This year was the 43rd annual Adopt-A-Family event. The event took place on December 20-23 at the Orange County Fairgrounds and involved the helping of more than a thousand families, according to the staff.
The Adopt-A-Family is a program created by Share Our Selves (SOS). The event has taken every year since 1970 and has been employed by people who volunteer just for helping those in need of happiness and material needs.
Items such as toys, bikes, and food were given out to families that were recommended by teachers, principals, and schools in the Newport-Mesa District. The families filled out a wish list and then turned then in to the SOS foundation. The foundation would them match the list to people who were willing to “adopt” the family and then present them with the gifts that they asked for. This allows for all families to enjoy a wonderful end of the year.
Families that aren’t adopted are then asked to be adopted by churches, schools, companies and any other institution that is capable of supporting them. This helps to ensure that nobody is left out of the process. To help the process, dozens of generous people came to the O.C. Fair and Event Center to help and if last year’s event was any indicator of time dedicated then an allocated amount of more than two thousand hours of volunteer hours were graciously spent.
"I wanted to thank you and SOS for all the help during these challenging times for me. But what was very important to me is how much you have given of yourself with your kindness, warmth and genuine concern; and that is the true meaning of charity when one gives of him/herself. I was not just another case or another number, I was a person that was treated with dignity," said a recipient of charity from Adopt-A-Family.