How Adopt-a-Family made Christmas brighter in 2019
There were XBox games, L.O.L. Dolls and Superhero action figures! There were games, books, learning toys for preschoolers and so much more! We supplied it all this past Christmas with our Adopt-a-Family program.
It’s not hard to picture how excited the children were at the thought of getting new toys. Or how excited the teens were to be getting new clothes. And parents who were so grateful that their families were able to have a Christmas, even with all the financial hardships and chronic medical issues.
In 2019 our Adopt-a-Family program served 36 families. There were 17 from MetroHealth, 10 from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Sickle Cell Specialty Care and 9 from the Cleveland Clinic Hospital for Rehabilitation. Adopt-a-Family wouldn’t exist without the support of everyone.
We rely on the Child Life Social Workers at the hospitals who screen family information and relay those family’s needs to us. Our donors and shoppers who contribute their time and money to buy all the gifts and wrap them. And the delivery people to insure everything arrives in time. It all performs like a finely tuned machine, it’s amazing to see it all come together.
This past holiday season our donors went above and beyond with their monetary donations, allowing us to serve even more families. The volunteer shoppers also went above and beyond to locate the hottest "in demand" toys and the many necessity items that were needed, including beds and even a crib! Every family's needs are different, and our shoppers tirelessly worked to fulfill as many requested items as humanly possible.
But we couldn’t do any of this good work without YOU! So, thank you all for supporting the Adopt-a-Family program. We're looking forward to another successful year in 2020!