Archive for Tuesday, November 30, 2010

About 400 Lawrence area families waiting to be adopted through Holiday Bureau

November 30, 2010


Local agencies are continuing to look for Christmas elves to help make holiday wishes come true for Lawrence families.

This year, the group of local non-profit agencies managing the Holiday Bureau program had more than 700 families sign up to receive donations through the Adopt-A-Family program.

Of those 700 more than 400 families still need to be adopted, said Paul Youk, director of human services at the Ballard Center.

While demand isn’t necessarily higher than last year for the Holiday Bureau program, Youk said families were quicker to request help this year.

“Just the situation of the economy, you have more families than ever that need some assistance,” Youk said. “And we want to make sure we help children during the holiday season.”

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.

Individuals, families, businesses, churches and community groups are all welcome to adopt families. Donors are asked to provide a new clothing outfit for each member of the family, gift items for the adopted household and a gift card for a holiday meal.

Those adopting families can request the size and composition of the family.

Youk is confident that the community will support the program this year, as it has in the past.

“It really is a community-driven program. Without that support, it would be impossible to do,” Youk said.

For people interested in adopting a family, here is a list of contacts:

• Penn House: 842-0440.

• Ballard Center: or 842-0729, extension 102.

• ECKAN: or 841-3357.


BallardCommunityServices 6 years, 9 months ago

We would like to thank the community for your immediate response and support! We have already been contacted by 21 groups and individuals who read this article and they have come together to adopt another 35 of our families in need.

gatekeeper 6 years, 9 months ago

Come on folks! Still 365 families need to be adopted!

countrygirl 6 years, 9 months ago

Have a bake sale where you work! We had one yesterday and I just dropped off a nice donation with ECKAN to be used for holiday and heat assistance. I got a huge hug from their director. They SO want to be able to assist all the families that apply but they need our help.

Paul Youk 6 years, 9 months ago

Just wanted to send a quick thank you to the community and the LJW. Ballard has adopted over 50 families since this article went up, most adopters directly mentioning reading this article. Though I haven't verified the exact number, I'm betting we've adopted at least 100 families between Ballard, Penn House and ECKAN...and excellent outpouring of support from the community we all deeply appreciate.

Even with 300 families left, getting 100 families the help they need has been huge. Your support has been absolutely vital to our ability to help all of the families we serve.

A great big thank you to everyone involved!

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