Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

10th Annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party

This week Susan and I are getting ready to send out invitations for the annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party we host at our home. I can't believe it's just over one month away. Our party is scheduled for Saturday, December 5. I mentioned this last year, but with Thanksgiving between now and our holiday party, I always joke that every single plate, pot, pan, and piece of silverware receives a thorough cleaning.

This year will be the 10th anniversary party. The tradition started with Susan's college friends. Rather than purchase gifts for each other, they decided to do what their parents taught them and decided to share with others who are less fortunate. With the state of the economy, I'm sure the demand will be even greater this year.

How does it work?

Susan and I invite friends over for dinner on us. In exchange, our friends contribute a donation of non-perishable food items and/or daily hygiene items such as toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. These items are always in need at our local shelters. Yes, even in DuPage County. We also ask for a financial donation to purchase gifts for the family or families we adopt. In the past we have set a targeted donation amount. This year we opened the donation amount. We ask our guests to consider what they would spend to go out to a special dinner. Since we contribute to the Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry (a non-denominational organization) and the DuPage County Convalescent Center, all donations are tax-deductible. Each year I'm amazed at people's generosity.

Around 3-3:30 p.m., the early crowd drives over to Target and goes shopping. With lists in hand, we divide and conquer the store. Yes, guys buy the toys and the girls buy clothes. Slightly stereotypical, but it just works out better that way. We return to our house and wrap presents. Honestly, I've been banned from wrapping due to my inferior wrapping skills.

Around 7:30 p.m. it's time to eat. Since Susan has been in graduate school, we still haven't settled on a menu yet. Once we settle on a menu, I post the details.

Tags:  holidays
A great way to spread the joy. Don't forget to post how your Humzoo family can participate.
dannie   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Absolutely! My next blog will explain how Humzooers can help. I was so surprised with the generosity last year.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It's such a great event and good cause. Maybe I need to talk to my friends and see if we can do something similar though I wouldn't cook. Like your wrapping skills my cooking skills are inferior and banned from public usage. :)

Can't wait to hear how it progresses and how we can help again.
LGrant   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
that is awesome and a great idea.
Moore Crazies   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
If you can organize an event like this locally, I would recommend it. It's great way to help out and have a lot of fun, too.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Great Idea! We always donate to something for the holidays but helping out a family more directly might be the way to go this year.
Spike   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
That is an awesome thing to do!
justmeg   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Bill,even though you and I don't agree about Baseball, I think what you and your wife do is wonderful. My wife and I participate in the Marine Toys For Tots Campaign. We had not done this until 2 years ago when Tom O'Brian was named HFC at NCSU. He is on the National Board.
BeanCounter37   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Bill, one day during the running of the NC State Fair they have a free admission day, if you bring four cans of food.
BeanCounter37   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thanks folks. Yes, it's a lot of fun.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I can speak from experience that this is a great cause AND a great time! Susan is a fabulous cook and it's always a good time.
ozthegreat   Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thanks for the kind words.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, November 8, 2009
At the NCS/Clempson Football Game on Saturday between: Donations at the Gates, A Contest at Half Time and $250 for each TD scored the Toys for Tots for Tots raised about $40,000. Since my wife works with the Handicapped Population, we are going to give a Toy for that particular population. In years past, I have always given Caterpillar toys because our daughter's husband and boy friend works there,
BeanCounter37   Tuesday, November 17, 2009
That's nice, Bean.
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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