The Salvation Army
Adopting a family will help their Christmas be that much more special.
Maj. Rosena Halvorsen with the Salvation Army said between 60 and 70 families have been adopted so far. More than 200 families were registered this year.
The deadline for the adopt-a-family program is Friday at noon. To adopt a family, contact the Salvation Army office at 306-692-5899.
“So if someone wants to adopt a family, we’d request that they contact our office by that time and then we’re able to match them with a family … that’s already been registered with us for a Christmas hamper,” she said. “I think it’s going pretty good, from what I’m understanding.”
Anyone who adopts a family will then be responsible for putting together a Christmas hamper for the family. The cost of a hamper for a family of two adults and two children is $200 per hamper.
“Of course, bigger family you put more stuff in, but it seems to be whatever the group or family would like to have and try to match them with their request,” said Halvorsen. “We ask that if they adopt a family, that they contact the family as soon as we give them their information.”
The Salvation Army gives out the phone number and address, as well as how many children are in the family.
“We send a letter to the family saying that they are being adopted and then the adoptee people in the community will contact the family and they make that connection,” said Halvorsen. “They usually deliver the hamper to them. We ask that … they would deliver the hamper as close to Christmas Day as possible.”
The Salvation Army will deliver their Christmas hampers on Dec. 23. What the adoptee includes in the hamper is up to them, but the Salvation Army provides a list of what they include in the Christmas hampers.
That includes enough food items for two to three days and toys for the kids.
“You can follow that or you can kind of use your own judgment and we ask that if you do toys for children, we ask about $25 per child,” said Halvorsen. “Now of course it is under the discretion of the person. So if they want to do more than that, it’s up to them.
“Some adoptees that will do the parents as well, but we ourselves don’t expect that. It’s usually the children and the hamper for Christmas.”
The remainder of the families not adopted by community members or organizations will become adopted by the Salvation Army.
“If people are still interested in wanting to adopt a family, if they feel that their company or family would like to be a part of that program, they can certainly contact our office.”
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