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Adopt-A-Family still hoping to help more than 250 families for Christmas

December 13, 2010

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Adopt-A-Family deadline

Community members have until Friday to adopt the 250 families that are still on the list for the annual Holiday Bureau program.

If you’re interested, contact:

• Ballard Center, 842-0729, ext. 102; paul@ballardcenter.org

• ECKAN, 841-3357; dburns@eckan.org

• Penn House, 842-0440.

With Christmas quickly approaching, more than 250 families who might not have food or gifts during the holidays are waiting to be adopted.

Nonprofit organizations in Lawrence that make up the Holiday Bureau continue to recruit people to adopt families in need. The community has already adopted nearly 500 families.

“It’s impossible to do this program without the community,” said Paul York, the director of human services for the Ballard Center.

Among those who have already adopted families are the owners and employees at Stitch On Needlework Shop. Even before the group received a family, they were out buying stocking stuffers. This week, they are rounding out their list by buying clothes for a toddler and children’s books.

In the fifth year of participating in Adopt-A-Family, the group has a family of four and a single woman.

“It makes you feel good, and the need is out there,” owner Leslie Ahlert said.

Those interested in Adopt-A-Family should contact the Ballard Center or other organizations participating in the program by Friday. Most of the gifts to the families are distributed by next Monday.

Individuals, families, businesses, religious groups and community organizations can all adopt families. Groups can request the size and composition of families they adopt.

The Holiday Bureau asks that groups provide a new clothing outfit for each family member, a gift and a gift card for a holiday meal.

The majority of families who are on the list for adoption live at or below the poverty line, which is an annual income of about $22,000 for a family of four. Along with families, the list includes senior citizens.

Those who don’t have the means to adopt an entire family can make donations of toys, mittens, stocking hats and food and clothing gift cards. People can continue to make those donations until early next week.

Last year, nearly 900 families were adopted in Douglas County.

“Every year the community always comes out to support us. It’s a pretty great experience,” York said. “I’m still optimistic. We’re working hard to get everyone taken care of.”

Comments

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

“Every year the community always comes out to support us. It’s a pretty great experience,” York said. “I’m still optimistic. We’re working hard to get everyone taken care of.”

---Good luck and Godspeed.

H_Lecter 4 years ago

There are people dying to give...

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/at-random/2010/dec/8/give-me-five-tag-two-comm/

You have a choice; a choice to make someone else's holiday brighter or do nothing... and die anyway.

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

You have a choice; a choice to make someone else's holiday brighter or do nothing... and die anyway.

---uh ... Lecter ... is that with or without Catsup?

H_Lecter 4 years ago

Ah gnome, ketchup is for three things, hot dogs, hamburgers, and french fries.

unite2revolt 4 years ago

She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs Swears like a sailor when shaves her legs She takes a lickin' And keeps on tickin' I'm never gonna let her go

LadyJ 4 years ago

LOL, thanks, hadn't heard that one, love it.

gatekeeper 4 years ago

Come on people in Lawrence. It doesn't take much to give those in need a nice holiday. Please call and get a family. Can you imagine what it must feel like to not be able to get adopted and have nothing for xmas?

whats_going_on 4 years ago

We adopted a couple families at work...I'm super excited to drop everything off tomorrow!!

paulyouk 4 years ago

Hi everyone,

I would like to thank everyone in the community that is involved with supporting families in this program and our agencies in general. We do greatly appreciate it...we adopted over 20 families today at the Ballard Center alone, and I know Penn House, ECKAN, and Salvation Army have been busy adopting and serving families too.

Great thanks to all of you...

  • Paul from the Ballard Center

gatekeeper 4 years ago

Just trying to bump this so it shows up in the most commented on section and is noticed. They still have families in need. I just took on another one today. Some of these families needs are as simple as coats for their kids. Please help guys! It doesn't take much money.

gatekeeper 4 years ago

Just trying to bump this so it shows up in the most commented on section and is noticed. They still have families in need. I just took on another one today. Some of these families needs are as simple as coats for their kids. Please help guys! It doesn't take much money.

gatekeeper 4 years ago

Just trying to bump this so it shows up in the most commented on section and is noticed. They still have families in need. I just took on another one today. Some of these families needs are as simple as coats for their kids. Please help guys! It doesn't take much money.

paulyouk 4 years ago

"Please help guys! It doesn't take much money."

Just wanted to send a quick note to say this is much more true than people think, especially if they let the agency they are working with know they are on a limited budgets. Some families have more expensive needs than others (for instance, gifts for teens simply cost more than gifts for young kids, on average)...but we can do all we can to have a family with needs that fit in your budget.

Also a quick thanks to the community supporting us in our work, and for gatekeeper for the bumps =)

We are down to 40 families at Ballard, and I am very confident we will have everyone taken care of easily at our current pace. Keep contacting us at any of the sites...we deeply appreciate your support.

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