Adopt-A-Family is an Abundant Life Church program where you can bless a family in need by adopting them for Christmas. We match you with a family and ask that you buy specific gifts for the children ($40 for each child) from the Christmas wish list and also include a $25 gift card for the family from the wish list.
Gifts will be dropped off at your ALC campus in a contactless setting on designated dates the first week of December.
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Questions: What is adopt a family?
Answer: Adopt-a Family is an Abundant Life Christmas program where you can bless a family in need by adopting them for Christmas. We match you with a family and ask that you buy specific gifts for the Children ($40 each child) from the Christmas wish list and also include a $25 gift card for the family from the wish list.
Question: How are you being adjusting Adopt-A-Family with COVID-19?
Answer: We want to keep everyone safe. This year we are asking ALC families to deliver their gifts for their families to their ALC Campus on designated days. This will be a contactless drop off experience. We are asking families who are receiving gifts to come to a designated ALC Campus to pick up their gifts at designated times the following week. ALC will have a team to deliver the gifts to families who are not able to pick up their gifts at a designated ALC Campus.
Question: I called my family and they don’t speak English, what do I do?
Answer: Try calling after 3:30 pm. The kids will be home and quite often they can translate for you. Also try the alternate number on the wish list; it should be an English-speaking contact. Finally, try calling the ALC Adopt-A-Family team at (503)658-8271ext. 228 and they can help facilitate.
Question: I keep calling the family and no one answers or there is no voicemail?
Answer: Many of our families have an allotted number of minutes on their phone each month. Keep calling. Try calling on different days, times or on the weekend. Again, you can try the alternate number or the ALC Adopt-A-Family team at (503)658-8271 ext. 228.
Question: Do I have to buy everything that is on their wish list?
Answer: No, recommended spending is a minimum of $40 per child and getting the family a gift cards requested on the form. The wish list is a way to get gift ideas. Do try to get at least one of their requested gifts, as well as a combination of clothing items and toys.
Question: We went to their house and they have a nicer house/car/ furnishing then I do. Why where they adopted?
Answer: Poverty looks different in different places and we don’t know what is going on behind closed doors. Urban poverty can mean they don’t handle money well, parents lost their job or are ill, they are homeless, they are renting a room out of the house. There are many possible explanations, but they have been vetted. Trust that God brought you to that family for a reason.
Question: How do you find the families?
Answer: We work with Title 1 schools and partner with school counselors, and other school contacts to identity families who need help for Christmas. These families then opt into the program. Once they choose to participate, they are partnered with an Abundant Life family for adoption.
Question: How soon until I get my family emailed to me?
Answer: We do our best to match families as quickly as possible after receiving an application. You should receive your family soon after filling out the registration form. If you’ve registered and haven’t heard back, double check your email and the junk folder. If you still don’t find an email, let us know right away by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or coming to the Adopt-A-Family tables before or after services.
Question: I know a family that could sure use help this year or my family needs to be adopted.
Answer: Have them contact the church office at (503)658-8271 to request benevolent assistance.