December 23 at 1:49pm
Holiday Adopt-A-Family program reaches record numbers
Each year, Interfaith Community Services facilitates the collection of presents for families and individuals who cannot afford to buy holiday gifts for their children and other family members. Named the Holiday Adopt-A-Family program, Interfaith’s program managers identify clients who are in need of assistance and ask them to compile a shopping list based on their family’s needs, sizes and preferences. At this point, participating North County adopters are given client(s) shopping lists and they then generously purchase presents for their adoptee(s) off of the list(s) they are given.
When all families are shopped for, Interfaith hosts “Santa’s Workshop” – a space where adopters can drop off gifts for their adoptees. Once all are collected, Interfaith’s program managers pick up the items and distribute them to the appropriate clients.
This holiday season, Interfaith Community Services had 52 participating adopters purchase gifts for 376 individual Interfaith clients ranging from veterans, families and single individuals. Commonly collected gifts this year included gift cards, clothing, toiletries, bicycles, school supplies, games and more. Adopters also donated gift-wrapping items such as tape, bows, wrapping paper and tissue for clients to wrap their presents for their families before the holiday.
This year’s participating adoptees were clients from a wide range of Interfaith programs, including shelter residents, veterans, homeless court clients, North County Labor Connection employees, computer lab patrons, families participating in Interaith’s self-sufficiency programs, and addiction recovery clients. In total, 173 groups of adoptees (whether individuals or families) were shopped for this holiday season.
Interfaith Community Services thanks those adopters and volunteers who charitably participated and donated as part of 2014’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program. For more information on how you can get involved with Interfaith in the coming year, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page or contact Chelsea Buck, Donor and Volunteer Relations Manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.