SOS’ Undertake A Household program seeks donors for needy households for 50th yr

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SOS' Adopt A Family program seeks donors for needy families for 50th year


Costa Mesa-based Share Our Selves is marking the 50th yr of its annual Undertake A Household program, which goals to assist many struggling Orange County households by offering presents and meals for the vacations.

Greater than 50,000 households have been “adopted” because the program started, and this yr, Undertake A Household will join donors with households with youngsters really useful by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and colleges.

SOS asks that donors agree to offer every little one within the household with not less than two new presents and supply the household with a grocery retailer present card for a whole vacation dinner. Presents might be dropped off from Eight to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 on the OC Honest & Occasion Heart in Costa Mesa.

To “undertake” one of many households beneath, word the household’s quantity and speak to the Undertake A Household program at (949) 270-2187 or [email protected], or go to shareourselves.org/AAF for a donor sign-up kind. The deadline to take part is Dec. 11.

The next household descriptions and present want lists had been supplied by Share Our Selves:

Household No. 784

The mom on this household works two jobs and is elevating her two youngsters herself. She presently is renting a storage with few furnishings however has to pay for childcare, so her jobs don’t cowl requirements. She says she needs she might afford to purchase toys for her son however cash is just too tight.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 5-year-old boy: Loves automotive toys and would love a motorbike and helmet.
  • 18-month-old lady: Diapers, wipes, child shampoo and clothes.
  • Mom: Northgate present card for groceries and a Goal present card for toiletries, clothes and hygiene merchandise. Would admire a present card for Kohl’s or Ross to purchase footwear.

Household No. 1380

The top of this household is a single mom who has needed to overcome varied obstacles after separating from her abusive companion and changing into homeless. She and her youngsters needed to keep in a shelter for 30 days. She has been working to make ends meet and not too long ago acquired an house. She feels secure and secure within the new house however has little to fill the house with and would admire any assist in getting again on her ft. The youngsters want footwear, and small presents for them to open on Christmas morning would convey them happiness.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 13-year-old boy: Would like to obtain garments and footwear from WSS for enjoying exterior. He additionally would love a wi-fi speaker and a skateboard.
  • 12-year-old lady: Would admire garments and footwear from WSS in addition to pajamas. She additionally would get pleasure from artwork provides to proceed her pastime.
  • 10-year-old boy: Would love a baseball hat and something Angels-related. He additionally likes the colour purple and would really like footwear from WSS to play exterior with.
  • Mom: Kitchen objects corresponding to spoons, pots and pans and different family items could be particularly helpful. A Goal or TJ Maxx present card additionally could be appreciated.

Household No. 48

Dad is a Marine stationed on the Miramar air base and is the one member of the household who’s working. Mother is looking for a job, however the price of childcare is greater than what she is ready to earn generally. The household’s most important priorities are meals, lease and utilities, all of which come earlier than vacation presents. Donations for heat clothes, present playing cards for meals and necessities and a few toys for his or her child can convey the household some reduction and cheer.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 1-year-old boy: Favourite coloration is blue. He enjoys enjoying with balls and toy automobiles, likes “The Lion King” and will use a present card for diapers and clothes at Walmart.
  • Mom: Reward card from Walmart, Goal, Costco or Ross.
  • Father: Reward card from Walmart or Ross.

Household No. 1353

This household of 4 is headed by a single mom. Her husband died this summer time and her household continues to be experiencing shock and grief. The household is also struggling financially. Mother is overwhelmed however she feels she has no time to grieve or see her youngsters extra actually because she must work at her two jobs to keep up the family. Any present playing cards for meals, clothes or family home equipment would imply the world to her.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 17-year-old boy: Would admire any present card for Ross for garments. He additionally would love film tickets so he can spend time with associates.
  • 11-year-old lady: She wants garments for varsity and loves arts and crafts, particularly portray. She would really like paintbrushes, paint, canvases and different provides so she will pursue her pastime.
  • 10-year-old lady: She would love something associated to soccer and volleyball. She additionally would get pleasure from a karaoke machine so she and her household can sing. She would love boxing gloves and likes to learn. She additionally wants socks and would really like a Vans present card for footwear.
  • Mom: Heat garments and pajamas for winter. A Ross present card could be good. She additionally would really like a WSS present card for sturdy footwear whereas she works two jobs, and would love family home equipment corresponding to a microwave.

Household No. 1309

Grandma and Grandpa have been the authorized guardians of their 4 grandchildren for greater than a decade and have raised all of them. They’re now struggling as they become older and cope with well being points, and they’re unable to work as arduous as they as soon as did whereas nonetheless making an attempt to offer for a household of six. All of them share a small house and alternate nights on the mattress, mattress and ground.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 17-year-old lady: Would love make-up, eyelashes, nail polish, lotions and perfumes.
  • 16-year-old lady: Loves make-up and nail polish and would really like a hair straightener. Her favourite colours are grey and black.
  • 14-year-old boy: He enjoys operating and would really like a skateboard and helmet and a present card for garments. His favourite colours are white, blue and black.
  • 12-year-old lady: She likes pastel colours and would love artwork provides and a digital camera.
  • Grandmother: She enjoys going for walks, loves pastel colours and would really like a brand new fridge as a result of the present one is malfunctioning. Would admire a present card for Food4Less for groceries.
  • Grandfather: He enjoys soccer, likes white shirts and would admire a present card for garments.

Household No. 1242

From the eldest little one: “Hello, since I’m the massive sister in my household, I’ll let you know about us. My little sister is simply Four years outdated and doesn’t go to highschool but like I do. … We don’t have a papa anymore, so we don’t have a lot cash. All of us dwell in a single bed room that Mama rents from a pleasant girl. She lets us use one shelf within the kitchen and one in her fridge for our dishes and meals. Mama is on the lookout for work, but it surely’s been actually arduous for her to get a job. We don’t have any kinfolk or associates who dwell close to us to assist. Mama will get scared and generally I hear her crying at evening. I really feel unhappy that I can’t do something to assist make issues higher.

“Since we don’t have a lot house in our bed room, I feel Mama would really like it finest if we simply bought small presents to open on Christmas. Perhaps you can get us a very tiny plastic tree to placed on the ground within the nook? I’d prefer it to have white mild on it, if doable. I don’t actually perceive why you’d purchase toys and meals for individuals you don’t even know, however Mama mentioned generally actually variety, good individuals assist others.”

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 6-year-old lady: Her favourite coloration is pink. She enjoys dolls and coloring. She would admire a heat coat for the winter and a present card for footwear.
  • 4-year-old lady: Her favourite coloration is blue. She likes to play with stuffed animals and princesses. She would really like a tricycle and helmet and a present card for footwear.
  • Mom: Garments, meals, present playing cards for El Tremendous and Superior Marketplace for groceries. Her favourite factor to do is bake.

Household No. 1430

The top of the household is a single mom who works arduous to help her three youngsters. She works in a nursery in Orange County, rising vegetation and greens. Through the summer time, hours on the nursery are minimize, so she and her daughters transfer north to hunt work in fields prepping, planting and selecting fruit and veggies. Regardless of her work ethic, it’s a wrestle to make ends meet, and it’s tough to regulate emotionally and financially each time they transfer.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 12-year-old lady: Would love a curling iron, a Shoe Metropolis present card and a Ross present card for garments.
  • 8-year-old lady: Would love a bicycle, books and a Shoe Metropolis present card.
  • 3-year-old lady: Would love dolls, a child doll stroller and a “Frozen” doll.
  • Mom: Would love tub towels, a microwave and a toaster oven.

Household No. 997

The mom of this small household is battling colon most cancers. She has endured many rounds of chemotherapy because the starting of the yr and is beginning radiation remedy. She stays decided to beat the illness and return to work to help her daughter. Her daughter is aware of her mom is preventing to have the ability to look after her and get in a greater monetary scenario. A festive vacation meal, possibly some further meals to restock the pantry, some heat garments and a private present or two would make them very completely satisfied and grateful.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 14-year-old lady: Her favourite coloration is black. She likes shirts from Sizzling Subject and would really like a hoodie sweatshirt. She enjoys drawing and portray and likes physique spray from Victoria’s Secret. She additionally would really like present playing cards for Vans and Goal.
  • Mom: Would love a white bathrobe, facial lotions, fruit-scented candles, a Starbucks cup and present card, and present playing cards for H&M, Zara, Nike and Albertsons.

Household No. 1228

Mother and Dad are doing their finest to offer for his or her son, who has autism and a speech and language impairment. He requires an excessive amount of time, consideration and remedy, so Dad stays house to look after him and get him to his appointments. The mother and father wrestle to make ends meet and canopy fundamental dwelling bills on Mother’s earnings. Their priorities are lease and meals, and there’s nothing left over for extras corresponding to vacation presents.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 9-year-old boy: His favourite coloration is inexperienced. He likes superheroes, particularly Black Panther and Shazam. He additionally enjoys Minecraft and would love a skateboard.
  • Mom: She likes scented candles and lotions and purchasing at Bathtub & Physique Works. A present card for Sephora or Kohl’s and one for Goal or Walmart for groceries could be appreciated.
  • Father: He likes purchasing at Kohl’s. His favourite crew is the Minnesota Vikings. He would really like a present card for House Depot or Bass Professional Retailers.

Household No. 1400

This yr Mother gave beginning to untimely twins who had been born at 1 pound every. She knew she must cease working to maintain them. With Dad as the only supplier, their household of 5 has needed to make changes and is struggling to make ends meet. Tucking present playing cards right into a small purse, pockets or pair of socks would give them one thing particular to open on Christmas. Deciding on a couple of age-appropriate toys for the kids would convey smiles. A present card from Food4Less or one other low cost market would assist present meals for a vacation meal and a number of the staples they might want to get via the winter.

Household’s present want checklist:

  • 2-year-old boy: Likes Play-Doh, Legos, bubbles and Mickey Mouse and would admire books, garments and a present card for footwear.
  • Two 8-month-old women: Pajamas with buttons (for G-tube feeding), 8-ounce Dr. Brown’s bottles and measurement Three diapers.
  • Mom: Garments, a WSS present card for footwear, two child walkers and two child carriers.
  • Father: Garments, particularly shirts, and a present card for footwear from WSS, Shoe Metropolis or Goal.

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