48th Annual Adopt A Family
This holiday season marked the 48th year of Share Our Selves’ Annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. In 2017, the Adopt A Family Program connected donors with more than 1,500 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.
Hundreds of families and organizations made Adopt A Family a part of their holiday tradition in 2017. Participating donors provided each child in the family with at least two new gifts and a complete holiday dinner. In addition to our donors, various companies, schools and religious organizations held food and toy drives, which assisted SOS in providing a memorable holiday for the families that were not adopted.
This year SOS was able to deliver Christmas gifts and a hearty meal to 1,505 families with over 4,745 children from 62 local schools and organizations. SOS would like to extend a big thank you to our amazing volunteers who put in an incredible 2,610 hours over many months. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the many families, companies and organizations that adopted families and held food and toy drives, as well as the numerous volunteer and staff members who worked tirelessly at the OC Fair & Event Center packing and sorting boxes of gifts and food. It is because of the support of the community that SOS was able to make this a Merry Christmas for families that desperately needed a little holiday cheer.Messages of Thanks:
From the bottom of my heart I want to express a great gratitude for adopting my family. You truly put a smile and a lot of joy in myself as well as my children. Thank you SOS and the family who adopted us and made it happen.”
Our family is really grateful that there are people like you on this earth. People that go out of their way to care for others. You brought a smile to our faces with your generosity. We hope that one day we can do the same and bless a family like you blessed us.