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Still time to sign on to Adopt-a-Family effort

With campus offices already having committed to helping more than 30 families through the Children’s Aid Society this holiday season, organizer Mary Anne Beaudoin reminds the university community that it’s not too late to join in.

The Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society developed the Adopt-a-Family program to ensure happy holidays for local children. The society asks sponsors to provide clothing and food to assist families through the holidays and beyond, in addition to toys.

“The need is still there, so we are still hoping some groups will join us in spreading some seasonal cheer,” Beaudoin says. “Helping out like this is part of what makes it the most wonderful time of the year.”

Under the program, offices or individuals sponsor a needy family and pull together a gift package of food, clothing, and toys—items that are often difficult for families to afford. Sponsors may choose a small, medium or large-sized family or a child on extended care.

To adopt a family, contact Beaudoin at 519-253-3000, ext. 3240, or e-mail mbeaud@uwindsor.ca. You will receive a profile of the family members, a list of their wishes, and instructions to keep in mind when delivering your gifts. All gifts are due by Tuesday, December 1.