Christmas should be a joyous time of year for all of us. Every child should have the opportunity to experience the magic and thrill of the season. Unfortunately, for many, Christmas is not a time of celebration, but a time of added stress and financial challenge. The Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program works to help some of the most disadvantaged families in our area enjoy the blessings of Christmastime.
This year, we received a larger number of family applications due in part to the late-season tornadoes that devastated a number of communities in our region. The need this year is great – more than 60 families remain on our available “adopt” list. Though Christmas Day is fast approaching, there is still time to help provide holiday meals and gifts to these families who would otherwise go without.
When you choose to become a sponsor of a family through the Adopt-A-Family program, you will be matched with a family whose needs meet your capacity to give. You will receive a summary about your family and the situation with which they are faced. Your summary will include the genders, ages and sizes of each family member and a list of needed or requested items, such as food, toys and clothing. You can choose to adopt a small or large family, or even multiple families.
This is a last-minute push for assistance. Gifts and food items for adopted families will need to be received at the Salvation Army Headquarters by the end of this week.
To adopt a family – or families – or more information on how you can help, please call 314-646-3000 and ask for our Adopt a Family coordinator. You can also offer your help by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adopt-A-Family program is a rewarding way to come together with members of your own family, workplace, church group or neighborhood to give back to those less fortunate and truly celebrate the meaning of the Christmas holiday.
As you bask in the warm glow of your own family Christmas tree and give thanks for the blessings in your life, please remember those less fortunate.
On behalf of the families we serve, thank you and have a blessed holiday.