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Adopt a Family Affected by Hurricane Sandy for the Holidays

Stop by the Forked River Presbyterian Church on Monday, Dec. 17, Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. for more information

Lacey Residents can now “adopt a family” that was affected by Hurricane Sandy for the holiday season.

A Christmas tree stands inside the Forked River Presbyterian Church with paper bells hanging on the limbs as ornaments. The bells read “Family #7,” “Family #12,” and “Family #14”—all of which have been displaced by the superstorm.

Katie Spera of Lacey Township is overseeing the project and developed the idea after volunteering on one of the Lacey United Methodist Church’s clean-up teams.

“It’s more of a community effort,” she said.

Churches throughout town have banned together, assisting displaced families, and referring them to Spera, she said. Each family is then contacted and asked what their needs are.

The families receive a number, which is depicted on one side of the bell, while their “wish list” of necessary items such as clothing is listed on the backside of the bell.

The program is confidential and names of the families in need are not revealed, Spera said.

Out of 14 families, as of Wednesday night, three remained on the tree.

Spera is currently seeking out more families to add to the tree, she said.

Families affected by the hurricane can stop by the church and sign up or call Spera at 732-552-8350.

Those who would like to adopt a family can also stop by the church during the above timeframes to pick a family off the tree.

Spera will be at the Presbyterian Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. as well as Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through Friday, Dec. 21. 

Those dropping off gifts for their adoptive families are asked to go to the church on Monday, Dec. 17, Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The rules for those adopting a family:

  • Only new items
  • Presents can be wrapped or unwrapped, if wrapped please make a list of the items bought
  • Drop off presents between Sunday, Dec. 16 through Friday, Dec. 21
  • Please try to keep equal number of presents for each child.

Spera is also asking for donations of wrapping paper, scotch tape and Christmas tree nametags.

The Forked River Presbyterian Church is located at 131 North Main Street in Forked River.

Abby Normal December 07, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Is there any way I can adopt a family now because those dates make it almost impossible for gathering all that's needed.
Katie S December 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I am there every Mon/Wed/ Fri from 5-8 pm from now until the 21st. Those dates are only the drop off dates which Im asking people who adopted families to please drop the presents off then.
grace December 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
anyone there during the day?
Katie S December 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
On Saturdays from 9 to noon
Nicole S December 10, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Is there still families to adopt? If so I would like to!
Katie S December 11, 2012 at 01:55 AM
At the moment, there is none left. But I'm working with other organizations and businesses around town and should have more names on the tree by fri/sat. I have a waiting list and if you would like to be on it, please give me a call so I can get your number.
Katie S December 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
No more people on a waiting list to get a family to adopt they have all been taken care of and I will continue to receive more names that need to be adopted, please if you would like to adopt a family give me a call.

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