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Families gifted with generosity

Hundreds of local people connected this week - some gave, some received - but they all reveled in the season of giving. The United Way of Douglas and Pope (UWDP) Counties coordinated its annual adopt-a-family program and the office was stuffed wi...

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Local families in need went home this week with an abundance of Christmas gifts for kids – toys, clothes, blankets and lots more. The United Way of Douglas and Pope (UWDP) Counties was the collection site for hundreds of items that were donated by community members. Tuesday, Tabitha Kremmin (left), community impact coordinator, and Maria Haug (right), volunteer coordinator, helped sort and organize the donations that filled the UWDP office in Alexandria. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

Hundreds of local people connected this week – some gave, some received – but they all reveled in the season of giving.

The United Way of Douglas and Pope (UWDP) Counties coordinated its annual adopt-a-family program and the office was stuffed with donations – everything from toys to blankets.
This year, 181 families in need received Christmas gifts from local donors. Those families include a total of 510 local children. Last year, 307 kids were served by the program.
Donations included toys, clothes, shoes and more.
“Some kids asked for such simple things as blankets, but our donors usually do a great job finding something each kid can enjoy,” said Jessica Boyer, executive director of UWDP.
When families register for the donation, they are asked for details about what the child would like, along with clothing and shoe sizes.
A total of 67 adopters generously adopted a family and provided a variety of gifts and basic need items. Last year, 61 adopters helped with the cause.
“Thank you to everyone who helped make the holidays special for these families,” Boyer added.

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