It's nearly that time of year again! Halloween has passed, and Christmas is already in the air! At the clinic, we have participated in a number of different donation drives and programs, but by far the most popular of these is the Children's Foundation Adopt-A-Family progam. We get asked every year if we will be doing this again, so I'm happy to say that YES, we are "adopting" again this year! What is the Adopt-A-Family Program, you ask? Here's a small blurb right from their website (www.childrensfoundation.org):
The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with families in need in order to make Christmas shine a little brighter. In 2017, with the support of our generous community of donors, we were able to provide Christmas gifts and grocery cards for 1,186 families which included 2,592 children and youth.
Families are referred to us by social service agencies who have identified they are in need. Adopt-A-Family is about more than gifts under the tree; it's about providing families with support and hope during the holidays. While children's wish lists include all the normal gifts that any child would want, the families' needs very often include basic necessities such as diapers, bedding and winter clothing.
*While Adopt-A-Family is a Christmas holiday program, it is open to people of all backgrounds and traditions.
As soon as we have been assigned our "adoptees", we will put together the information in our clinic lobby. We have so many amazing patients that want to help provide a brighter holiday for those in need - we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for participating, helping us to be "Santa", and in turn helping creating a closer community, raising spirits and giving hope to others during the holiday season.