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Adopt a Lanterman Family Update: 35 Lanterman Families Still Need to be Adopted for the Holidays

Thank you to everyone who has adopted a Lanterman family for the holidays. We are two-thirds of the way to our goal of getting all of our neediest families adopted for the holidays, but with one week left before Christmas, there are still 35 families remaining. As you go about your final holiday preparations, please take a moment to remember those in need and consider adopting one of the remaining families. Despite the difficulties these families are facing, show them that the true spirit of the holidays is still alive, and help them partake in this festive time of year.

To adopt one of the remaining families, contact Karem Chacana at 213.252.4924 or hafs@lanterman.org.

Adopt a Family and Show Them That You Care This Holiday Season

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Each year, through Lanterman’s Holidays are for Sharing Adopt-a-Family program, the Center’s neediest clients and their families are adopted by other members of the Lanterman community, including other families, staff and service providers, and also the general community.

This year we are reaching out to the entire Lanterman community, as we have triple the number of families waiting to be adopted and we need your support to help make their holidays merry and bright.

There are a couple of ways to adopt a family, including:

- donating food cards or a food basket to be given to a family, and/or

- selecting a family and purchasing toys, clothes and other items, and working with the Center to ensure the items get to the family you adopted.

“It’s an annual tradition for our team to adopt a family,” shares Edward Perez, family support specialist. “We work with the family’s service coordinator to identify what the family is most in need of, usually it’s clothes, but over the years, we’ve heard stories of children with no toys to play with, nothing warm to wear for the winter, and families that cook dinner on a hot plate, need a heater for their apartment, a car seat, etc. Some of the stories you hear are heartbreaking, and while you can’t solve all of their problems, by adopting them for the holidays, you know that you at least made a small difference in a family’s life. You’ve given them a little bit of hope, showed them that someone cares, and this can go a long way.”

If you are interested in adopting a family or learning more about how you can support the program, contact Karem Chacana at 213.252.4924 or hafs@lanterman.org.