UPDATED 12/01/2021:

For families struggling to make ends meet, the holiday season can be an added source of stress and anxiety. When faced with the choice of feeding your family, paying household bills, or putting gifts under the tree, the choice is made for you.

The Adopt-a-Family program at Community Action Agency tries to make the holiday season a little brighter for these families in Jackson, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties. Our staff have identified families within our programs who are working to achieve self-sufficiency, but who also need a little extra help for the holidays. We are asking community members, businesses, churches, and service clubs to “adopt” these families during the holiday season.

We currently have 18 families in Jackson County and 13 families in Hillsdale County who are in need of assistance. Family household sizes range from 1 to 6 people. All Lenawee County families have been matched at this time!

How You Can Help

Adopt a Family

Go to one of the following links at www.roonga.com to view family profiles and select a family to adopt:

The family profiles will tell you the number of people in the household and gift suggestions/requests for each person in the household.

Once you select a family profile to adopt you will be prompted to create an account at roonga.com. There is no fee to create an account and no personal information is collected, other than your name and email address.

Community partners tell us they typically spend $50 – $75 per person, but this is not required. We want you to participate to the extent that you are comfortable and able to do so.

Delivery instructions are provided in the family profile. Gifts are typically delivered to one of our county CAA offices; however, in some cases you may be able to deliver directly to the family if you wish, and if the family agrees to this.

Make a Monetary Donation

If you prefer to make a monetary donation instead – and have CAA staff shop for gifts for the family – you may click on the Donate button at the top of this page. Please select “Adopt-a-Family 2021” for your gift designation. If you would like your donation used in a specific county, you may put that information in the Designation Notes field.


We realize you may receive many requests for assistance from worthwhile organizations this holiday season. If you are unable to help this year, perhaps you would consider sharing this information with those whom you interact – family members, friends, business associates, your place of worship, your personal social media pages, etc.

If you have any questions regarding the CAA Adopt-a-Family program, please contact Steve York at 517-539-8310 or syork@caajlh.org


Wishing you a happy and healthy Holiday Season!