Families remain on list for adoption
During the past few weeks, donations have flowed into Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Pantry.
But Good Shepherd volunteers are looking for just a few more generous souls to adopt families for Christmas.
"We have, I think, 12 families that haven't been adopted," volunteer manager Lois Lee said Monday. "That is what we really need."
Lee encouraged anyone who is interested to call or stop by Good Shepherd, 304 E. Fourth, during the social services agency's hours -- 9 a.m. to noon every day but Thursday and Sunday.
About 40 families applied for adoption, Lee said.
Typically, people or organizations that adopt families purchase gifts for family members. In addition, they may provide Christmas dinner. Good Shepherd volunteers know the interests of the adoptive families, as well as the family members' clothing and shoe sizes.
"We do have quite a few people who come in, and the mother will say, 'Let me give you the kids' information.' But we tell her we need an interest of hers, too," Lee said.
Good Shepherd workers hope to have donated food and gifts at the agency next week. That way, volunteers can shop for any families that have not been adopted, said Lee.
More people than usual are seeking help, she said. But a food drive has been under way in the city -- and that has filled the food pantry.
"We had six classes at the elementary school who brought food over and toured the building," Lee said.
And even city firefighters got in on the act.
"We had a request from somebody there at Good Shepherd that we help them out, so we put out some boxes," said Dave Bennett, fire chief. "We took some big boxes of canned goods."
Earlier in the season, the shop had had a need for children's coats, but that has been filled, Lee said.