Sunday, November 27th, 2011

12th Annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party

A few weeks ago, Susan and I sent out invitations for the annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party we host at our home. I can't believe it's next weekend. Our party is scheduled for Saturday, December 3. I mentioned this the last couple of years, 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 at least twice.

As the headline states, this year will be the 12th 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 once again be even greater then in the past.

So, 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. Over the last several years, 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 several local organizations, all donations are tax-deductible. Each year we're amazed at people's generosity.

Around 3-3:30 p.m., the early crowd drives over to Target in Lombard 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. I'm not sure if we have a niece and nephew who need service hours. We may have two extra sets of hands. 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. This year Susan has settled upon an Italian theme. I believe she has the menu set, but when I confirm, I'll post the details.

Tags:  food, holidays
One of the best holiday ideas I have heard about. So much about the holiday is what we are buying for each other when most have more than we need (me included). I love the idea of giving back and encouraging others to do likewise.
LGrant   Sunday, November 27, 2011
Those are very ambitious plans for just one day. Good for you and good luck with that!
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It always a lot of fun. Rewarding too.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, November 27, 2011
We have friends here in MN that do that too. A great way to help others out during the holidays.
Carol   Sunday, November 27, 2011
Always a wonderful project. This year we are making all our holiday donations to a family that lost their house to a fire two weeks ago. They had gone to work and school so no one was hurt in the fire but it was a log home that had been built several years ago by family and it burned to the ground. They had no insurance. We are gifting the grands but all the adults are getting a letter about how thankful we are for all our many blessings and the ability to share with this family of five.
dannie   Sunday, November 27, 2011
We give a donation to two or three charities based on several factors: The people at Bev's workplace makes a donation to a child related local group, (2), I always make a donation of some toys to the national Toy Drive called Toys For Tots because NCSU Head Football Coach, Tom O'Brian is on the national board, and lastly, our Sunday School Class has a dinner-auction and the proceeds go to help a needy local family as picked out by a local school teacher in the class.
BeanCounter37   Monday, November 28, 2011
LGrant, what a surprise! Thanks for your generosity! We really appreciate it!
Bill Pearch   Thursday, December 1, 2011
You are welcome. Hope it can help. You can share the cake (or not). :)
LGrant   Thursday, December 1, 2011
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