Saturday, October 03, 2015

Donor letters have been sent!!!

Check your email!  Check your mailbox!  We've sent out the 2015 donor request letter with information on how to adopt. Mail the form, email the form, or fill it out online and submit it. We can't wait to hear from you!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

After Decades of Service, Sandra Soares Leaves Adopt-a-Family

Since 1990, Sandra Soares has volunteered for the Adopt-A-Family program, helping to ensure that every child in Woonsocket has gifts to open at Christmas each year. The program has provided presents for some 41,888 children in the city since 1992, filling a wish list for every single family that's applied for help since 2005.

Soares has served on the Board of Directors since its inception in 1993 and was elected board president in 1995, the same year the organization became an official 501c3 nonprofit. She was named program coordinator in 2003 and has served as executive director since 2013, continuing to grow an efficient and respected city charity purely through volunteer labor.

Dedicating approximately 30 hours a week from October through late December, in addition to her full-time work as a realtor, she says it's time to call it quits. "It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy. It's a full-time job," Soares said.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Notes From Some Thankful Families

During the second week of last December, 140 volunteers unloaded nearly 5,000 bags, boxes, and bikes brought by friends to the Elks Lodge in Woonsocket. These were gifts from kind and generous people in the community who committed to giving the happiness and excitement of Christmas to Woonsocket families in need.

When the week was over, 2,039 children from 981 families had received these gifts. These children were blessed by the efforts of people who will never know them; people who show the true spirit of the holiday.

As always, we thank our faithful donors for bringing Christmas smiles to these 2,039 children.

Here are some letters we received from the families.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Another Very Successful Year

Stay tuned for details and photos of a week that brought gifts to 2,215 children!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Distribution Week is Here

Today starts Distribution Week here at Adopt-a-Family.

This is the 7 days when our donors bring us 4,000 bikes, bags and boxes of gifts to give to kids of low-income folks who struggle monthly to feed and house their families. When the holidays come, there's nothing left in the budget for gifts for their children.

It's a big job but through the efforts of everyone, this week 2,207 children will receive gifts of much-needed clothing and much-desired toys! Thank you all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We Bring Out the Best in People

An email we received this morning:

Good Morning,

My family and I went to see the Christmas Carol this past Sunday.  It was a wonderful production.  As we all sat there watching the Cratchit Family and their struggles through the Christmas Holiday Season, it made us realize that there are young children out there who need help from those of us who are more fortunate.  My family has been a donor of Adopt-A-Family before; probably about (6) years ago.  It was an awesome feeling!

In light of this, after the show, we got together and decided to forego all Christmas Secret Santa Exchanges in favor of giving a family Christmas Gifts for their Children. 

I have attached the completed application. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

We Need Your Help

Here's the good news:

As of today we have 910 families with approximately 1,900 children matched with donors. That means these kids will be receiving gifts of much-needed clothing and much-desired toys and games for Christmas.

Here's the bad news:

We have approximately 315 kids in 125 families with no donors. 

After ten years of saying YES to every eligible family who applied, it looks like we will be saying NO to some children this year.

The number of families who have come to us for help has not increased significantly but the number of donors who have offered their help has decreased.

The amount of families asking for help will likely increase as we get closer to Distribution Week. Even though the last date to apply was November 15, we always have families in crisis come to us for help after a house fire, eviction, fleeing domestic abuse, illness, theft, etc. We always find a way.

We know everyone has been affected by the poor economy in the last year. So if you find it difficult to provide for a child on your own, team up with a co-worker, a neighbor, even others in your family. 

So our message is plain:  Please help by offering to provide some gifts of clothes and toys for a needy child. If you can help please fill out a Donor Reply Card and get it back to us as soon as possible.

A child will thank you.

Monday, November 18, 2013

We Still Need Donors

Over the last two months people from all over New England and beyond have contacted Adopt-a-Family offering help.  They have offered to take a wish list and use it to bring a bit of Christmas joy to a needy child.

These are children they will never know; children who will never know who their Secret Santa was.  What the people who give will know is that they made a child smile, squeal or laugh when they opened those gifts.

The gifts they ask for might be a Barbie, Spider Man, a remote-control car, a baby doll, Pokeman cards, Monopoly or arts and crafts. Or they might ask for something as basic as a coat or a pair of pajamas, or even a blanket and pillow.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It's Not Too Late to Adopt A Family

If you are interested in helping this year, you can print the Donor Reply Card from the link on the right, fill it out and send it back via email, fax or snail mail.  

We will get the information about your family out to you ASAP.

Our email address is: Adopt-a-Family, Inc.

You can also fax it to: (401)-489-7611

If you have any questions call us at (401) 766-2291