Share Your Christmas program seeks kids to adopt

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Barry County OACAC is looking for kids to adopt for the Share Your Christmas program. Interested families will have an opportunity to sign up at the OACAC Barry County Neighborhood Center, 700 E. Highway 248, Cassville.

"This community amazes me with the involvement they put into Share Your Christmas, it's just like a big puzzle," said Gail Reed, Barry County OACAC director. "All these people have all these jobs to do, and each one is a piece of the puzzle. At the end of it, on Dec. 18 this year, it all fits together and nearly 400 kids get Christmas."

The Share Your Christmas program is designed to give Christmas presents to kids who otherwise might not be able to celebrate the holiday due to family circumstances. Parents can sign up for the program that reaches kids from birth to age 18 as long as the child is still in high school.

Sign-up will be held at the OACAC Neighborhood Center during regular business hours through Nov. 22. Sign-up will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 3 p.m. on those days.

Parents are asked to bring Social Security cards for every household member and proof of income for the month of October. Income sources include wages earned, Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support, pensions, Veteran's Administration benefits, retirement and unemployment. It is required that all the applicable items listed above be made available at sign up to be eligible for the program.

"If there's a need we're going to make sure those kids get helped," said Reed. "Sometimes the family might have a good income, but there are horrible bills for some reason, medical bills for example, we take it on a case by case basis."

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