If you’ve walked in to any store recently, you may have noticed that Christmas decorations, trees, lights and all the trim have already started making their way to the shelves and floors. It’s been an ongoing trend that Christmas preparations seem to start earlier and earlier each year. This is the perfect time to start thinking about local families that might need a bit of extra help this festive season.
That’s where A Mom’s Helping Hand of SWFL comes in. The organization organizes a family adoption each year at Christmas time for single mother families who are struggling in some way. It could be through financial hardship or just getting by and Christmas is just not possible, often through no fault of their own. The families are carefully screened and partake in a support group program on a regular basis. These families can use a bit of extra support this Christmas, and people can ‘adopt’ a family, putting together a festive package for them to lighten the load a little this Christmas.
We have several supporters that sign up for a family every year. Some are very blessed and want to make Christmas a little brighter for a struggling family while others tell us they’ve been where these families are and now that things have changed for them they would like to give back and help and pay it forward. While these families are different in many ways, they have one thing in common. They have all told us how much they enjoyed taking part in our SWFL Santa’s program.
AMHH asks that adopters purchase gifts for a family they select from the charity’s list, which is posted on their website. Donations could include “non-perishable Christmas food items, personal care items, table decorations, plus unwrapped gifts for each member of the 'adopted' family.”
While only a few of the families have been added, all the families are expected to be added by October 20th.
The items should be unwrapped so the parents can share in the fun too. Some families have special wrapping paper and others just want to feel a part of the process. The donation deadline is December 9th.
For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.amomshelpinghandofswfl.com/swfl-santas.html