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The Littlest Heroes Annual Adopt A Family

The Littlest Heroes provides emergency financial support for families battling pediatric cancer and other childhood illness. We are the safety net to keep families in their homes, keep the lights on, and keep food on the table.

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Help a family struggling to make ends meet. Be the safety net they need! 

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Start a fundraiser for The Littlest Heroes or sponsor a family.

Our Mission

The Littlest Heroes is here to make sure no child fights alone. 

Our Families

Meet the families you help and read their unique stories.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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The Littlest Heroes’ Adopt a Family program seeks donors to sponsor or “adopt” a family battling childhood cancer and other childhood illnesses by providing gifts and essential items during the holiday season.

If you would like to become a donor, please complete and return the Donor Registration Form below. Providing TLH with a completed Donor Registration Form will help us match donors and families appropriately and ensure we meet as many needs as possible.

All gifts must be given to or picked up by TLH by Monday, December 6th therefore, please return your Donor Registration form as soon as possible.

Once your registration is complete, you will receive your adopted Family’s Profile that provides information regarding the family you are sponsoring along with their sizes and ‘wish list’. This is a list of ideas or items the family needs or is requesting. This list is meant to help you shop. It is neither expected nor required to purchase every item on the Family Profile.

If you would like to make a monetary donation towards gifts for your adopted family, The Littlest Heroes can do the shopping for you or work with the family to shop online from the safety of their home.

Once shopping is complete, please contact us to arrange a drop off at The Littlest Heroes’ office located in Solon. If you are unable to drop the gifts at our office, we can arrange a pick up from you. We ask that all gifts come unwrapped. When possible and appropriate, providing the family with gift receipts is helpful should they need to exchange or return a gift.

After the holidays, if the family has agreed to share pictures with us, they will be provided to you when available by email. We also appreciate any feedback you can provide as a donor.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call (or text) us at 419-376-8100 or email us at volunteer@thelittlestheroes.org with any questions. Thank you greatly for your generosity!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Adopt A Family (AAF) is a seasonal program administered by The Littlest Heroes during the holiday season that matches our pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases families in need with kind donors in the community. Donors are assigned a family to assist based on Donors family size preference. During the holidays Donors purchase new items from the family’s Wish List or gift cards.

If you are interested in being an Adopt A Family donor, complete the AAF Donor Information Form as a PDF or online at thelittlestheroes.org/aaf. The matching process begins in early November but you may send in your applications at any time throughout the year.

In November, we will send you a family profile to review, and you may begin buying gifts for your family once we have confirmed you received your adopted family.

Adopt A Family participants are local families with a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer or other life-threatening diseases. They are referred to the program by social workers at the local hospitals and screened for eligibility through an application process that utilizes our network of partner agencies that specialize in assisting them.

No, the Wish List is a guide to inform donors of the types of items the family needs this holiday season. Donors may purchase the items on the list or any other items they would like for the family. All gifts are at the donor’s discretion. Please provide us with an itemized list of all gifts donated to the family when you drop off the gifts.

The drop-off deadline is Friday, December 10th. We accept donor applications up to three (3) days prior to this date, but please allow yourself time to acquire the Wish List items and deliver items to The Littlest Heroes’ Solon Office. Our goal is to deliver the gifts to families before Christmas, so the earlier we receive them from donors the better.

We are collecting the gifts at our Solon Office located at 32000 Aurora Rd., Solon, Ohio 44139 during normal business hours (9:00am-5:00pm).  Please call or email us to arrange another method if needed.  We are located in the Signum/Energy Focus building.  The glass front doors face Aurora Road.  Once inside, proceed up the few stairs to the right and you will see a glass door.  Ring the doorbell (or call the number on the TLH sign) and let them know you are there to drop off gifts for The Littlest Heroes.  They will let you know where to drop your gifts.  Please make sure your gifts are labeled with your family’s last name so we know where they go.  If possible, please label which member each item is intended for.

The Littlest Heroes’ Solon office is open on weekdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm.  

Yes!  We advise you to ship any donations to our Cleveland office so it does not get lost with the other companies at the Solon office.  Please ship to 3821 W 160th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44111.  Kindly make sure to indicate which family the shipment is intended for.

Yes, all items given through Adopt A Family must be new.

Yes!  If you would like to make a general donation to The Littlest Heroes, we will gratefully accept them for families who do not have a specific donor or come to The Littlest Heroes too late in the season.

Yes, you may make a monetary donation in the name of your adopted family (made out to The Littlest Heroes) through our website or by check mailed to PO 470188, Cleveland, Ohio 44147. 

Gifts are consolidated at The Littlest Heroes office, and we have wonderful volunteers who deliver the gifts to the families or deliver them at the hospital if the family prefers. Families are also able to get their gifts at our holiday party on December 12th at the SouthPark Mall in Strongsville from 9:00am – 11:00am.  As a donor, you are invited to join us and meet your adopted family in person!  Families are also permitted to pick up gifts from our Solon office on December 11th. 

Yes, monetary gifts are accepted through The Littlest Heroes website. You can donate online at www.thelittlestheroes.org or by mailing a check to PO 470188, Cleveland, Ohio 44147.

You may also drop off gift cards and unwrapped gifts at The Littlest Heroes office, which we will use to fulfill Wish Lists for families who are not paired up with donors. Most families are seeking very basic needs, such as clothing (gloves, hats, coats, socks, etc.), household items (towels, sheets, cleaning supplies, etc.), and toys for young children.

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The Littlest Heroes is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to funding the financial, emotional, and social needs that accompany childhood cancer. 

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