“Adopting a family”

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jack F, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Jack F

    Jack F Active Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Cape Cod
    2008 240DA,
    Garmin 545s,
    North Star NS100ss.
    350 Mag Seacore BR3
    We usually do a Yankee swap at work, this year we are going to adopt a local family, there are five kids, 7-14 and their mom who lost their dad/husband this year.This will be their first Christmas without him.

    This is what Christmas is about; helping those in need.
  2. wish2fish

    wish2fish Active Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Locust Creek, Ohio River mm 433
    2003 220BR
    5.0 MPI
    I think that is much better.

    BTW, the use of "yankee" is offensive. You should call them northern americans! :grin:
  3. HUMPH

    HUMPH Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    2003 410DA,
    2004 C14 Caribe
    CAT 3126TA's 350HP/
    50HP Honda
    That is a great way to help people during the holidays. We usually host a couple of fairly large parties and have turned them into food drives. We demand that everyone bring canned or dry food and we end up with a couple of garbage cans full to donate.

    Turn your holiday celebrations into a real time of "giving" be it food or cash donations. Even a small family gathering can end up with a large box of food or enough cash to make a difference! :thumbsup:
  4. Jack F

    Jack F Active Member

    Oct 3, 2008
    Cape Cod
    2008 240DA,
    Garmin 545s,
    North Star NS100ss.
    350 Mag Seacore BR3

    That's a good point.. The NY Yankees should now be called
    “The NY North Americans" :lol:
  5. Windjammer

    Windjammer Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 10, 2007
    Marietta, GA
    340 Sundancer 2006
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives
    When my daughter was young we were in the YMCA Indian Guides Program, and for a few years our "Tribe" adopted a family at Christmas. The local DFACS office would provide us with the name of a family along with the ages and gender of the children (usually a family that was keeping foster children).
    All the Dads and Daughters would meet at a local K-Mart and let the girls "shop" for the children's stuff with a "budget" of $20.00 per child. It was quiet an adventure to see our 7-8 year olds (as a gang) comparing prices and making decisions on hair brushes, combs, hairbands, toothpaste, socks, candy, and a small toy. The Store Manager caught wind of what was going on and made some price concessions where necessary if someone went over budget.

    The next weekend we would all meet at someone's house for the girls to package and wrap all the "goodies" for each child - another adventure but it was the thought and contents that were important and not how neatly the packages were wrapped!

    We would then set up a time for the whole "Tribe" to hand deliver the presents to the family in person. Nothing but smiles, and hugs plus the girls learned (a little) about the value of a dollar and (perhaps) were a little more grateful for what they had...

    Unfortunately, DFACS made a decision a few years later that the donors could no longer meet with the receipients. It took away the "personal touch" and lost a lot of donors in the process....
  6. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    My wife and I gave our gifts to our adopted family last nitr thru social services. Been doing this for years. They don't know who we are ...feels good
  7. jimdavi

    jimdavi New Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    320 Sundancer
    5.7L 300 Hp V drives
    I'm on the board of The Salvation Army, (Twin Cities) and they have an adopt a family every year. You can meet with the families which makes for a better experience. I prefer meeting them, especially for my children to experience giving to those in need.

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