First off, a huge thank you to those of you who have volunteered to adopt a person from our list, an entire family, pay a utility or buy a gift card! You all rock!
We still have a few individuals left to adopt. Check out their needs and their situations in one of these posts:
- Family #2: Vancouver, Washington (2 adults remaining)
- Family #4: Battle Ground, Washington (3 children, 2 adults remaining)
- Family #6: Portland, Oregon (4 children, 3 adults remaining)
There are also a few more families still on our list, waiting for a reader to adopt them:
UPDATE: Everyone has been taken!
Springfield, Oregon (3 adults, 3 children) — I now have a reader who is able to split this family with another reader. Email me if you’d like to team up!
Last week, we were forced to move into my mother in law’s duplex with her and her son because we have not been able to pay rent for the past 3 or so months. Now my husband, me and our 2 kids share a tiny bedroom. My mother in law is also struggling financially and lives mainly on social security and disability.
Olympia, Washington (2 children)
I am a single mom working full time at a minimum wage job. After rent, utilities, daycare, and car payment, we are left with about $200 a month for gas, food, and anything else needed.
Canby, Oregon (1 adult, 3 teenagers)
I have been unemployed for most of this year. I had some money in savings and was able to pay the bills and provide for the first few months. Now that the money is gone, I am trying to survive on child support and unemployment.
Centralia, Washington (2 adults, 5 children)
We have been unable to make our monthly bills since my injury and 3/4 income loss, we have no medical coverage so bills are piling up. We just want our children to have a Christmas.
Newcastle, Washington — north of Renton (1 adult, 4 children) — I now have a reader who is able to split this family with another reader. Email me if you’d like to team up!
In October my grandchildren came to live with me indefinitely. I was already struggling financially but could not let them go into foster care. The only help I am getting is for childcare and medical for the kids.
Portland, Oregon (2 adults, 4 children)
We are hitting up food banks because that is not enough for just one person for the month…every dime that we receive is accounted for tightly. My fiance is disabled and this year has been very difficult.
It takes $100-$300 to adopt a family (obviously, depending on size). This is a perfect service project for an extended family, a small group or as a gift for adults on your Christmas list who really don’t need or want anything, but would be thrilled to know that someone was being served in their name. To adopt an entire family on the list, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Family Adoption” in the subject line.
If you’d like to adopt a Puget Sound family, but live in the Portland Metro area, you can bring the items to one of our drop-off locations by Thursday and we will deliver them for you (one of the benefits of so many of my peeps being from the Seattle area).
For those of you who cannot fit adopting an entire family or person in your budget, you can still participate!
1. Donate food, household and toiletry items and school supplies from your stockpile or Christmas gift wrap. Drop your donations at one of our drop-off locations by Thursday, December 15 (find specifics here). We will distribute these items to one of our families.
2. Donate toys, books, games, puzzles, stocking stuffers, etc. from your toy stockpile or buy some. Drop your donations at one of our drop-off locations by Thursday, December 15 (find specifics here). We will distribute these items to one of our families.
3. Donate a gift card to a gas station, Walmart or a grocery store. Every single family is in need of gasoline and/or food. Although it’s not as “fun” as buying a toy, it will help a family tremendously. Any amount will be appreciated. We need the gift cards to arrive by mail by Friday, December 16. Please email me at email@example.com for the mailing address. It won’t work as well to leave them at a drop-off location as they may get lost.
4. Pay a utility bill. 42 out of 44 families who applied asked for help paying a utility bill. This is such a stressor in these families’ lives. If you’d like to help in this very practical way, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a family’s account information so you can pay it directly.
Again, a huge thank you to everyone who is participating in this project. It is such a privilege to serve our community along with you!
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