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Adopt-a-Family for Christmas opens with 68 families

Monday, November 29, 2004

Your chance to share Christmas

From a lonely disabled woman and her beloved cat, to a single father struggling to raise four kids and a new granddaughter, to elderly couples on fixed incomes, to bustling families with five children, many are depending on Adopt-a-Family to come through so that there can be a Christmas this year.

The Pilot-Tribune started the Adopt-a-Family program more than a decade ago, and it has been widely duplicated across the country.

In the program, readers are asked to select a family by code number, to maintain their anonymity. When they call the Adopt-A-Family hotline at 832-1757 to report their choice, they can get more information on the specific family and its needs.

The adopting party then prepares a special holiday package for the needy family, with all of the non-perishable foods necessary for a bright holiday that many would otherwise not have.

Many choose to include special gifts for the needy as well, handmade items, gift certificates and other personalized presents.

Individuals, families, businesses, clubs, school and church groups are welcome to make an adoption. The list will be expanded as needed as the holiday approaches.

"The need is definately there this year," said Joan Spooner of Upper Des Moines Opportunity, who co-coordinates the program with Pilot-Tribune Editor Dana Larsen. "I expect that we will have over 200 families to be adopted before we are done."

This year, the arrival of Sudanese families fleeing from religious persecution may bring a new element to the project, Spooner feels.

"There is no typical family on the list. All ages, races and family sizes are involved. What they have in common is that at this particular time, they need a bit of a hand to provide a Christmas for their family," she said. "Most of the families are working, but their paychecks just don't go far enough to keep them above poverty level, or they have had a medical situation or other problem that has put them in dire straits for a time."

Often, the families work themselves off the list, and the following year, will adopt another family in need.

"Last year, I didn't think there was going to be any Christmas for my kids," one parent said. "When the Adopt-a-Family box came, I started to cry. When my youngest child asked me if it was from Santa Claus, I told him it was from someone who cares very much. I will always be thankful for that."

The 2004 Christmas Adopt-A-Family initial list is as follows:

#1. MOM , DAD, BOY 11, GIRL 7, GIRL 4

#2. HANDICAPPED WOMAN AND CAT

#3. MOM, DAD, GIRL 17 GIRL 13, GIRL 7, BOY 4 MONTHS

#4. ELDERLY WOMAN

#5. ELDERLY COUPLE

#6. ELDERLY WOMAN

#7. SINGLE MOM, GIRL 14

#8. ELDERLY WOMAN

#9. MOM,DAD, BOY 7,BOY 6, BOY 4

#10. MOM,DAD GIRL 14, BOY 9, BOY 6

#11. ELDERLY COUPLE

#12. ELDERLY COUPLE

#13. SINGLE MOM, BOYS 8, 10, & 11

#14. MOM ,DAD, GIRL 13 , GIRL 9, GIRL 2, NEWBORN BOY

#15. GRANDMA, BOY 12, GIRL 9, GIRL 6, GIRL 4.

#16. ELDERLY MAN

#17. MOM,DAD, BOY 10, GIRL 12, GIRL 3

#18. MOM, DAD, GIRL 19, GIRL 18, GIRL 9, GIRL 4, GIRL 15 MONTHS

#19. ELDERLY WOMAN

#20. SINGLE MOM, GIRL 2

#21. MOM, DAD, BOY 17, GIRL, 15, GIRL 14, BOY 12, BOY 5, BOY 3

#22. MOM, DAD, BOY 9, GIRL 7, TWIN GIRLS 4

#23. MOM, DAD, GIRL 6, GIRL 4

#24. SINGLE MOM, BOY 8, BOY 6, GIRL 4

#25. MOM, DAD, GIRL 19, BOY 16

#26. ELDERLY MAN

#27. SINGLE MOM, GIRL 2

#28. SINGLE MOM, 3 BOYS 4, 3, & 15 MONTHS

#29. SINGLE MOM , 2 GIRLS 10 & 5

#30. MOM, DAD, 2 BOYS 5 & 4

#31. MOM, DAD, BOY 14

#32. ELDERLY WOMAN

#33. SINGLE MOM, GIRL 4, BOY 7 MONTHS

#34. 2 ELDERLY WOMEN

#35. MOM, DAD, GIRL 5, BOY 3, BOY 15 MONTHS, BOY 7 MONTHS

#36. SINGLE MOM, 4 GIRLS 10, 6, 4, & 2

#37. MOM, DAD, GIRL 5

#38. SINGLE MOM, GIRL 5, BOY 3

#39. SINGLE MOM , GIRL 6, GIRL 4, GIRL 3, BOY 12 & BOY 10

#40. SINGLE MOM, BOY 10

#41. MOM, DAD, GIRL 9, GIRL 8

#42. ELDERLY WOMAN

#43. ELDERLY WOMAN

#44. SINGLE MOM, BOY 11, GIRL 8, BOY 8 MONTHS

#45. MOM, DAD, BOY 4

#46. SINGLE MOM, BOY 13, BOY 2

#47. MOM, DAD, GIRL 9, GIRL 13, BOY 3

#48. ELDERLY COUPLE

#49. MOM, DAD, BOY 13, BOY 12, GIRL 8, GIRL 3

#50. MOM, DAD, BOY 14, GIRL 10, GIRL 2

#51. HANDICAPPED MAN

#52. MOM, DAD, BOY 5

#53. SINGLE MOM, 3 BOYS, 17, 14, & 12

#54. MOM, DAD, BOY 5

#55. MOM, DAD, GIRL 13, BOY 12

#56. SINGLE MOM, BOY 2, BOY 6 MONTHS

#57. SINGLE MOM, 3 GIRLS 8, 4, 2, & BOY 1

#58. MOM, DAD, BOY 13, BOY 4, GIRL 8 , GIRL 2

#59. MOM, DAD, 2 GIRLS 6 & 3 MONTHS, 3 BOYS,7, 3, & 15 MONTHS

#60. MOM, DAD, GIRL 1, & GIRL 2 MONTHS

#61. MOM, DAD, 2 GIRLS 7 & 10

#62. MOM, DAD, BOY 8, BOY 12 & GIRL 6

#63. MOM, DAD, GIRL 7, GIRL 1 MONTH

#64. MOM, DAD,GIRL 10, GIRL 7,BOY 9

#65. MOM, DAD, GIRL 3, BOY 1

#66. SINGLE DAD, BOY 17, BOY 12, GIRL 4, GIRL 18, GRANDDAUGHTER 1

#67. SINGLE MOM, GIRL 7, BOY 5, GIRL 2

#68 MOM, DAD, GIRL 3, BOY 10

To Adopt a Family, Call the hotline at 732-1757, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays with the code number of your family of choice. Thank you!



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