The Christmas season provides numerous opportunities for individuals, families, and businesses to find a need and fill it. Two years ago, thanks to the faithfulness and generosity of volunteers and financial partners, we began a program called Adopt-A-Family.
This year we adopted 75 families. These are families that would not have received any gifts at all, if it were not for the Dream Center of Pontiac. We look forward to providing a meal to these families each week but there’s so much joy found in providing something over and above what they need. It’s that little extra bit that communicates exactly how valuable each person truly is.
None of the families knew they were being adopted until Christmas Eve. They showed up for a meal and to them it was just another Saturday evening. That is until we asked them to follow us and we escorted each family into a private room full of gifts. The way the kids reacted was priceless! We had tears, screaming, laughter and silence. You can imagine how the parents felt seeing their children so excited and happy.
Many of these families have felt like they are always fighting to survive so moments like these show them that we are a family and that we are here to walk alongside them during their struggles.
Thanks again to the various organizations, selfless volunteers, and financial partners for you generosity. This event could not have happened without your faithfulness to our mission to find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.