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|Year Round Adopt-A-Family Program
About three years ago we sponsored an Adopt-A-Family for the Holiday Season from our
Community Care organization. It was a single mother with five children under the age of
ten. As a staff we worked together to make this Christmas very special, since their mother
had very limited income.
Because of the positive feedback and the many thank yous the
children shared, we have kept this family as our year round Adopt-A-Family.
We provide birthday gifts for each of them on their birthday, we collected food and monies
from penny drives in the halls for Easter Dinner and a local store donated the Easter
baskets that we filled up with goodies, which we collect and use year after year. We also
have an Easter egg hunt for the children in one of the residence halls. At the end of year
we started a school supplies drive. We collect school supplies in the residence halls, for
the children for the following year. We collect pennies for Halloween and purchase store
bought costumes for each of the children. We provide the mother with gift certificates to
the local grocery store for Thanksgiving.
We have also supplied the mother with a camera so that she can take photos that we share
with the staff to see how their efforts help make 5
childrens lives a little better. Its amazing how a five year old little boys smile can
make a difference.
This past semester, we invited the mother and the five children to campus for a pre
holiday party with the staff. All the staff was invited and over 75% of them stopped by to
eat some snacks and watch the children open up their gifts (stockings). While they were
eating we packed the mothers car with holiday gifts and food packages. We also provided
the mother with gift certificates for her to use for herself. Each year we continue to add
another event or activity to make their lives a little more enjoyable. It is a type of
program where everyone can help in some way. The personal interaction with the children
can never be replaced, seeing the excitement and joy on a child face can never be
duplicated in any other way.
Robin W. Gagnow email@example.com
Director or Residence Life