Ravenswood Adopt-A-Family prepares for helping needy families this Christmas

Sally Carter, Ravenswood Adopt-A-Family
Special to Jackson Newspapers

This will be the 63rd year for the Adopt-A-Family for Christmas program in Ravenswood.

The wheels have begun to turn once again for this annual effort that embodies the best of what the yuletide season is about —sharing, caring and giving.

The program attempts to provide a full Christmas to those in the area who would otherwise be deprived. Adopting groups and organizations provide food for Christmas dinner, toys for children and clothing for family members. Those adopting a family do not know who they are helping and don’t actually deliver their presents to the needy family.

A screening committee reviews the needs of area families. If approved by the committee, the family’s needs are publicized so the family may be “adopted” by a church group, social organization, local business, plant workers or others.

The local ministerial association and The Ravenswood News (now The Jackson Star News) have sponsored the program since its inception in the 1950s. One of the prime goals of Adopt-A-Family has been to maintain the dignity of the people being helped while providing a Merry Christmas for members of the adopted family.

Sally Carter will again be serving as project coordinator. The Policy Committee has met to establish the rules for 2021 distribution.

Deliveries are being coordinated by Jason Baltic and will be made on Christmas Eve beginning at 8 a.m. The deliveries are made by members of local fire departments, Army Reserve units and many local volunteers.

The kitchen area of the Ravenswood Fire Department will serve as the receiving area.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will not be accepting used clothing, used furniture or used toys. CDC regulations will be followed.

Applications for the Ravenswood Adopt-A-Family will be available in the foyer of The Jackson Star News office, 410 Race St., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.