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54 FRIDAY. ECEMBER 2- r ~ONDAY, DECEMBER B 2011 CAPE LIFE Cape Ga ette ily O The holidgys are a natural time businesses and organizations to to think abQut others, e pecially volunteer or to donate by adopt- those less f rtunate. Th_q Human ing a family or an elderly person. Services CoUncil Inc., in partner- Tl:zey provide a holiday to kids, ship with tt e Delaware Depart- families and the elderly who ment of H alth and SoCial Ser- would otherwise go without. vices, is s4eking indigiduals, Without the support of the com- businesses organiz Ltions tO munity, we would not have a pro- help provi te holiday i ,ifts for gram." thousands df the state's children To adopt an individual or fami- and seniors living in pc verty or ly contact the Milford State Ser- in low-ificol ne househol is. vice Center at 302-424-7260 or Each hol day season donors email Shannon.Smith@ are anonyntously matc led to a Hours are 8 a.m. to senior or fe mily of one or more 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fri- children ttLrough the kIoliday day. Adopt-A-I'amily pl'ogram. The deadline to "adopt" a fam- Adopt-A-F amily prov: des the ily is Dec. 14, and all gift certifi- donor with :he age and [ ender of cates/cards must be delivered to each child in ghe fami y and a the Claymont Community Cen- brief description of the circum- ter or the Milford State Service stances tha! led to their need for Center by Dec. 22. Families who assistance. Me donor then pro- are adopted come to each loca- vides gift ertificates for the tionto receive their giftS. head-of-hoflsehold to in buy- In 2010, the Holiday Adopt-A- ing holidag gifts. The recom- mended gif is $100 to $125 per child, with ]a gift certif cate for the. parent ptional but Lhought- ful. "The bea lty of this pr 3gram is that it is bu! It on the eth c of rec- iprocity," sa d Dr. Anne t arley, di- rector of ti Division of State Service tters. ' dopt-A-Fami- ly pairs ind Mduals who are fa c- ing difficult times with :,omeone who is else in the]community able to shar and willing to give. Family program aids families in The progra n cultivates he ethic crisis - those struggling with ill- of giving black and of sharing, ness, homelessness, domestic vi- which at' core is the strength olence, poverty or unemploy- of us as a l eople and a com- ment. The program, begun in munity." ~ " 1973, is coordinated by the Divi- This is a ery difficullyear for sion of State Service Centers in our HolidOy Adopt-/ -Family all three counties. program given the growing. Beyond the Holiday Adopt-A- poverty unemp yment Family, there also are times when a family is faced with a crisis that Family program, through the leadership of the Human Ser- vices Councils of New Castle County and Kent/Sussex coun- ties, helped 4,058 Delawareans. Most of the beneficiaries are sin- gle-parent households, children and senior citizens. They are re- ferred to Adopt-A-Family by a sodial worker or case manager through state agencies and hu- man service nonprofit organiza- tions. Year-round, the Adopt-A- rate," Farley added. "Wt the generdsity of indi / 1 Accor lin to the U.S. C Bureal Se Del~ and more 200 uner ', rely on viduals, - _ _- ensus lhan requires monetary assistance. Fi- nancial assistance is considered for each individual household up to a maximum amount for speci- fied needs. For these times, Adopt-A-Fam- ily accepts financial donations. Checks can be made payable to: Human Services Council, Inc. and mailed to Adopt-A-Family, 13 SW Front St.i Milford, DE 19963. All donations go directly to assist families in need. For more information about Adopt-A-Family, go to or contact the nearest state service center. aFREE . onsultat,o" " n 698-5201 peGm