Make a difference this season

The Simone Family begins the holiday season giving back to those who are less fortunate.  Through the organization, Adopt-A Family, the family will give gifts to a young girl.

The Simone Family begins the holiday season giving back to those who are less fortunate. Through the organization, Adopt-A Family, the family will give gifts to a young girl.

Dennis Keena ‘16

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Every year when the holiday season rolls around, people are confronted with the question, “What do I want for Christmas?”

However, some people may ask if they will have something for Christmas.

With poverty being at an all-time high, the average household cannot afford to have a nice Christmas. Thankfully, Christmas is a time for the community to come together and help those in need. Some generous folk volunteer to “adopt a family” by either donating money, or providing clothing or food to a family or individual in need.

Fox 2 Detroit and Volunteers of America: Michigan paired up to create a program called “Adopt A Family” to aid the less fortunate. The program accepts donations anywhere from $20 to $150. The collected money goes towards a family’s Christmas dinner along with gifts.

There is also a direct hands-on method to sponsor these families. Those who are financially able can purchase new toys for the children of their adopted family and either clothing or gift cards to supermarkets for the parents. The volunteers are even able to hand-deliver the presents to the parents, creating a personal connection with those whom they have aided.

Volunteers of America Michigan representative Keith Kennedy said, “The program was designed to help the people who are in need, it’s always nice to see the communities to come together to help people that really need it.”

“One year there was a donation around the $500 mark,” Kennedy said.

Teenagers also have gotten involved through their families.

One Twitter user said, “One year my parents and I adopted a family and it was the best thing. The look on the families face when I brought stuff to them was one of the happiest moments of my life.”

Adopting a Family for Christmas is a worthy investment. Parents spend $300-$400 on unnecessary luxuries for their children. This year, teenagers could make a difference by asking for even a sliver of that to be donated towards another family’s Christmas.

“I asked my friends and family to forego buying me presents and instead asked for donations. Christmas is about those in need, not those in want,” said another Twitter commenter.

Every penny truly does count. $150 provides an entire holiday experience for a family of four according to the Adopt a Family program.

“If you cannot spare $20 for another human being, then you need to rethink your priorities,” said Jacob Smith ‘04

If you are interested in adopting a family or donating to the program, information can be found to do so at www.adoptafamilymichigan.org. Every donation counts, no matter how little. Anyone has the opportunity to make a child’s Christmas brighter.