The Town Club’s Annual Adopt-A-Family program is our way of spreading holiday joy to needy children and families

Movie of 2016 Adopt-A-Family Gift Delivery at St. Clare’s Hospital

For over 20 years, Town Club members and Mountain Lakes’ residents have volunteered their time and efforts to provide a present-filled holiday to needy families in Dover through a partnership with Saint Clare’s Hospital Outreach program.

Up to 40 families each year participate in the program. Town Club members volunteer to ‘Adopt-A-Family’, by shopping for items from a family’s wish list. Gifts can be as basic as a big box of diapers, as utilitarian as a gift card to a grocery or ‘big box’ store, or as special as a longed-for toy for a youngster.






The Adopt-A-Family program couldn’t run without the help of our generous volunteers:

  • Volunteers may ‘adopt’ an individual or an entire family. As the holidays approach, volunteers will be assigned a person or family to buy for, along with a wish list of items, sizing info, etc, for that person[s].
  • Volunteers drop off their gifts here in Mountain Lakes the week of December 5th. A Cookie Gifting and Exchange program is planned for the morning of December 8th and designed to coincide with gift drop off.
  • Volunteers transport the (many!!) gifts to Dover Hospital, and hosts a casual gathering there, during which the presents are distributed. Spanish speakers are especially needed.
  • If you’d like to help, but hate to shop, gift cards and monetary donations are always welcome!


A big thank you to our generous volunteers for making the 2016 Adopt-A-Family program a huge success.

For questions and to volunteer for the 2017 Adopt-A-Family program, please contact Ginny and Lorena at