10th Annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday PartyThis 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.