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Adopting a family for Christmas

post #1 of 17
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I am so beyond excited. My family (mother, 2 aunts and 2 uncles, fiancè, and I) wanted to do someting meaningful this Christmas. We all pretty much have everything we need, so we figured our money would be better spent on others.

So....we are adopting a family at a domestic violence shelter in Clearwater, FL (where the rest of my fam lives) . I am so SO excited about this. It is a woman and her three children. We're getting each of the kids a bike and helmet, along with other toys. For the mom, we're getting her household items, lots of chocolate (I always recommend that for clients!), and I'm going to buy her some good books on recovering from domestic violence.

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. Has anyone else ever done something like this for others during the holidays? If so, how'd it go?
post #2 of 17
Wow that sounds really great! Its wonderful when people can open their homes during the holidays .
post #3 of 17
That is great!!! God bless you all!!!
post #4 of 17
That is so wonderful!!!! What an amazing thing for this family. I'm sure its a really difficult time of year for all of them.
post #5 of 17
The local radio station out here just did a radiothon to "adopt a family". They helped adopt out 1000 families so far and have a waiting list of people to adopt other families. Isn't that great! So many kind people out there.
post #6 of 17
That's so wonderful!! You'll make such a HUGE difference in their lives
post #7 of 17
That sounds so nice amy! i bet they are going to thank you so much and feel very special this christmas!
post #8 of 17
That is really a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas!
post #9 of 17
That sounds great, Amy! How wonderful of you!

And what a coincidence...I have a lot of relatives in Clearwater as well, and will be there on Friday! Ha!
post #10 of 17
Awww, that's so sweet of you!!!!!
post #11 of 17
My experience with this hasn't been too positive

We do this at work just about every year. Sometimes the families don't appreciate the help. Some have been downright rude when we have delivered the gifts.

I am sure your experience will be different though

Even if the parents don't appreciate it at least we know the kids do!

Bobbie
post #12 of 17
Amy, this is JUST like you to be so excited about helping others, an angel, and I can see it runs in the genes. I hope everything goes well and you're able to bring much peace and support to them!

I haven't sponsored or adopted a family, but what I am doing starting in January is volunteering at the Pacific Ovarian Cancer Consortium in Seattle - I'm there for any woman who is weak or depressed, and needs strength. I will sit with them, read to them, run errands for them, converse with them, help them deal with it - all the women who didn't have my luck and miracle and have to endure chemotherapy. It's the least I can do and I have strength to spare.
post #13 of 17
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Bobbie, I'm sorry you've had such a bad experience with giving . That's so sad that people could not recognize when others are trying to help them. Of course, pride can be a POWERFUL thing and some would rather chew their right arm off than accept "charity."

Eddie, that is so neat what you'll be doing for those women in January! My suggestion is reading some Dave Barry books to them- laughter is the best medicine!

Allie, how random is it that we both have family in Clearwater?!?!

Lndscpsam- That is wonderful to hear that so many families in your area want to give this year. It's needed now more than ever!
post #14 of 17
My mom adopts a child every year in Ohio. She usually takes them shopping and buys them new clothes and a few toys.

The only negative she has had was one year when the mother of the child sent clothing sizes that were obviously too big by far. Mom ignored it and bought the beautiful girl clothes of her own to wear!
post #15 of 17
What a wonderful thing your family is doing! I know this is a long shot, but could you ask their case worker if there were any pets involved in their situation, and, if so, maybe you could find out what happened to their pets and maybe help out there, too. Of course, you are doing so much already - what a wonderful family!!
post #16 of 17
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What a wonderful thing your family is doing! I know this is a long shot, but could you ask their case worker if there were any pets involved in their situation, and, if so, maybe you could find out what happened to their pets and maybe help out there, too. Of course, you are doing so much already - what a wonderful family!!
Oh my goodness that is a fabulous idea! My uncle who lives there is coordinating everything, so I'll ask him to find out. Their pets should get some gifts too!
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
What a wonderful thing your family is doing! I know this is a long shot, but could you ask their case worker if there were any pets involved in their situation, and, if so, maybe you could find out what happened to their pets and maybe help out there, too. Of course, you are doing so much already - what a wonderful family!!

That is a great idea too

How wonderful for you Amy for you and your family helping out these people during the Christmas season, what kind hearted people you all are!
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