12th Annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday PartyA 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.