya Thomas, or call her at (517) 348-0691. 

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