Adopt A Family FAQ’s
WHO IS ADOPT A FAMILY?
You are! Adopt A Family is not an organization or church ministry, but rather an opportunity for your family or connect group to Bring Light this Christmas season.
WHAT IS ADOPT A FAMILY?
Financial hardship, job loss, or family illness can cause a burden that can prevent them from providing their family the Christmas they’d hope to. This is one way we can reach into our community with the love of Christ by providing groceries for a holiday meal or presents for a family. You can even do both if you’d like!
HOW DO I ADOPT A FAMILY?
Grace does not connect you with or provide names of families to adopt. Pray and discuss within your family or connect group if this is something you will commit to. If so, awesome! Think of those around you that you have relationships with, family, friends, neighbors or acquaintances with that you know are struggling heading into the Christmas season. Once you have identified the family you will adopt, you can remain anonymous or contact them.
WHAT DO I DO?
If you contact them, share with them what Christ means to you, what He’s done for you and your family, and that you’re doing this to show His love for them. If you are going to provide gifts, ask for a list of gift ideas for the kids, and don’t forget the parents! You are not expected to provide everything on the idea list, and you can make substitutions based on the budget your family or connect group has decided on. If you’re providing a meal, ask if there are any food allergies to be avoided. Include a personal invitation to our Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 3pm.
If you choose to remain anonymous, gift cards might be the best gift idea, but also include a note letting them know God cares for them and loves them and an invitation to our Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 3pm.
HOW WOULD WE PROVIDE A HOLIDAY MEAL?
When providing a meal, a simple way is to purchase gift cards at a local grocery store. We would suggest a modest amount of $10 per family member. You can also provide canned goods, produce, and other non-perishables for them to prepare their own holiday dinner. Another option is to purchase a gift card for a complete holiday dinner prepared by a grocery store or local restaurant.
DO YOU HAVE GIFT CARD IDEAS?
Gift cards are always a great idea, especially for teenagers. This allows the kids or the parents to shop for the gift themselves. Think of retailers like Target, Amazon, Walmart, or clothing stores. You could also include Starbucks, In N Out, or Chick Fil A. Retail Visa or MasterCard gift cards can also be purchased. Consider $35-$40 per child. It’s usually a good idea to avoid bank-issued gift cards because of the fees for use and expiration date.
IS THERE A DEADLINE?
We would suggest that you deliver what you have decided to provide no later than December 21st. This will allow the family time to make their preparations and plan to be at the Christmas Eve service.
Thank you for opening your heart and your hands to those around you, and demonstrating the love of Christ in a tangible way that Brings Light to a family and home in our community!
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