Cars lined a parking lot in Denver to drop off loads of gifts destined for the homes of families, seniors and individuals not able to afford a Christmas this year.
During Adopt–A–Family program week, hundreds of people delivered clothing, toys, household goods and other gifts purchased for a specific person or family served by Catholic Charities. Volunteers then sort and prepare the gifts for recipients in time for Christmas.
Jay and Kaila adopted a family of seven and dropped off their donated gifts on December 7 to Catholic Charities at All Saints Catholic Church in Denver.
“We made it a weekly tradition of every Sunday we went shopping for two people” to gather enough gifts for the family of seven, Kaila said. “We’re hoping to start this tradition for our family every year.”
Because of you and so many generous donors like Jay and Kaila, more than 1,700 families and individuals benefitted from gifts and gift cards across the state this year. Recipient families in Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley and the Western Slope are nominated for the program within Catholic Charities ministries, including Early Childhood Education, Kinship Services, Archdiocesan Housing, Samaritan House and more.
We are grateful to everyone who makes this program possible.
“It’s just overwhelming when you see the love and support that comes out this day,” said Mark Hahn, director of volunteers and community engagement for Catholic Charities. “We have just amazing donors who jump in and find matches they want to be a part of their Christmas life.”