Adopt a Family: '201 and done'
For the tenth year in a row, the Pilot-Tribune's Adopt-A-Family for Christmas has achieved a 100 percent adoption rate.
On Monday, the last of the 201 needy Buena Vista County families on this year's list was adopted with a special package of food and gifts for the holidays.
"The generosity of the people in the Storm Lake area never fails to amaze us," said Dana Larsen, Pilot editor and co-director of Adopt-A-Family. "People start calling even before the first list is published, and it's good to know that in this special place, no family in need has to go without a Christmas or has to feel that no one cares."
The need is still high this season, said Joan Spooner, co-director and head of Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc.
"The fact that the adoption list is completed does not mean the need goes away. We will still see families move into the area during the holidays, or people on the edge be pushed into a situation of extreme need by some tragedy," she said. "Anyone who wants to make a donation or perhaps provide gift certificates to local grocery stores would be very much appreciated, so we can meet the needs of families as they arise."