ECHO is once again looking forward to assisting low-income families in need this year through their Adopt A Family program. Individuals and organizations are asked to consider adopting one or more families to help provide hope and joy during the holiday season.

Families that are served by ECHO are on limited incomes and struggle to afford their basic needs, such as rent, electricity, transportation, and food. The holiday season can bring on even more stress to a family, adding extra expenses to the budget. Without the benefit of holiday programs, many families would not be able to have the pleasure of waking up to their children’s excited faces and squeals of glee after seeing gifts under the Christmas tree.

Families are picked randomly by the ECHO staff, then given a “wish list” to complete. Items include clothing, toys, and household necessities. Once a “wish list” is completed, it is assigned a family number and matched to a donor. Donors receive the list with first names, ages, and any other relevant information needed to be able to purchase gifts for their chosen family. ECHO asks that 2-3 gifts are bought per family member, and donors only adopt a family that fits within their own budget.

To adopt a family, please contact Jessica Locher at 754-5333 or by November 11 to receive your family’s wish list for Black Friday shopping. ECHO, as well as the families who have participated in the Adopt A Family program, greatly appreciate all the individuals and organizations that have generously adopted a family in years past. We are looking forward to working with you again and making this holiday season a memorable one for many families.

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