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Adopting a Family...How You Can Help

Adopting a family can be one of the most rewarding achievements you may experience. When you adopt a family you provide assurance to that family that someone cares and understands their needs. That someone is there for them. That they are not alone in their time of need. That their life is just as important and precious as anyone elses. You are letting them know that they are thought of no matter what has occured in their lives.

There are many places that support the adopt-a-family progam. You can start by contacting your church pastor or any place of worship in your community or neighborhood. Each county or state operates a Child and Family Services department. Often these departments provide lists of families in need to local charities. You will be able to choose which charity fits your purpose of contribution. A family will be assigned to you based on the information you provide, such as preference in family size. The Salvation Army is another source that information may be available through. The recipients are usually anonymous, so you don’t have to worry about contacting them or any embarrassment on your part or their's.

Adopting a family can be done throughout the year. One church adopted a family for 6 months rent free by providing them to live in their Parsonage. The church members and community helped adopt this family by volunteering their time to help clean, paint, do plumbing work, carpentry, electrical work, and donating supplies. If you are a member of a church, talk with your pastor and see if he's interested in adopting a family along the same itinerary. Adopting a family during the Christmas holiday is something you can do yearly or as a one time option.

You may want to donate to a cause that adopts families without adopting the family yourself. Donating clothing, shoes, food, or money is all ways in which to help adopt these families. Some items in your home may no longer be of use to you, but they could be extremely valuable to others. You can offer your time and expertise with what you know how to do. You could become a mentor within the organization.

Adopt a family that has a loved one in the hospital. Spend some of your time with those who aren't able to be at home. Adopt a child that's in a children's hospital and hand out new stuffed animals to children who need the extra cheer.

Adopt a soldier. Send care packages to someone you know that is serving the Country. If you do not know of anyone, ask a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker. Care packages are welcomed throughout the year. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Adopting a family or participating in adopting a family has proven to be an ultimate achievement in the lives of those who do. You can make this holiday season one to remember just by helping someone in need.


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