People Needed To Adopt Families This Christmas

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If you ever wanted to play Santa Claus, here's your chance. The Salvation Army of Jackson is looking for people to adopt a family this Christmas season.

The Adopt-A-Family (AAF) program matches impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas. Without the benefit of an adoption, these families would be looking forward to a very grim holiday. Being adopted is designed to be a once or, on very rare occasions, twice in a lifetime event for recipient families.

When an Adopt-A-Family match is made, the family information and wish lists are sent to the sponsor. The Salvation Army ensures that the family receives the gifts and food during the week before Christmas.

Many adoptees are referred by professional social workers who help deserving families complete an application during required home visits. An inventory of each family’s needs is taken and a Christmas wish list is compiled. This gift guide may include toys, clothing, household items and information regarding the utilities and heating sources. Often sponsors will make payments on utilities or purchase wood or heating oil. Sponsors are asked to provide two or more new gifts for each member of the household and to provide food for the family for four to seven days.

Families, businesses and organizations are encouraged to sign up by 4:30pm December 7 so the gifts and food are delivered the week leading up to Christmas. Gift drop-off will be at the old Felpausch store on West Michigan Avenue near the Westwood mall on Wednesday, December 12 between 9am and 4pm.

For more information about the Adopt-a-Family Program, please call Angela Sterner at 517-782-7185.

For families who need help giving their loved ones a Christmas, contact Ryan Porter at 517-782-7185. The Salvation Army is taking applications for Christmas assistance. Stop in at the Salvation Army during the following dates and times to request help:

November 12 - 16; 8:30am - 11am and 1pm - 3pm
December 3 - 7; 8:30am - 11am and 1pm - 3pm
Friday, December 7; same as above, plus 6pm - 8pm
Saturday, December 8; 12pm - 2pm
December 10 - 14; 8:30am - 11am and 1pm - 3pm

When signing up, please bring a picture ID for everyone 18 years and older, birth certificates for anyone under 18 years old and proof of household income (if any).

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