The Generous Season 2

Adopt-a-Family Program Needs You Now

The Rosen family of Dunwoody was looking for a way to help local children in need for the holiday season.  Through the joy of giving Jill Rosen wanted to teach her own children the value of helping others.

Rosen found the Community Assistance Center’s Adopt-a-Family program online and selected a family with two children of similar age to her own. Her family then shopped together to select gifts from the children’s wish lists. The Rosen family, like many others, are repeat donors who come back to CAC each holiday season to give gifts to children.

In 2014 donors from Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and beyond adopted 1,185 local children for holiday gifts through CAC. The CAC Adopt-a-Family program connects donors with families who have received assistance from CAC in the past year. Recipients are children of working families who are struggling to make ends meet and stay in their homes. In many cases they do not have extra resources for holiday gifts. Adopt-a-Family donors include individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, clubs and congregations.

Donors are asked to provide gifts from the children’s wish lists in amounts of $50 per child. While to some that may not seem like a lot, to the recipients it brings smiles, tears and thanks.

Recipients often leave notes of thanks for their anonymous donors. A mother of three left a note for the Sandy Springs Rotary which adopts many children through CAC’s Adopt-a-Family each year.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the presents for my children. You don’t know the happiness they will provide.”

Another family wrote, “My family would like to extend our greatest thanks and appreciation for your Christmas miracle. Thank you so much for bringing Christmas to our family in our time of need.”

The 2015 CAC Adopt-a-Family holiday season runs through the middle of this month. To adopt a family for holiday gifts please visit