Holidays at The Haven FAQs

What is Adopt-a-Family?

Adopting a family gives you the chance to fulfill the Christmas wish list of an entire family in our Shelter, Quad or Aftercare Program!  You will fill out the Adopt-a-Family registration with your choice of what size family you would like to adopt (Family of 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6).  You will then receive their handwritten “Letter to Santa” wish list to shop from.

Mothers’ wish lists typically include four gift cards to their favorite stores, i.e. Target, Wal-Mart, Schnuck’s, Toys ‘R Us, etc. Visa gift cards are also great for flexibility!  Gift cards give moms the opportunity to buy toys for their children and items for their household. Gift cards should be in increments of $25.  It is our hope that all moms receive $100 total in any combination of stores requested.  Some wish lists may also include fun personal items for the moms such as clothes, shoes or household items.

Children’s wish lists include five gift ideas and personal details such as their favorite character, favorite activities and clothing sizes.

All gifts fulfilling an adopt-a-family wish list should be new items.  If you have gently used items that you would like to donate to The Haven, please see our donations page for guidelines.


Can I Fulfill Wishes Another Way?

Yes!  You can brighten lives by purchasing items for moms, babies, older children, or The Haven as a whole!  Contact Kate at (314)621-6507 or ktichelkamp@havenofgracestl.orgfor access to the wish list that best fits you and/or your group.


When can I drop off my gifts?

Gifts may be dropped off before Friday, December 8 between 8:30AM-4:30PM or by appointment at (314)621-6507.

Please bring gifts to The Haven of Grace at 1225 Warren Street, St. Louis, MO 63106. All gifts should be unwrapped but please include a roll of wrapping paper and tape so the mom can wrap her children’s presents. Please include a gift receipt when possible.


I don’t have time to do the shopping. What can I do?

We appreciate your generosity! Shopping from our Amazon Wish List, purchasing a gift card, or giving a cash, check or credit card donation allows The Haven of Grace to make sure the holidays will be bright for all of our families. Cash donations of $100 or more are eligible for a 50% tax credit from the State of Missouri.


Is my monetary gift eligible for tax credits?

Yes! Donations of $100 or more to The Haven are eligible for a 50% Missouri Maternity Home Tax Credit. Contact the development department at (314)621-6507 for more details.