Please Adopt a Family this Christmas
I wish I could help all the families who have reached out to me from all over the United States, but I am not able to do so. My intent when I posted articles for families in need was to hopefully lead them to organizations that could help them. The outcome of those posts has been an overwhelming number of requests for Christmas help for their children.
I have just spent two hours reading and “approving” over 1oo comments submitted in October to NanaFinds.com on posts such as Christmas Help for Families in Need: Where to Find Help for Your Family, Christmas Help for Low Income Families, Christmas Help: Donate or Receive a Christmas Tree, and Toys for Tots: Christmas Toys for Low-Income Children for over 200 in total. A majority of the comments were from young mothers and grandmothers humbly asking for help in providing a Christmas for their children. Their current situations are extremely dismal. They can’t afford to buy a tree or presents for their children. The requests are for trees, simple toys, and clothes. Never anything for the adults.
Offers to Help Families in Need this Christmas
In addition to the many requests for help, I have also received two offers to help. One offer is from a family who has been in the same predicament and is now able to help a small family of a single mother with one or two children in the Central Texas area. The other offer to help is from a person who has two pre-lit artificial trees to donate to families in the Burlington, NC area.
I just received another request for help. It is from a single New Jersey mom with a 9 year old son who has recently been evicted from their apartment and living in a shelter. They must be out by December 20. As a parent and grandparent, I can’t imagine the heartache that mom must feel knowing they might be homeless this Christmas.
Now that we are in the month of November, the charities have closed their registrations for Christmas help. I’m also told Toys for Tots and other charitable organizaitons are not able to service every family because of the increase in those who need their help. They can only help as many as they have received donations for this year. Because of hard times, there are less donations in way of toys, food, and money coming to the agencies. Unfortunately, that means many children will go without a Christmas.
Adopt a Family on NanaFinds.com
I would love to be able to post more offers to help families in need. If you and others would like to adopt a family for the holidays, please contact me by leaving a comment below. All comments are sent to my email and screened by me before they are published. If you do not wish for your comment to be public, please state that in your comment. Tell me what town/city and state is near your located and any specifications you require. I will attempt to connect you with families from which you may choose one or more to help.
Once you choose a family, for your safety (since this is through the Internet) my advice to you is to request at least two references so you can verify that their identify and need, such as a minister, doctor, social worker, agency representative, and/or school official (guidance counselor, nurse, principal).
- Never give cash. Gift cards to Walmart, Target, a supermarket, etc. are safer.
- Specific items are better. You can include a gift receipt.
- Think about whether or not you want to remain anonymous. Please specify in your comment to me.
- If you make a personal delivery, do so at a mutually agreed upon public place such as at the location of the verified reference.
- If you prefer to pay a utility bill or rent, make payment directly to the company. You will need to request account name, address and number. Be smart.
I’m giving it another try. Go to the New Help Forum Page. Click on this link.
To all of you who are seeking help for your family,
I have closed comments. Unfortunately, the few “donors” who responded with offers to help turned out to be deceitful. It breaks my heart to read all the requests for Christmas help and to find that so few are willing to donate. And it makes my blood boil knowing now that there are people who don’t mind adding to your heartbreak by playing a sick joke by offering help and then not responding. I am truly sorry I couldn’t help any of you.