Sunday, November 30th, 2014

15th Annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party

I can't believe our annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party is just days away. Our party is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 at our house. Since we host Thanksgiving and our holiday party, I always joke that every single plate, pot, pan and piece of silverware receives a thorough cleaning at least twice between the two events.

This December will be the 15th annual party. The tradition began 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.

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 families we adopt. Initially, 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 2 p.m., the early crowd heads 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. We even have a niece and nephews who needed service hours. We can always use those extra sets of hands. Then we return to our house and wrap presents. Honestly, I've been banned from wrapping due to my inferior wrapping skills. Don't worry, I'm not offended. That's just better for everyone. I'm glad to be serve as a runner. It's a win-win situation for everyone.

Around 7 p.m. it's time to eat. I'm not sure what the dinner theme is yet, but regardless, I can't wait.

Tags:  food, holidays
Sounds like fun and a long standing tradition. Our Sunday School Class has a Dinner Auction type event on a Sunday evening. The Auction will raise a a four figure amount and it is spent on various activities that the church supports, one of which is the Local Relief Fund.
BeanCounter37   Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Very cool, Bean.
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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