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 either by monetary or item-based donations. A sponsor chooses what family size they would like to sponsor.  If they choose to purchase the items for the family, we then provide them with the names, ages, and clothing sizes of the family members that we receive from the Salvation Army.  This will enable them to purchase food and gift items for that family's holiday season, that they will then drop off at Madison House for distribution.  If they choose to be a monetary sponsor (by cash, check, or credit/debit), then our volunteers will collect the necessary items for the food and gift package.  In both situations, your donation provides for an entire family for the holidays! 


  • 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


Sponsor Recognition

Below is information for Sponsorship Recognition. Sign up early to be included in our rewards program. The final deadline to be included in our recognition program is November 4, 2016.

When is the deadline to sign up?

The last day to sign up to become a sponsor is November 18, 2016.  Our recognition program will be available to anyone who signs up by November 4, 2016.

If you would like to sponsor a family, we have two ways that you can contact us to sign up:
Fill in our online form or email us at holidaysharing@madisonhouse.org.


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: November 28th, 29th, and 30th between 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Madison House is located at 170 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Please note that we have a small parking lot adjacent to the building.

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.