Crisp fall air signals the coming of the holiday season, but Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery don’t wait for the change in the weather to begin preparations. The ninth annual Adopt-a-Family program is already underway. All it needs is a few perennial helpers to make it a success.
Each December, members of our community purchase holiday gifts for families who’ve faced extreme hardship in the past year.
Working from a personalized wish list, basic needs like clothing, blankets, toiletries and cookware are wrapped in love and given anonymously. Nursery families are also encouraged to dream beyond essentials. This makes the program especially fun.
Children request modest toys and books — often the first unused items they’ll ever own. Some families even hope for adventure — like train tickets or a night out for pizza.
Throughout the years, our program has offered a variety of benefits to families, always delivered with dignity. This year, we hope to reach at least 20 such families.
Individually, such a donation might be daunting. That’s why many of our regular donors are clusters of folks like book clubs, churches, neighborhoods and teachers. Pooling resources to adopt a single family inspires a sense of kinship and internal gratitude.
Among our most generous supporters, Fleet Feet Davis (in partnership with New Balance Shoes) will, once again, donate a pair of new footwear for every family member. They are incredible community partners and we thank them for their continued commitment.
We’re also excited to welcome a new partner this year — 3rd Street Jewelers — which will host a giving tree. Ornaments at the store will detail individual gifts needed for our tiny clients as well as items needed at the nursery itself. Look for our November column for more details.
Nursery families have often called our donors “angels,” and they’re right. Giving Christmas to a child who otherwise would go without is a tangible symbol of hope amidst intense crisis.
If you and your loved ones can help make December the most wonderful time of the year for others, please contact Sherry Richter at 916-594-7220 or email@example.com.
— Becky Heard is past president of Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. Her column is published monthly.