Archive for Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Thrift shop seeking a few more elves

Families remain on adoption

December 1, 2004

Usually by this time of year, all of Santa's elves have volunteered their services to help the needy.

But this year, things are a little tighter, said Dorothy Korb, a co-director of the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop and Food Pantry.

"We still have 10 or 12 families that need to be adopted for Christmas," Korb said Monday.

The good news is, 24 families have already been spoken for. Their sponsors range from individuals, to families, to clubs and churches.

But for the 12 families that remain without sponsors, Christmas could be bleak.

"We have two different families that said their kids didn't have a Christmas last year and they sure wanted them to have something this year," Korb said.

Families sign up for the Christmas list for various reasons, Korb said.

"We have parents that are on disability, we have quite a few one-parent families and they do have a hard time making it," Korb said.

And some families just don't bring home enough to fill their family's needs.

"They may be working, but not able to make enough," Korb said. "Some of these families don't even get $1,000 a month and if they pay rent and things, they just don't have enough money."

Each adoptive family receives food for a Christmas dinner and clothing, along with toys for children.

So presents can be distributed before Christmas, the items need to be at the thrift shop by Dec. 15, Korb said.

Because the thrift shop's pantry is well-stocked now, thanks to the generosity of many donors, including Tonganoxie Elementary School students, no food is needed at this time.

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