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Adopt A Fam­i­ly 2023: Cre­at­ing Warm Memories

Each year, KYC hosts an​Adopt A Fam­i­ly dri­ve to con­nect peo­ple we serve with extra hol­i­day cheer. 

For many of the clients and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers we serve, the hol­i­days can be a tru­ly chal­leng­ing time. They may be strug­gling to afford basic needs items or gifts for their chil­dren or fam­i­lies, or they may not have fam­i­ly or friends near­by with whom to con­nect; for these com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, the hol­i­days can exag­ger­ate feel­ings of stress, wor­ry, and loneliness.

Through our Adopt A Fam­i­ly pro­gram, we seek to con­nect the peo­ple we serve with much-need­ed and great­ly appre­ci­at­ed hol­i­day gifts, so that they can focus on achiev­ing their goals and find joy in the hol­i­day season.

Greater Than Gifts!

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Gen­er­ous com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers can pur­chase gifts or pro­vide gift cards for local indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to empow­er them to shop for items that they need. While the gifts them­selves can be essen­tial, we always hear from clients who receive gifts through this pro­gram that they get so much more than a gift: this pro­gram gives them con­nect­ed­ness to our com­mu­ni­ty, and makes them feel val­ued, remem­bered, and appreciated.

By mak­ing a gift to this pro­gram, you tru­ly make the hol­i­days for the com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers we serve together.

Bring Joy to Our Youth.

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Nina, 12, recent­ly joined her school’s vol­ley­ball team. She just start­ed play­ing and dis­cov­ered her love for the sport. Sports like vol­ley­ball allow Nina to build her con­fi­dence and resilience while mak­ing new, last­ing friend­ships. Dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, Nina was gift­ed a vol­ley­ball in sup­port of her new activ­i­ty. She was imme­di­ate­ly excit­ed when she saw her gift and want­ed to prac­tice right away. Gen­er­ous donors like you pro­vide Nina with a safe and healthy outlet.

Nathan, 10, was expe­ri­enc­ing anx­i­ety due to the changes that came from one of his par­ents los­ing their job. Unsure how he would be able to par­take in the tra­di­tion of gift-giv­ing for his sib­lings, Nathan was nom­i­nat­ed through our Adopt A Fam­i­ly event. With car­ing gifts like yours, he received a gift card which allowed him the free­dom and courage to gift some­thing small to his sib­lings, allow­ing his con­fi­dence to grow. Being able to par­tic­i­pate in this hol­i­day cus­tom gave Nathan joy.

Keep Seniors Warm.

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John, 70, is a recent wid­ow­er after being a care­giv­er for his part­ner, Char­lie. Liv­ing on a fixed income left John unsure of his options for sup­ple­men­tal care. After reach­ing out to KYC, he was pro­vid­ed many options like care coor­di­na­tion and home deliv­ered meals to con­tin­ue aging safe­ly in place after a major life event. John’s case man­ag­er noticed that he did not have a warm enough jack­et for the win­ter months. Thought­ful dona­tions from com­mu­ni­ty part­ners like you dur­ing our Adopt A Fam­i­ly event sup­plied John with win­ter gear to ensure he stays stays safe. 

Pro­vide Life Long Mem­o­ries to Local Families.

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Lola, a sin­gle moth­er with her 3‑year-old child, began to seek ther­a­peu­tic ser­vices at KYC. Lola was strug­gling finan­cial­ly as she recent­ly lost her job dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. She did not have the means to pro­vide hol­i­day gifts to her child. Her clin­i­cian nom­i­nat­ed her to receive sup­port through our Adopt A Fam­i­ly event. With kind gifts like yours, Lola was able to bring her child to her ses­sion where she received a gift for her. Being able to watch her child enjoy a hol­i­day gift pro­vid­ed Lola with a sense of com­mu­ni­ty and gift­ed her with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties of the holiday. 

Daniel, a sin­gle par­ent of 4 chil­dren, strug­gles with their men­tal health which made it dif­fi­cult to find and keep a job. Because Daniel was not work­ing and low­er-income, they were unable to gift their chil­dren presents for Christ­mas. Daniel’s clin­i­cian nom­i­nat­ed them to receive sup­port through our Adopt A Fam­i­ly event. With dona­tions by com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers like you, Daniel received a gift card which made it pos­si­ble to give some­thing small to each of their chil­dren to open on Christ­mas Day. Your thought­ful­ness helped to cre­ate a life­long mem­o­ry for Daniel and their chil­dren to share. 

Your Impact Changes Lives!

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Our com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers are so grate­ful for the thought­ful­ness and gen­eros­i­ty you give with each hol­i­day gift. Your gifts make a mean­ing­ful impact for our staff mem­bers as well! One of our Man­agers shares that she is grate­ful to our donors because their gen­eros­i­ty helps inspire clients and con­tin­ues to lift their spir­its. This in turn helps them to feel bet­ter in what­ev­er sit­u­a­tion they are fac­ing. Now more than ever, in a post-pan­dem­ic envi­ron­ment, when there is greater inse­cu­ri­ty with hous­ing and work. She empha­sizes that for clients that are expe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness or severe men­tal health chal­lenges, these gifts help bring a sense of com­mu­ni­ty and acceptance. 

Like­wise, a clin­i­cian who serves chil­dren and ado­les­cents extends her grat­i­tude to all of our won­der­ful donors who par­tic­i­pate in this annu­al event. She men­tions that it is always won­der­ful to be able to par­tic­i­pate in the Adopt A Fam­i­ly Event and to be a con­duit for the gen­eros­i­ty of our donors. The fam­i­lies we serve may come from many back­grounds, but one thing they all agree on is their desire to feel and do bet­ter. Through dona­tions like yours, we are able to pro­vide them with gifts that rep­re­sent the efforts they have put into mak­ing change in their lives and the lives of their fam­i­ly mem­bers. She says dona­tions like yours change lives, dona­tions like yours save lives. Your con­tin­ued gen­eros­i­ty gives us all hope for a bet­ter future.

We’re SNOW Grate­ful for Your Participation!

We are immense­ly grate­ful to all our com­mu­ni­ty part­ners and orga­ni­za­tions who sup­port this dri­ve both indi­vid­u­al­ly and as a group. If you, your com­pa­ny, or com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tion would like to learn how you can make a big impact togeth­er, please email our team.

Make Your Gift TODAY!

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Your tax deductible gift helps make the hol­i­days for an indi­vid­ual or fam­i­ly that KYC serves. Dona­tions made through this page will be used to pur­chase a gift card for a local com­mu­ni­ty to buy what they want or need most this hol­i­day sea­son. Gifts of any amount add up to make the hol­i­days brighter!

Please make a gift today. Make your gift below or con­tact our team to get the wish list for a fam­i­ly or per­son who could use extra sup­port this hol­i­day season.

We have hun­dreds of clients who we are hop­ing to have adopt­ed through this pro­gram. If we’re able to pro­vide a gift to each per­son nom­i­nat­ed to this pro­gram, any excess gifts will ben­e­fit our pro­grams or emer­gency assis­tance funds, which help indi­vid­u­als in need all year round.


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