The Adopt-a-Family program is a program that matches donors (businesses or individuals) with needy families with children in order to provide them with Christmas gifts to put under their otherwise sparse trees. In times of hardship, Adopt-a-Family can be a lifesaver, allowing families to avoid choosing between paying bills or giving their young children a happy and memorable Christmas morning.
This week, EBCAP’s AmeriCorps members, along with some other volunteers from different departments throughout the agency, gathered at St. Brendan’s church in Riverside to receive the donations from the donors, organize them, and distribute them to the proper families. The East Providence Senior Center donated dozens of hand knitted or crocheted hats for kids and adults that parents could pick from. Donors tried their best to fulfill their adopted family’s wishlists, many of which contained basic necessities in addition to toys and games. Some donors even went above and beyond the call of duty by giving non-perishable food, paper goods, and toiletries in addition to toys, games, books, and clothing to especially needy large families.
Every family gave either a hand-written card or a drawing from their child as a thank-you to their generous benefactor. Some were overwhelmed and moved to tears by the sheer generosity this season has brought to them. And on our end, of course it felt great to be one of Santa’s little helpers and bring joy to parents and children alike!