I just wanted to post this because we’re in the Holiday season and we all have a lot to be thankful for. So, a little about my background… I am a firm believer in giving back, and I used to do much more volunteer work prior to school, and hope to get back to that once school doesn’t take up 110% of my life. During the Holiday season I always think about giving to charities, but never know which one I’d give to because I really don’t know where the money goes or how it gets used. Then I was reading in my local paper last year and saw a local program called Adopt-A-Family. These are families with children who are struggling to make ends meet and have been nominated by the local school teachers to this program. I thought aha! this will help people locally and I will know exactly where the money is going.
The program allows a donor to adopt a family and we are given a list of the family members and their Christmas lists. Items usually include clothing, shoes, socks and bedding or kitchen items along with gift cards for grocery stores and gas. Now my husband & I are living on one income and are struggling ourselves at times, so we couldn’t afford to cover one family’s needs ourselves, but we know we are blessed to even have a job in these times. This is the same situation with some of my friends and family. So I thought that if all of us together adopted a family and gave a smaller amount of money each then we’d be able to help out. This is what we did last year and by some amazing stroke of luck we received the same family again this year. Just in our little city there were 450 families that have been nominated for this program, which has doubled from last year. Besides the items on their list, you can add in fun things too. For example, we added in a set of movie tickets and a gift certificate to a local restaurant so they’d have a nice evening out for Christmas, and for the mom we got a nice set of goodies from bath & body works.
Anyway, I just wanted to put this out there, to encourage those of you who can help out in your local communities to do just that. Maybe you have a book club or doll club that meets and if you got everyone to chip in $25-50 you could really help a family out and give them a Christmas filled with things they need along with some surprise goodies.