Santa checking list twice at North PoleHelping local children through the Adopt-a-Family charity campaign is a sure way to get on Santa’s “nice” list.

Still time to brighten holidays by adopting a family

With campus offices already having committed to helping 32 needy families 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 Foundation developed its 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 campus effort so far is promising but far from a record, says Beaudoin.

“Some people were very quick to respond this year,” she says. “But of course, there is more need in our community and I am hoping all areas that participated in the past will agree to help out again.”

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 financially difficult for the families to obtain. Sponsors may choose a small, medium or large-sized family or a youth on extended care.

To adopt a family, contact Beaudoin at 519-253-3000, ext. 3240, or e-mail You will receive a profile of family members, a list of their wishes, and instructions to keep in mind when delivering your gifts.

All gifts are due by December 6 — a truck will take delivery of donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.