Be a Sponsor


Click here to sign up as a Sponsor!


What does it mean to be a sponsor?

A sponsor is an individual, group, or organization that signs up to provide holiday gifts for an entire family. A sponsor chooses what family size they would like to sponsor. We then provide them with the names, ages, and clothing sizes of the family members that we receive from the Salvation Army. Sponsors are responsible for providing non-perishable food items, a gift certificate for perishable items from a local grocery store, and gifts for each member of the family. They then bring the packages to us at Madison House for us to distribute to their family in late November.


How much does it cost to sponsor a family?

New this year: As a thank you to our sponsors, we will be providing the following recognition levels should you choose to participate in our recognition program.


What sponsors can expect from us:

All sponsors will receive a letter before Thanksgiving with the following information:

  • Their family's names and ages
  • A suggested food and gift list
  • An inventory sheet
  • The package requirements and assembly information and a due date for delivery to Madison House

    When is the deadline to sign up?

    The last day to sign up to become a sponsor is November 14, 2014.

    If you decide that you would like to sponsor a family, we have 2 ways that you can contact us to sign up:
    Fill in our on-line form or email us at

    Also, if you have any questions related to Holiday Sharing, please feel free to email us at!


    Frequently Asked Questions from Sponsors

    Can I donate items to the family that are gently used?

    The items donated to the family should be new; however, if there are other items that you would like to donate to your family, please bring them into Madison House in a separate bag or box.

    Will extra food or gifts for our family be given to other families with less food/gifts?

    Absolutely not! The package you create for your family will go directly to your family. No extra food or gifts will be removed.

    Where do we bring our packages, and when?

    Please bring them directly to Madison House, where volunteers will assist you in bringing them in, along with collecting the inventory sheet and gift card, during the following days: December 1-3, 2014. Madison House is located at 170 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

    What grocery stores are we supposed to get gift cards from?

    You may get a gift card from any grocery store you want, however, we recommend Food Lion or Kroger because the food is cheaper and your family will get the most from their gift card.

    We did not know what to get for the adults so we just put a gift card, is that okay?

    Yes, gift cards are okay for adults.


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