Update 2010 The Salvation Army’s Adopt-a-Family program is back for 2010.
Last year I wrote a few blurbs about the Adopt-a-Family program through the Surrey Christmas Bureau. I’m now noticing a lot of Google search love from people seeking to learn more so here’s the scoop:
The Adopt-A-Family program is a way to match up families in need with caring families, business and other organizations in the Surrey area.
An Adopt-A-Family participant takes on the responsibility of taking care of the sponsored families on Christmas Day. This includes providing Christmas breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the family as well as gifts for all the children. We like our adoptive partners to try and provide a Christmas stocking and a small and medium-sized gift for each child. Often our sponsors are very generous, an activity we encourage as good for one’s soul.
If you would like to become an Adopt-A-Family sponsor, please contact the Adopt-A-Family program at 604-585-9670 or 604-585-9676 or click the email link below and in the subject put ‘Adopt-A-Family’. [Surrey Christmas Bureau]
In Vancouver, a similar program is run by the YWCA through the “Sponsor a Family” program:
Make a difference in the lives of women and children by sponsoring a low-income family this holiday season. By becoming a sponsor you will be matched with a family and provided with their “wish list.” Sponsors then shop for food and gifts and deliver the hamper to the family. [YWCA]
These are just two of many ways to make a difference this holiday season. Check out their websites or the sites of other local causes to see how you can help – either by making a donation online, organizing an office gift, or even volunteering your time.
AND if you don’t want to sponsor people, how about great blue herons? Learn more about the “Adopt-A-Nest” program via the Stanley Park Ecological Society.
Update: The Salvation Army was kind enough to send me some information about their Adopt-a-Family program, which can be found on their site.