More than 500 of the neediest families in Central Indiana are still waiting for families or groups to adopt them, and United Christmas Service is making a special push to make those matches happen.
So far, more than 1,200 families have been matched to groups who put together gifts of food, clothing and small toys to provide Christmas celebrations for families who would otherwise do without. Groups adopting families are encouraged to deliver their gifts by Monday, Dec. 19.
For people who would rather contribute financially, there is still a gap to close with that part of the program too, according to Ron Pearson, volunteer chair of United Christmas Service.
More than $180,000 is still needed to reach the $800,000 goal. Those funds help families not matched to donor groups with a $30 per person voucher that can be used for food, clothing, and/or small toys.
Each year since 1952, United Way of Central Indiana’s United Christmas Service (UCS) has helped those in need during the holiday season. Last year, more than 28,000 people benefited through both the adopt a family program and the vouchers.
To adopt a family or make a monetary contribution, go to www.uwci.org/ucs/. Or, send your gift to United Christmas Service at 3901 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.