Upper Des Moines Opportunity sponsors and runs a program every year in O’Brien County called “Adopt-A-Family”. They run a similar program in Osceola County called “Sharing Christmas”. We talked to UDMO’s Amber Schurke. She says it’s a program that lets community members and groups or organizations provide holiday gifts for needy families.
She says it’s all anonymous and they only identify each family by a number. She tells us how the families are picked.
Schurke says if you or your family or business is interested in adopting a family, you can find the O’Brien County list at kiwaradio.com, and the Osceola County list on osceolacountydailynews.com. But she says you do need to call the Upper Des Moines office to tell them who you picked because the list is constantly changing.
Schurke says adopting a family is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
We asked her how many people the program serves every year.
Again, to find the list of O’Brien County families, you can click here, and then call Upper Des Moines at 957-1023 — or in Osceola County click here, then call 754-2573.
Once you have your family or families, buy the gifts, and then wrap each gift including a tag with the family number and who it is for, and put the family number in LARGE, BOLD numbers on all sides of the container in which you place the wrapped gifts.
Other counties have similar programs. Mid-Sioux Opportunity serves Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, Plymouth, and Ida Counties. In some counties, you can contact your local ATLAS office, where they handle a Christmas program for the less fortunate.