Editor’s note: Many people are suffering this year, but I do not supply charity groups with lists of people who need help. I also don’t adopt families directly through this blog. If you need help, please contact a local church or your county social services department. I have disabled comments because too many people were posting personal information about their need for help. This is not a safe forum for posting personal details.

After my aunt passed away nearly a decade ago, another aunt started a tradition of adopting a needy family in her honor every Christmas. The deceased aunt was very big on charitable giving, so an annual Christmas charity donation was a perfect fit.

It’s very easy to find families to help, but it can be expensive for one small family to adopt another family. If you pool your resources among your extended family or a group of friends, you can give much more without hurting your budget. For example, each adult in my extended family donates $10. Either my aunt or my cousin contacts her local church’s or county’s charity drive to tell them how much we have to give. The services matches us with a needy family and sends a wish list. She collects the money, buys the gifts the family wants, and delivers them to the charity. There are currently 15 adults in my family, so that’s $150.

For several years, we adopted the same family with a child suffering from a severe disability. Later we found out we actually had a personal connection to that family, which made the annual gifts all the more meaningful.

This year, my immediate family is adding another adopted family to the mix. We normally spend Christmas Day with family friends. Rather than exchange gifts none of us need, my mom suggested we adopt a family as a group. We have 11-13 people donating $10 each. My mom and their mom will go shopping together to buy the requested items and deliver them to a charity group they work with.

So, for a total of $20, I’m helping give two families a much merrier Christmas. I certainly don’t need whatever I would have received for that token amount, and I feel better knowing it went to someone who really does need it.

If you and your friends or relatives want to adopt a family, simply contact your local church, family support groups, city, or county to ask about their “Adopt-a-Family” program. You can also just Google your city and “adopt a family” or your city and “Christmas charity.”

Comments

4 Responses to “Supporting Christmas Charity Drives”

  1. ERNEST FORD on December 3rd, 2008 10:08 pm

    PLEASE HELP I AM A SINGLE FATHER WITH FOUR KIDS NO JOB AND KNOW WHERE TO GO. ME AND THE GIRLS LIVE HOUSE 2 HOUSE.WE ARE HOMELESS PLEASE HELP IF YOU DONT DO NOTHING FOR US BUT PRAY THAT WOULD BE A BIG HELP FOR SOMEONE WHO IS LOST

  2. lori mccurdy on November 10th, 2009 9:48 am

    Please Help !!
    I am a single mom and a amputee in poor health i need help for x-mas I will volunteer anyway i can,,I have tried 3 yrs in a row to sign up for adopt a family program always tell i call too early then i call when it s time and they tell me program is full?? plzzz if you can squeeze 1 more family in i would b so happy thank you n god bless

  3. holli on November 10th, 2009 4:45 pm

    Hello, My family is trying to adopt/help a family in need and also my job is willing to adopt a family. if someone can provide information on how we go about this it would be very much appreciated.

  4. Aryn on November 10th, 2009 5:57 pm

    Hi Holli,

    If you belong to a church, ask your pastor if they will have a “giving tree” or program this year. If you don’t belong to a church or don’t want to donate through a religious organization, visit your County’s social services website or call the office to ask about a local program. Many hospitals also offer programs for families with ill children. Try your local large hospital or children’s hospital.

    You can also Google your city or county and “adopt-a-family” for options. For example, “los angeles adopt a family” brings up several choices.

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