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Catholic Charities ‘Adopt-a-Family’ Program Underway - Hudson Valley News Network

Goshen – Thanks to the generosity of donors, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County (CCCSOC) helps make the Christmas season a little brighter each year for the children and families it serves through the annual ‘Adopt-a-Family’ gift program.

Now in its eighth year, the not-for-profit human service agency matches families selected by Catholic Charities’ case managers with donors who “adopt” them for Christmas.  Last year, more than $200,000 in Christmas gifts were distributed to 3,200 children and families throughout Orange County.

Throughout the fall, Catholic Charities collects the names and details of families in need that include children age 12 or under. Information includes such things as age, gender, clothing size, special interests, and possible gift suggestions. For children age 12 and under, it is requested that the gift include an outfit (shirt & pants) and an age-appropriate toy.

The details are then provided to those donors who have volunteered to “adopt” a family for the holiday season.  Adoptees are frequently businesses, scout troops, school groups, office co-workers, classmates, civic groups, adult siblings, and families – anyone who is looking to create a brighter Christmas for a youngster this year.

“Catholic Charities is proud to coordinate the adopt-a-family program each Christmas,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of CCCSOC. “It is our good fortune to have friends and neighbors in Orange County who have warm hearts and giving spirits who want to lend a helping hand, especially during the holiday season. By creating connections through Catholic Charities’ adopt-a-family program, we’re able to make it a merrier Christmas for all involved,” continued Dr. Scher.

Those looking to adopt a family should contact, Ali Curtis, Director of Catholic Charities’ Parish and Community Outreach. She can be reached at 562.4733 or by emailing

Family gifts should be returned to Catholic Charities for distribution to families no later than December 16.

“Every parent seeks to create happy Christmas memories for their children,” said Curtis. “The reality is, however, it’s not always easy for some families. But, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to help families in need create memories that last a life time.”

Donors have included adult siblings who no longer exchange family gifts and colleagues who want an alternative to the office gift exchange. Many donors also supplement their family’s gifts with holiday food baskets and gift cards to make the season even more special.

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to coordinate this program each year,” added Curtis.

Anyone looking to have a family added to the “adoption” list should work with their case manager to have their information shared with Ms. Curtis.

Gifts are distributed by Catholic Charities employees between December 16 and December 23.

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