Each August & September, CAP Agency provides students in need with a new backpack filled with school supplies to help them thrive: pencils, pens, folders, markers, notebooks, and more.

The program is open to current CAP clients living in Scott, Carver, and Dakota Counties with children in school (up through 12th grade).

School Supply Donations – Amazon Wish List

Help us fill backpacks with supplies! Now you can quickly donate supplies to CAP Agency students through our Amazon Wish List. The list has items you to purchase and help students start the year off right. Your items will be sent to the CAP Agency food shelf in Shakopee, and passed out during the supply distribution on August 7th. 

Volunteers: Contact Maritza Real to help collect, sort, and distribute supplies.                                952-402-9843, [email protected].

Host A Supply Drive: Contact Nate Bostrom to host a supply drive at your organization.                952-402-9853, [email protected]

To register for backpacks, please contact your CAP staff person.


Esperanza has joined CAP Agency as a program focusing on serving new immigrants, at risk youth, and underserved and low-income youth and families. Through weekly fresh food distributions, the Esperanza program helps CAP Agency reach thousands of traditionally underserved people in need. Other services include cultural and community engagement, youth sports and outdoor activities (such as soccer), and other services through school-based partnerships.

Hope for the Holidays

2022 Holiday Giving Season is Closed. See you in 2023!

We ‘re excited to work with you again in 2023! Visit our volunteer page to learn how to support CAP families year-round.

Help bring holiday cheer to CAP clients this season! With budgets being stretched thin for necessities, Hope for the Holidays eases the burden on parents and families, and provides comfort and connection to seniors. Hope for the Holidays matches donations with children, parents, and seniors to ensure everyone feels the generosity of the community through our support network, new gifts, and/or household supplies.

 Please join us by donating gifts or volunteering your time to sort and pass out gifts. Last year, donors supplied gits for 3,252 individuals! This year’s goal is to match that goal by providing a gift for each individual. Thank you for your help with meeting this goal to make this season memorable. 

There are 4 ways to participate in Hope for the Holidays in 2022, including our new Amazon Wish List option to make donating gifts easier during the busy holiday season.

Adopt-a-Family - Registration is closed for 2022. See you next year!

Adopt-a-Family spreads the joy of the holidays by providing children and families with gifts. Client families create wish lists and are matched with donors who donate gifts specific to those families.

Adopt-a-Family Sign-Up

Your financial obligation for each child adopted is $50, including one $50 gift card for the parent/adults in the home.

Important Adopt-a-Family Dates

November 10th: Adopt-a-Family sign-up closes

November 14th: “Adopted” family’s Wish List(s) will be emailed to donors

Drop-off times include:
December 5th: 11am-2pm
December 6th: 3pm-7pm


Adopt-a-Senior supports senior citizens by providing them with household goods and small gifts to let them know they are not alone this holiday season. For our senior clients who have been living in isolation due to the pandemic, Adopt-a-Senior is a great way to bring seasonal cheer into their homes in a safe and supportive way!

Adopt-a-Senior Sign-Up

Donors fill a reusable bag with the following items, which are then dispersed to participating seniors:
Dish soap
Dish towels
Toilet paper (4-pack)
Paper towels (1 roll)
Package of coffee
$10 Gift card (Cub, Walgreens, Dollar Store)
Other suggested items (include 1-2 of the following): slipper socks, puzzle, books, word search, greeting cards/note cards, stamps, a hand-written note.

Important Adopt-a-Senior Dates

November 30th: Adopt-a-Senior registration closes

Drop-off times include:
December 1st: 9am-11am
December 2nd: 12pm-2pm

Amazon Wish List

This year we added the Amazon Wish List as a way to donate gifts to our Toy Distribution program. This option makes giving easy; all you do is click the wish list curated by CAP clients, and packages will be sent directly to our food shelf for distribution. Please email us to let us know you ordered so we can thank you and provide you with a donation receipt. This is a great way to give to those in need during the busy holiday season!

Click the link to be directed to our Amazon Wish List

Amazon Wish List

Toy Drive

Toy Distribution differs from Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Senior in that a donor gathers new toys to be distributed to the greater community instead of being paired directly with a family. This is a great opportunity for companies, churches, or community clubs looking for a year-end donation opportunity. Specifically, toys are distributed to children from birth to age 18 whose families utilize CAP’s Food Shelf or Energy Assistance programs. Collected toys should not be gift wrapped.

Toy Distribution Sign-Up

Important Toy Distribution Dates

December 12th-13th: Toy Distribution donations can be dropped off at CAP. We recognize that this is a limited amount of time to drop off your gifts. Please contact Maritza Real at [email protected] to make alternate arrangements if needed.

Drop-off times include:
December 12th: 9am-11am
December 13th: 12pm-2pm

Drop-off Location:

All gift donations should be dropped off at our new location:

738 1st Ave East
Shakopee, MN 55379
Please go to the service door.

Please refer to your specific program (above) for drop-off times. For donors who have generously registered for more than one HFTH program, you are welcome to bring all of your gifts donations at the same time.

Questions? Email Maritza Real at [email protected] or call the Hope for the Holidays Hotline at 952-402-9843.

If you’re interested in being adopted for the holiday gift program, you will need to work with your CAP case worker. If you utilize our food shelf or energy assistance program, you can enroll in Toy Distribution by contacting those programs directly.

Volunteer Opportunities

As the December holiday season quickly approaches, there are countless projects filled with the spirit of giving. Our holiday activities at the CAP Agency include Adopt-a-Family, Toy Distribution, and Adopt-a-Senior. Each of these activities depend on volunteers to ensure gifts are provided for the families we serve. Volunteering provides the opportunity to give toys to children or deliver essentials to a senior, and this helps remind us of the importance of caring.

We invite you, friends, family (including older children) to assist in selecting gifts for families and take this opportunity to give back to their community. We also welcome school groups, organizations, or local businesses to volunteer!

Volunteer Sign-Up

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