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Interfaith hosts “Holiday Adopt-a-Family program

Interfaith Community Services staff and volunteers, led by CEO Greg Anglea (center) gathered for the nonprofit’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program. As part of Interfaith’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program, local families and volunteers joined together to bring joy to families in need this holiday season by providing gifts and resources to meet basic needs. The families were anonymously matched with “adopters” who fulfilled their wishes. This year, Interfaith had 130 sponsors who “adopted” more than 630 community members.

At its annual Holiday Open House over the weekend Interfaith Community Services distributed gifts to over 600 individuals and families this holiday season due to the participation of 130 donors in the organization’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

The gift distribution happened Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Interfaith’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program, where donations were collected from participating donors, as well as celebrating the holiday season with food, music, and decorations.

“Year after year we have an incredible number of donors and volunteers who come to spread the joy and peace of the holiday season with those who otherwise might not experience it,” said Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services.  “Being able to come together and see the smiles that this program delivers to our clients – not to mention some of the incredible holiday gifts they receive – is especially  inspiring during this magical time of year.”

The Holiday Adopt-a-Family program is an annual Interfaith tradition where the most disadvantaged individuals and families we serve are nominated by staff to participate. The individuals and families are then anonymously matched with generous “adopters” who fulfill their wishes for the holiday season and provide them with unimaginable comfort and support. This year, Interfaith had 116 “adopters” who “adopted” over 600 individuals!

Anglea added, “That Interfaith is able to provide a way to connect donors and volunteers in the community to those who may need a little extra help during the holidays, is really powerful.”

One of Interfaith’s 130 adopters, Soroptimist International North San Diego is an example of a group that gets together to adopt a large family. Adopting a family is a fun and rewarding experience that can be shared with friends and coworkers to bring holiday cheer to a family in need. Shown, from left: Nancy Eastman, Soroptimist International North San Diego; Sister Owsley, Interfaith volunteer; Cheryl Pappadackis, Soroptimist International North San Diego; and B Hernandez, Interfaith Development Associate.


Girl Scout Troop 1243 arrived to donate sack lunches at the same moment that a rush of adopters came in, so they donated the sandwiches and then stepped in to assist the Morgan Run Tennis Team who had adopted three families. The troop leader commented, “A Girl Scout always steps up and steps in to help.”

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