During the holiday season the churches in Holyoke and Imperial participated in the “adopt a family program.” The program is a combined effort through Social Services in Holyoke via church groups and individual donors to provide food, clothing and toys to families in need. Through the combined efforts of the brethren in Holyoke and Imperial, we were able to help two families in the Holyoke area. One family has seven children; the other family has two children with one on the way.
Shonna Kafka put together the effort, making known the needs and collecting the items. She, along with Ben and Caleb, delivered the baskets Monday, December 21 to the families we adopted. To say the least, they were overwhelmed at the generosity of the “strangers they didn’t even know.” Each family received a very large box with food items that included basic necessities from food stuffs to cleaning supplies along with the toys and clothing items we provided. The local library provided books, and The Holyoke Market Place provided a turkey and a gallon of milk. Finally, we were able to provide significant gift certificates ($300 +) for each family to the local grocery store and smaller gift certificates to the local pharmacy.
The following is a reprint of the “Card of Thanks” published in The Holyoke Enterprise.
How blessed we are to be living in such a giving community. With recent vehicle issues and money continually getting tighter, we were still able to get moved into town and provide a Christmas for our children thanks to the generosity of more people than we could possibly count or even know all their names. Your giving nature has meant the world to us over the past weeks and we would just like to say thank you to all of you.