Program Helps Many Families

The Adopt-A-Family Christmas program assisted a record number of families in need in 2012, according to Cleta Null, chairperson.

The Agape Help House and Adopt-A-Family provided assistance to 685 families in December 2012, including over 2,500 children and 100 senior citizens and nursing home patients.

“It was an absolutely wonderful testament to the generous contribution of 2012 Adopt-A-Family volunteers, individuals and businesses,” Null said.

In addition to the Christmas program assistance, Adopt-A-Family shared excess donated items with a number of local service agencies.

Diapers, car seats and strollers were donated to Pregnancy Assistance in Washington and baby clothes were donated to Newborns in Need. Socks and underwear were sent to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The program also gave away 300 bicycles, including one to every child who asked for one on his or her list. Roger Collins reworked every bicycle that needed repairs.

“Not a single person who requested assistance was turned away,” Null said. “Our thanks are not only from us, but from numerous families that have written thank-you notes.

“What a wonderful encouragement it has been to witness the outpouring of community support in adopting families and making donations to this program year after year,” she added. “A special thank you goes to Wal-Mart because of their generosity we were able to help more families.”

Adopt-A-Family has been a labor of love, Null said. Committee members include Debbie Kelley and Brenda McDaniel.

“All the volunteers make the work load lighter,” she said. “We’re looking forward to next year.”