help spread joy this holiday season


Thank you for your generosity in supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence during this winter holiday season!

At The Julian Center, we strive to offer balanced services across all of the individuals and families that we serve. This is especially important during the holiday season, when living in a shelter or trying to rebuild your life after a traumatic experience can be especially taxing on survivors. To that end, we have developed the donor guidelines below to ensure that all of our survivors and their children receive gifts in a fair and equitable fashion.

How to Participate

  • To be matched with a family this holiday season, please fill out the Adopt-a-Family form below. Please be sure to read the guidelines to ensure you can meet the requirements.
  • If you are not matched with a family or would like to make a cash donation instead, please use the donation form below. All donations through our holiday campaign will provide gifts to unmatched families.

We appreciate you! For questions, please contact or 317.941.2219.


All of our families have been matched for this holiday season. Please consider making a cash donation using the form below or donating the items below for single survivors:

  • Leggings (all sizes)
  • Pajamas (all sizes)
  • Robes (all sizes)
  • Bath and Body works lotion or spray
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • Wallets
  • T-shirts (all sizes)
  • Lanyards
  • Women’s shoes (all sizes)
  • You should plan to spend $50 per parent and between $150-$200, per child.
  • Donors can only adopt one (1) family
  • Your adopted family’s information will be provided to you by November 15, 2023, at the latest.
  • If you choose to adopt a late arrival family, you will receive your adopted family’s match by December 1, 2023.
  • To protect client confidentiality, each survivor will be described as parent, child, or infant along with their gender and age.
  • If a child has specific developmental needs, this information will be listed on the donor form.

Please include the following items for each family member:

Children (ages 0-18)

  • 1 to 3 Outfit(s)
    • Shirt
    • Pants/skirt or dress
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Winter hat or ear muffs, gloves and scarf
  • 3 Gifts per Child

(No one gift should exceed $50)

Parents and Adults (18 & over)

  • Two (2) gift ideas of preference listed on match form

(No one gift should exceed $50)

  • Please be sure to include the clothing items for each child. Often times, our families flee dangerous and high risk situations with nothing but the clothing on their backs. This includes children. After they leave shelter, their main focus is rebuilding, which doesn’t always leave much room for buying new clothing.
  • Please do not wrap any of your gifts. Instead, consider donating wrapping paper, tape, ribbon, and/or gift bags (all sizes) so that the parent may wrap children’s gifts.
  • Place all unwrapped gifts in a large plastic bag and tape your name – or your company’s name, Checklist and Adoption Form to the bag. We rely on this information to match the gift bags to the correct family. If you have large items that do not fit in a bag (i.e. bicycle, car seat, etc.), please tape your name and Family ID on a piece of paper attached to the item itself.

The Julian Center
2011 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Empowerment Center Building
(Back Entrance across from the playground)

Thursday, 12/14: 9am – 7pm
Friday, 12/15: 9am – 5pm
Saturday, 12/16: 9am – 5pm

Make a Donation

Every Gift Makes an Impact

Your Donations Make Every Program, Meal Served, and Night's Stay Possible

$ 0

Can provide a gas card for a survivor to get to work.

$ 0

Can provide 4 hours of staffing for our 24 hour crisis line.

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Can provide a bus ticket to get a survivor out of town for safety.

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Can help run the entire Julian Center campus for one hour.

The Julian Center empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence and creates a community where every individual is safe and respected. And we are proud to be the largest organization of its kind in Indiana.

Since 1975, we have assisted more than 66,350 people and educated over 365,750 others on the causes and effects of domestic and sexual violence and its impact on our community.