December 15 at 6:39pm
Over 500 Individuals receive holiday gifts through 2015 Adopt-A-Family Program
Interfaith received extraordinary support from over 100 community members to spread cheer among vulnerable North County families over the holiday season. These dedicated volunteers and donors fulfilled customized holiday wish lists to ensure children, parents, veterans and seniors could each receive special presents. Through this robust donor support, Interfaith was able to provide joy and gifts to over 500 homeless and low income individuals.
Beneficiaries of the Adopt-a-Family program include, Angela, who is enrolled in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Thanks to the Adopt-a-Family program, Angela is now able to provide a fulfilling Christmas for her two sons. Her son’s wish of receiving new athletic gear was met with a donor generously providing new basketball shoes! This gift is especially timely as her son is participating in a basketball tournament shortly after Christmas.
Anglea remarked on the impact of the Adopt-a-Family program, “It’s helping me so much! I just started working at a new job, so this year is rough. We are now looking for a new home now, and these gifts are just so wonderful!”
Volunteer and Donor Relations Manager, Chelsea Buck, was overwhelmed by the support received this year, commenting “The Adopt-a-Family program is truly a collaborative effort on behalf of Interfaith staff, community partners, donors and volunteers. Their generosity and spirit amazes me each year. This is what the holidays are truly about – embodying the spirit of giving to those who are less fortunate. Thank you to all of those who make it possible!”
In addition to the Adopt-a-Family Program, dedicated volunteers worked throughout the agency to share in the holiday spirit of giving back. Sharon Brown and Patty Goldojarb have been donating to support veterans at Interfaith for over eight years during the Christmas season. Thanks to these exceptional volunteers, the holidays came a little early for homeless veterans recuperating from hospital stays at Interfaith’s new Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center.
During our Recuperative Care Program Holiday Party, Sharon and Patty presented backpacks full of clothing, games and magazines to help each veteran find joy this season. Our veterans were overwhelming thankful for the early Christmas gifts and commented that the games and reading material would help improve their spirits as they recovered from their injuries and illnesses.