December 08, 2013
The urbanMamas community has a long history of adopting a family, pooling resources to be able to offer another family the brightest of holidays. This year, my own family decided to adopt a small family, and I cannot tell you how powerful it has been from the beginning.
Our school district serves hundreds of children who are homeless. My kids and I went to the district office to adopt a small family - a mom, her 4-year old daughter and her 9-year old son. They don't have a wish list, but there are some suggestions on what to get them. Toiletries in a portable bag for mom including deodorant and bath gels. Compact blankets or sleeping bags that fit into a backpack for the kids, as sometimes there aren't enough blankets at the shelters. Speaking of backpacks: a pack or duffle bag that can easily fit all of these items for easy transport. Warm pants, coat, gloves, as the wintery season is now upon us.
The kids are putting love into thinking practically and sensibly about what the kids might love most. Toys with many pieces might be frivolous. Paperbacks instead of hardbacks? They are value shopping, thinking what can we get more for less? 3 pairs of socks for $3.99 versus 2 pairs of socks for $2.99.
As they write their own wish lists to send to family who ask for them, they start to think of how superfluous their requests might be. We live charmed lives, even if we feel like we cannot have everything we want. We do, basically, have everything we need. For this, we are so grateful.
This year, urbanMamas isn't hosting a family as a community, but there are many other opportunities to join other groups in their adopt-a-family efforts and wrapping parties. If you have a group looking for more participants, please post below!
For a glimpse on our adopt-a-family achievements in the past: