Over 4000 individuals will have gifts under their Christmas tree this year. The 25th anniversary of Adopt-A-Family was hugely successful, matching thousands of donors with families seeking assistance this holiday season. Thank you for your overwhelming generosity. The joy and relief you have provided these families is invaluable.
“It has become a tradition for us to get together as a friend group to find an organization to give to. We found this drive online and immediately knew these gifts were going to the right place and into the right communities. We were thrilled to get involved and will do it every year,” said Jason Schaffer.
Mother of two and Marisol Family participant Yesenia was getting off her 12-hour shift at Applebee’s when she picked up gifts for her family. With tears in her eyes and a tired smile, she shared her relief of not worrying about a joyful Christmas morning. For the past month, she’s picked up as many shifts as possible to make the basic ends meet. A Barbie doll for her daughter, new work shoes and a warm coat for her husband were on her list. They received so much more, thanks to the generosity of the Miller family in Wheat Ridge.
“I can’t wait for Christmas now.”
Growing up, Jana Lee and her aunt were actively involved in the Kinship ministry. She recalls receiving gifts from the Adopt-A-Family drive every Christmas. Years later, she is a college student in a human services program, striving to be a leader in the community. As a means of giving back, she went behind the scenes and volunteered to help with Adopt-A- Family.
“I wanted to find a way to give back.”
Pinar, a client at Marisol Health Denver, and her husband from Turkey are expecting a baby girl in the coming days. She received diapers, baby clothes and other necessities, as well as pampering gifts for Christmas this year to prepare for the greatest gift of all.
“We are so excited to have a new family member with us this Christmas.”
Lee and his grandson Beau have bonded over Adopt-A-Family, making it a tradition the whole family enjoys. They make a full day of shopping for families, with a lunch after to spend some extra time with one another.
The meaning behind Adopt-A-Family varies but the outcome remains was the same for all – to give and receive Christmas joy in a Christlike manner. We are so blessed by those in our community, ministries and other partners who 25 years of Adopt-A-Family, spreading the joy of the true meaning of Christmas. God Bless.