Ravenswood Adopt-A-Family Headquarters, located in the kitchen area of the Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department, opened Monday, and help will be needed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“If you have a few hours to volunteer, please come down and help out,” organizer Sally Carter said.

At this time, there are 24 families that need to be adopted by churches, organizations, and individuals to provide Christmas for the kids and food for a good Christmas meal.

When the screening committee met on Thursday, they approved 11 new applications, still have three on “hold” for further investigation.

Applications are still being accepted and may be picked up at The Jackson Star News office, 410 Race St., Ravenswood, during regular business hours. Wednesday, Dec. 13, will be the last day applications can be picked up. The final screening committee meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 14.

Only emergency applications will be accepted after Thursday, and they must be picked up at the headquarters at the fire station and returned to that location.

Donations of good, gently used, clean clothing, toys and household items may be brought to headquarters, and volunteers will begin with sorting and sizing of clothing for the families who have been adopted by churches, organizations and individuals.

Donations of clothing and other items can only be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 14. On Friday of this week, volunteers will begin selecting clothing, toys, and gifts for the families that have not been adopted by other groups.

If you only have a couple of hours to donate, come on down to the fire station and help with this part of the Adopt program. Any amount of time will be greatly appreciated, Carter said.

Families for adoption at this time are:

Family No. 3 – There are two people in this residence, an older lady and a girl age 14. Both need clothing, gifts for the girl, cleaning supplies, and food for two.

Family No. 10 – There are three people in this family, a mother, a father, and a girl age 14. They need clothing for all, gifts for the girl, and food for three.

Family No. 12 – There is one lady in this household. She needs clothing, a small remembrance, and food for one. This lady could also use blankets, towels, and wash cloths.

Family No. 13 – There are two people in this household, a grandmother and boy age 12. They need clothing, a full-size bed, gifts, and food for two.

Family No. 15 – There are two people in this household, a man and woman. Both need clothing, a small remembrance, and food for two.

Family No. 16 – There are three people in this home, a mother, a father, and a girl age 4. They need clothing, gifts for the girl, and food for three.

Family No. 19 – There are five people in this household, a mother, a father, and boys ages 15, 16, an 18. They need clothing for all, gifts for the boys, and food for five.

Family No. 22 – There is one lady in this household. She needs clothing, a small remembrance, and food for one.

Family No. 30 – There is one gentleman in this home. He needs clothing, a small remembrance, and food for one.

Family No. 39 – There are two adults in this family, a mother and a daughter. They need clothing for both, a small remembrance, and food for two.

Family No. 41 – There are two people in this family, a father and a boy age 18. They need clothing for both, a small remembrance for each, and food for two.

Family No. 46 – There is one man in this home. He needs clothing, towels, and wash cloths, a small remembrance, and food for one.

Family No. 47 – There is one lady in this home. She needs clothing, towels, and wash cloths, a small remembrance, and food for one.

Family No. 48 – There is one lady in this home. She needs diabetic socks, a small remembrance, and food for one.

Family No. 51 – There are five people in this family, a man, a woman, and girls ages 5, 7, and 10. They need clothing for all, gifts for the girls, and food for five.

Family No. 55 – There are two people in this home, a man and a woman. Both need clothing, a small remembrance, and food for two.

Family No. 57 - There are two people in this household, a father and a son age 18. They need clothing for both gifts for the son and food for two.

Family No. 58 – There is one lady in this home. She needs clothing, a small remembrance, and food for one.

Family No. 59 – There are four people in this family, a mother, a father and boys ages 6 and 8. They need clothing for all, gifts for the boys, and food for four.

Family No. 60 – There are four persons in this household, a father, a grandmother, a boy age 9, and a girl age 7. They need clothing and gifts for the children and food for four.

Family No. 62 – There are three people in this home, a mother and girls ages 9 and 16. They need clothing for all, gifts for the children, and food for three.

Family No. 64 – There are three people in this home. They need clothing and gifts for boys ages 8 and 12, and food for three.

Family No. 66 – There are four people in this household, a mother, a father, and a girl age 14, and a boy age 7. They need clothing and gifts for children and food for four.

Family No. 69 – There are two people in this home, a mother and a son age 15. They need clothing for both, gifts for boy, and food for two.

Church groups, individuals or organizations that would like to adopt one or more families for Christmas should give Mrs. Sally Carter a call at 304-273-9251 or 204-273-9897 after 6 p.m. She will try to match their wishes with a deserving family.

Families already adopted are:

Family No. 1 – Adopted by North United Methodist Church.

Family No. 2 – Adopted by First Baptist Church.

Family No. 4 – Adopted by North United Methodist Church.

Family No. 5 – Adopted by First United Methodist Church.

Family No. 6 – Adopted by GFWC Ravenswood Civic Club.

Family No. 7 – Adopted by First United Methodist Church.

Family No. 9 – Adopted by the Bragg Family.

Family No. 11 – Adopted by First United Methodist Church.

Family No. 14 – Adopted by Ravenswood Council No. 12634 Knights of Columbus, St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Family No. 17 – Adopted by Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church.

Family No. 18 – Adopted by First United Methodist Church.

Family No. 20 – Adopted by Ravenswood High School Future Farmers of America.

Family No. 21 – Adopted by Ravenswood Council No. 12634 Knights of Columbus and St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Family No. 23 – Adopted by the Knopp and Nesselroad families.

Family No. 24 – Adopted by Ravenswood Lions Club.

Family No. 25 – Adopted by Evergreen Hills Freewill Baptist Church.

Family No. 26 – Adopted by Silverton Grange No. 506.

Family No. 29 – Adopted by Ravenswood Council No. 12634 Knights of Columbus and St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Family No. 32 – Adopted by Grace Episcopal Church.

Family No. 33 – Adopted anonymously.

Family No. 34 – Adopted by Grace Episcopal Church.

Family No. 36 – Adopted by Independence United Methodist Church.

Family No. 37 – Adopted by Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene.

Family No. 38 – Adopted by First United Methodist Church.

Family No. 40 – Adopted by Liverpool United Methodist Church.

Family No. 43 – Adopted by Silverton Grange No. 506.

Family No. 44 – Adopted anonymously.

Family No. 45 – Adopted by Silverton Grange No. 506.

Family No. 53 – Adopted anonymously.

Family No. 70 – Adopted by Premier Bank of Ravenswood.