(HARLAN) The deadline is approaching to get applications in for the annual Shelby County Holiday Adoption program.
Dena Mathews, Shelby County Outreach Coordinator, said the program is designed to help families who are facing financial hardships and unable to afford Christmas dinner or new toys or clothing for their children.
“We are just hoping to address the needs of these low income individuals, families and children during the holidays and other times of need,” said Mathews. “A lot of people don’t know that there is such a great need out there in our community.”
The program is available to families who qualify for the heat assistance program, which means they are at or below 150% of poverty and is limited to families who are age 65 or older or have children age 18 and younger. Mathews said if the family meets those guidelines they are eligible for this program.
“The program is completely anonymous, we just take down information such as the gender, age, clothing sizes and individual wish lists from each family that applies,” explained Mathews. “Then members in the community who are interested in adopting these families will get a copy of that wish list and are able to either purchase the items that they’ve listed or at least get some type of idea to know what their interests and needs are to purchase for them.”
The deadline to drop off an application is December 5th. Applications can be picked up at West Central Community Action Shelby County Outreach Office at 1018 6th Street in Harlan. For those adopting families, gifts need to be dropped off by December 19th.
Mathews said a turkey voucher program is also available for families who may not qualify for this particular program.