Approximately 60 families have applied for assistance this holiday season and the Los Alamos Adopt A Family Program is calling on the local community for help.
The families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.
“Our goal is to provide at least one ‘need’ (such as clothing) and at least one ‘want’ (such as a book, toy, etc.) for each child in the house, and we also have information on the parents’ needs and wants. Additionally, we request that the sponsor provide a gift certificate for the family for groceries,” said Kate Stoddard of the Adopt A Family Program. “The Alpha Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi assumed the Los Alamos Adopt a Family Program in 2002, and every year we are blown away by the generosity that the community shows through this program.”
Stoddard encourages businesses to sponsor families, organizations to sponsor families, churchs to sponsor families and individuals to sponsor families.
Sponsors will do the shopping for the families, wrap the gifts and label them for the recipients, and drop off the gifts with the gift cards for food to The Christian Church at 92 East Road Thursday, Dec. 13.
At this time, the organization is unable to accept new applications from needy families, Stoddard said, and encourages those who need assistance during the holiday season to contact the local churches.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a needy family may contact Stoddard at 672-2746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.