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Get on Santa’s “nice” list: helpers needed for campus adopt-a-family effort

You may hear it said that the holidays are for children. The Adopt-a-Family program of the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Foundation works to make that ideal a reality, and is looking for sponsors across the university community.

Mary Anne Beaudoin in the office of Public Affairs and Communications coordinates the campus Adopt-a-Family effort. The foundation requests that sponsors focus on food and clothing as well as toys. These items are often financially difficult for the families to obtain. Sponsors may also include a gift for the parent or the home as well.

Sponsors may choose a small, medium or large-sized family or a youth on extended care. Small families consist of a single parent and child; a large family may have two parents and four children. A youth on extended care is an individual over the age of 16 years old, living independently, attending school and trying to manage on a very limited budget.

To adopt a family, contact Beaudoin at 519-253-3000, ext. 3240 or e-mail

You will receive a profile of family members and their wishes, with a list of things to keep in mind when delivering your gifts. All gifts are due by Wednesday, December 10, in front of Essex Hall—a truck will take delivery of donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.