The Dodge City program that began it's quest for donations earlier this month to accommodate families with holiday meals closed out it's eighth year by generating more than $2,600 in donations, serving 37 families with ready to eat boxed meals, and changing the life of a single mom of three
The Dodge City program that began it's quest for donations earlier this month to accommodate families with holiday meals closed out it's eighth year by generating more than $2,600 in donations, serving 37 families with ready to eat boxed meals, and changing the life of a single mom of three. For the past seven years, the Adopt A Family program has made it its purpose to serve holiday meals to less fortunate families in the community and Tim Trent, Founder of Adopt A Family said this year was a huge success thanks to the community-wide effort that went into making the program possible. Furthermore, aside from personally delivering boxed meals, every year the program hones in on one family that is in need of a little more. Although unaware of the specific details that led to a single mom's need to "start over," Trent knew she was in need of help when he delivered her meal and there was no table for her or her three children to eat on. The trailer that housed the family of three was completely empty. "It was a real bad living situation. They were beginning to eat their meal sitting on the floor, Indian-style" Trent said. "We decided with a little overage we had in funds that we had to help them out." Trent personally donated unused furniture he had in storage at his home, including a coffee table, side table, ottoman and a recliner. With the help of his brother, the furniture made it into their home Friday evening, but they decided something else was missing. "We decided to try and find a couch," Trent said. "We went down to the flea market and it just so had it that an old friend of mine now owned the place so he marked down a sofa for us and gave it to us half off, so we loaded up the couch and put it in her trailer." The family is still in need of a stove, table and chairs but with the help of Adopt A family, they now have a house that looks a little bit more like a home. The funds raised were also used to purchase 20, $25 Dillon's gift cards that were handed out to approximately 13 families, some families received two gift cards because of their given situation. "I want to give a huge thanks to all the donors who helped out this year," Trent said. "A huge thank you goes out to Dillon's. Every year they go above and beyond to work with us including helping us box and load the meals Christmas Eve." Trent and program coordinator Bonnie Gobin are thankful that once again the program was able to make a difference in a families life and next year they hope to do it again. "I think a lot of us forget when we live in our little bubble that there's people that are not quite as fortunate," Trent said. "We need to always be mindful that a lot of people in this town are in need and we need to do all we can to help them out, to me, that's what Christmas is truly about."