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Adopt a Family in Need this Holiday


Children’s Home + Aid in Bloomington, Illinois is looking for participants to help with their annual holiday Adopt-a-Family program. This holiday program will benefit families in need served within Children’s Home + Aid’s Central Region.

For over 30 years, The Adopt-a-Family program has been providing families in need with assistance during the holiday season. It is a comprehensive program as it provides families their household needs, clothing needs, as well as a “wish list” item or two. Last year, this holiday tradition helped more than 180 families, as well as the Scott Early Learning Center and the Butterfly Project, which received generous donations of gifts and supplies. This year, with the continued global economic downturn there are more families in need. With the growing number of families in need, there is a greater need for participants—including donors and volunteers.

How you can help:

  • Adopt an individual or family. Each donor is provided a list of necessities for an individual or family. They then shop for the items on the list and deliver the items to the Wrapping Center.

  • Donate items from the Special Needs List. Provide a donation of loose gifts to help families during the holidays and throughout the year. Download the Special Needs List.

  • Provide a monetary donation. Funds raised for the Adopt-A-Family Program are combined to provide for families who have not been adopted or for those having needs exceeding their donor’s giving potential. >donate

  • Volunteer. Volunteers are needed to check-in gifts to ensure the family’s needs are met, wrap the gifts and prepare them for delivery to the recipients in time for the holidays. Volunteers may also use monetary donations to shop for those who have not been adopted.

The Wrapping Center is located at 2901 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL. The center will be open from Monday, November 4, 2013 to Wednesday, December 18, 2013 (we will be closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving). The hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To adopt an individual child or family or to make a monetary contribution, please contact Laura Cordero, Adopt-a-Family Coordinator, at 309-433-4620 or email

To volunteer, please contact Larissa McIlvain, Development & Volunteer Associate, at 309-834-5294 or email

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