Generosity led to success of Adopt-A-Family program

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:
The women of Junior League of the Flint Hills would like to thank the Manhattan community for its support of the Adopt-A-Family program during the Christmas season. We are very appreciative of the individuals, organizations, groups and businesses that were donors for the Adopt-A-Family program, truly embracing the essence of our motto “Sharing the Season.”

Adopt-A-Family provides gifts to families who have no means of providing gifts for themselves. To qualify for the program, a family shall reside in Manhattan or Ogden, earn an income within restricted guidelines and pro-vide proper documentation. The program is targeted to provide gifts for children from infancy through age 18 ( and still in high school). This program was started by the Flint Hills Bread-basket and transitioned to Jun-ior League of the Flint Hills in 2012.

This year, Junior League worked with community agen-cies to share information about the program with families in need. Those families came to one of the family sign-ups with their income documentation and proof of address to apply for Adopt A Family. Families are not allowed to sign up for multiple Christmas gift pro-grams so that as many families as possible can be helped. They completed a “wish list” for the children in their household. There were many requests for winter clothes, pajamas and shoes this year, along with requests for toys.

Anyone can be a donor for the Adopt-A-Family program. Many clubs, employers, businesses, church groups and friends adopted more than one family. Donors filled out a simple form with contact information and what size of family they wished to adopt. They were then matched with a family in need and provided the family’s wish list. Donors had the option of delivering their gifts directly to the family or dropping them off with the Junior League to be picked up by the families several days before Christmas.

This year, there were seven family sign-ups, and 148 donors adopted 189 families, including 761 children and parents. Junior League members, some com-munity volunteers and trans-lators donated 650 hours to the program. The women of the Junior League of the Flint Hills are pleased to serve the needs of our community by dedicating time and effort toward this worthy cause.

We would like to thank UFM Community Learning Center for giving us a home to host the family sign-ups, drop-off and pick-up. Special thanks go to our Adopt-A-Family sponsors Bal-four-Beatty Walton and Mor-rison, Frost, Olsen, Irvine & Schartz, LLP.

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