Anyone ever "adopt" a family for Christmas?

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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:04:53 AM
I was a teacher, and contacted a friend of mine who was the social worker/counselor in the "poorest" school in the district. We didn't know the family except the general ages of the children and that it was a single mother. We spent about $300, got some donations, and dropped it all of at my friend's office. She is the only one who knew our identity or the family's identity. It was awesome.


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Posted: 11/24/2012 1:55:52 AM
I have done it several times. Each time it is the highlight of my holiday. I wish I could do it right now. One year the family that was like family to me split the list and each family bought for one of the needy family family members. It was such a great feeling. That Christmas I had money because my mom had died and so I chose to buy for the mom and went a little crazy since I figured she was probably the LAST person anyone bought for. Sometimes word of mouth helps to find a family but I know you can go through other organizations. What a great example to set for your children!

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Posted: 11/24/2012 7:14:08 AM
We do something like that every Christmas but we have never delivered the gifts to the families. I agree that it's my favorite part of the holiday.

I also had my kids help sort gifts from our neighborhood Angel tree. It helped them appreciate giving, especially when they saw how generous a lot of our neighbors are and that a lot of Jewish families participated. It was a great example of the real spirit of the holidays.


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Posted: 11/24/2012 7:19:23 AM
I am a twenty year teaching veteran and have adopted families through my school each year. We do toys, clothes, coats, food. Maybe call your local school for a way to help.
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Posted: 11/24/2012 7:22:34 AM
I don't personally adopt an entire family but I organize the adopt a family program in my office. We hold a silent auction with items that donated by local busineses to raise some of the money. The family comes from our local children's hospital. It's a family in need that has a child with a serious illness. The social worker at the hospital screens them.

This year we have a family we previously adopted, which is a grandmother raising her daughters SIX sons, ages 2-15. Their lists usually include winter coats, boots, clothing, bedding and then they give us a couple of requests, like books, board games, etc. The first time we adopted them we had raised so much money we bought them a Wii. This year donations are down, but we will still get everything on their lists and then some. My employer gives $1000 in gift cards to the local market, which the social worker gives them in smaller demoninations throughout the year.


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Posted: 11/24/2012 8:07:17 PM
My son attends a very affluent high school & there are 6 homeless kids who attend. The administration is taking care of food & several of the PTA members are taking care of gifts for the kids/families.

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Posted: 12/18/2012 11:44:08 PM
i have tried every where this is my last hope.....

my family is in need of help this year i can no longer work because of being hurt on the job my husband works full time and works over time every week and it never seems to be enough. my son has moved back in with me to help with things i can no longer do on my own but he is looking for work and we are in need of food and personal items and this is not a need but a wish for christmas any gifts for a female 43 male 45 and male 20 (as we will not have the money to spend on any thing) so if there are any angels out there that can help us this year ill feel really blessed torysroom8320@yahoo.com

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Posted: 12/18/2012 11:45:54 PM
i have tried every where this is my last hope.....

my family is in need of help this year i can no longer work because of being hurt on the job my husband works full time and works over time every week and it never seems to be enough. my son has moved back in with me to help with things i can no longer do on my own but he is looking for work and we are in need of food and personal items and this is not a need but a wish for christmas any gifts for a female 43 male 45 and male 20 (as we will not have the money to spend on any thing) so if there are any angels out there that can help us this year ill feel really blessed torysroom8320@yahoo.com

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Posted: 12/19/2012 1:27:51 AM
We do it through DH's office where it's set up much like the angel tree. He picks kids close in age to ours and our kids live the challenge of buying both what's requested and then tucking in some extra fun things.

We also do the star program through the school which is similar.

I like that it's anonymous and I wish all a Happy Holiday.


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Posted: 12/19/2012 6:02:21 AM
Yes, we have done this though work and it is through a United Way organization.

The manager who spearheads this does get to meet the families as he does most of the deliveries, and I have never once seen him frown while relating the stories of how drop off goes. I have seen tears in his eyes.

We usually have a few families, and get specific needs and wants lists (like 13 year old: winter coat, video games, baseball equipment, loves M&M Peanuts). We always try to cover a majority of the list, with at least one major want and one major need. Plus there are turkeys and all the fixings for dinner delivered. It is nice to know you had such an impact on someone's holiday.



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Posted: 12/19/2012 6:39:12 AM
We have adopted a family every year for the last 5 years. It has been a good experience for us every year.


We do Angel tree. We don't pick the ones that say "Nintendo DSi" and "Xbox 360 Elite" though. We ususlly pick a kid around DD's age and spend about $50 on a backpack or whatever they asked for with some toys. No offense to anyone but I don't think we'd so an adopt a while family thing and buy gifts for adults. Food, sure but gifts, no way.


Every year we have done this the adults have asked for every little, most years I have to ask more than once what they want or need. This year we have a mom and a 3 month old - after asking two or three times, she said she needs winter boots.

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Posted: 12/19/2012 6:45:52 AM
We adopted a family and Mom just asked for a new car battery. She will start some rough medical treatments soon and it will be 100 miles round trip each week.




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Posted: 12/19/2012 7:15:09 AM
For the last few years we have adopted Seniors. We get their names from a Senior outreach program in our community. Some years they are in assisted living facitilites so they don't need much food so we just do treats and gifts. Other years they are still living on their own and we donate food and gifts.

The kids donate to kids through their schools with food hampers, wooly wishes tree and toy mountain drive but as a family we really like the idea of adopting a "grandparent".


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Posted: 12/19/2012 7:24:27 AM
Our preschool adopted two families (found through our elementary school) and I coordinated gift drop-off yesterday. Both were only-child boy families and in both cases, the adults asked for very little--gift card to Meijer to buy food and one asked for a pair of $15 PJs from K-Mart only if there was extra money.

I coordinated it and had a hard time with some of the attitudes of the other gifters, but I see the same thoughts on this thread, so maybe it's not uncommon. I feel like Christmas is a time for magic and that every child should be allowed to wish for a DS or an American Girl doll or a gold chain or whatever their dream is. Just because someone is poor doesn't meant they should limit their wishes to socks, undies, educational books, etc. I know that's what they *need* but I want to give them what will make Christmas magic. The necessities are great, but the kids know what their peers get and just this once, I love getting them something that will make their eyes pop out and make them feel the same as their friends.

Not trying to flame anyone giving anything--it's all good. Just my perspective as the former poor kid who always wished for those things that everyone else was getting in multiple!
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Posted: 12/19/2012 7:38:06 AM

i just read a couple people say $50. Our church requires us to spend $75-$100 per child and we need to at least buy 3 gifts per child. I thought that was high.


That does seem pretty high. I adopted a child through a local social services programme and they recommended E30 (about $45). The programme I went through is completely anonymous. You email them and tell them you'd like to participate, and you get a reply with an assigned child. They tell you the age and gender of the child and give you the child's reference number. You don't get to choose gender or age. I was assigned a two month old girl. I bough her lot's of warm clothing and some baby toys. All the stuff is put into a gift bag with the child's reference number on it and dropped off at their office. They asked for stuff not to be wrapped as they need to make sure that the stuff is safe for the kids. They then get it to the families.

I don't think I'd want to be part of a programme that wasn't anonymous. I'd feel under way too much pressure to buy every little thing that they wanted or needed. I way overspent on my anonymous gift as it was.

Also, I will never donate to Salvation Army until they change their policy of refusing to help people that they know to be LGBT.



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Posted: 12/19/2012 7:43:35 AM
I always adopt one of my students. I am observant throughout the first part of the year about who might be the neediest. When we are reading together and having discussion, I will gently prod about what people in their family like to do. I buy the gifts and include some grocery gift cards.

My best friend's husband is a FedEx driver. He drives it over on Christmas Eve and says it is a delivery from the North Pole. The students never suspect it is me, but I love to hear the stories when the come back after Christmas break.



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