Seasonal Assistance

CAPTAIN CHS offers a variety of Holiday and Seasonal Assistance Programs, including School Supplies, Coats for CAPTAIN, Thanksgiving Baskets, Adopt-a-Family and Toy Shop.

To qualify for some of these programs, you must receive some form of public assistance, such as SNAP or free or reduced school lunches, or, in certain cases, be referred by a partner organization or school.

Applications for each individual program are offered online. If someone is not able to do an online application, they can do one over the phone or in-person with a staff member or volunteer. All applicants must provide proof of eligibility at time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

At this time, our School Supply, Coats for CAPTAIN, and Thanksgiving Baskets programs are complete for 2023. If you are in need of a winter coat or assistance, contact our Family Assistance program at 518-371-1185.

Please scroll down to review the deadlines and eligibility for our holiday programs.

*If you're in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake or Shenendehowa School Districts, please apply for Adopt-a-Family above.

Program Information

Adopt-a-Family By Dec 8 (Matched by Nov 20) BHBL or Shen families w/children (2-18) w/proof of public assistance & residency Applications closed By Dec 8
Toy Shop Nov 27-Dec 8 Saratoga Co. families w/children (2-18) w/proof of public assistance & residency Online or in-person through Dec 8 Dec 12-14 (Families contacted by Dec 8)
Christmas Baskets N/A Low-income residents in Saratoga County December 15th or until supplies run out Dec 20-21 by last name
Coats for CAPTAIN Program complete for 2023 - - -
School Supplies Program complete for 2023 - - -
Thanksgiving Baskets Program complete for 2023

Note all in-person applications should be made at the Clifton Park Office: 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3, Clifton Park, NY 12065 | 518-371-1185 | Open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Note all donations must be dropped off to the Clifton Park Office during regular business hours.

Program Descriptions

  • Adopt-a-Family

    The Adopt-a-Family program allows donors to shop for a specific family's needs (note the family remains anonymous). The program is available for qualified families in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Shenendehowa School Districts.

  • Coats for CAPTAIN

    CAPTAIN CHS collects new and clean, gently-used coats for children and adults throughout the months of September and October, and distributes coats October 1st through 31st.

  • School Supplies

    During the months of July and August, CAPTAIN CHS collects school supplies for those students in need so that they are better prepared for the classroom and their educations. With their family's help, students can then complete their classroom list. Supplies are distributed to students in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Shenendehowa School Districts.

  • Thanksgiving Baskets

    CAPTAIN CHS proudly continues our tradition of offering Thanksgiving Baskets to those in need in our community. Each basket contains everything needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a gift card for a turkey. Baskets are donated by generous families, scouts, office groups, organizations, and faith-based groups in our community.

  • Toy Shop

    Toy Shop allows qualified Saratoga County families who have not been enrolled in any holiday help program to select a few new toys for their children.