The Holidays will soon be upon us and it gives me great pleasure to launch Denville Social Services’ annual Adopt a Family program for 2015. If you would like to participate please sign up at:
What is the Adopt a Family Program?
Denville’s “Adopt A Family” is a longstanding and popular annual program that assists Denville families and seniors experiencing financial hardship during the holidays. It is an anonymous program that matches families and/or seniors in need with individuals/companies/groups that would like to offer assistance by fulfilling “wish lists.”
Families and seniors submit wish lists to Social Services, which are then coded and distributed to our “adopters” via email. (Or regular mail if you wish.) Then the adopters shop for items based on these wish lists. We ask families seeking adoption to request two items of clothing and two “toy” items per child. Adults in a household are also recommended to request two items. Seniors fill out a slightly different form and are encouraged to ask for items they need. The suggested monetary limit is $50 for each family member and senior.
These however, are only guidelines and donors are welcome to purchase items above and beyond what is on the wish list. Gift cards for grocery stores and establishments like Wal-Mart, Target and similar stores are always a welcomed add on.
Social Services will begin sending out wish lists to “adopters” beginning on November 2. Unfortunately we don’t get wish lists returned as promptly as we’d like so please bear with us if you do not get your “family” or senior in a timely manner. We will do our best to accommodate an adopter’s preference as to the type of family or senior they’d like to adopt, but this is not always feasible and we will contact you should this occur. Please note, we have many seniors participating in the program this year.
We request that adopters kindly deliver their gifts to the Denville Social Services office by Monday 12/14/15. While you are free to wrap gifts, we ask that all gifts be placed in a black bag and clearly marked with the code number assigned to the senior/family. This allows gifts go to the correct people and ensures privacy.
Many thanks to the generous citizens of Denville!