Adopt A Family Manatee County

Adopt a Family Partnering with Salvation Army

“To everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven……”

In 1982, Joe Kane, a guidance counselor in Bradenton helped to connect families in need with families who would be able to help them at Christmas.  From that simple beginning has grown the largest all volunteer Christmas charity in Manatee County, who each year carries on the tradition of connecting those in need with those who can help.

Through the years we have helped almost 100,000 children; wrapped over 500,000 gifts; had thousands of adopters, donors and hundreds of volunteers; used miles of paper and tape, and thousands of boxes; made countless trips to the stores; mailings and distribution days and never forgot how blessed we were to be able to connect neighbor to neighbor when one was in need.

Do you need help this Christmas?

Families interested in registering with Adopt A Family this year need to be aware of some major changes. Applications will be taken the week of September 22 - 26, between 11am and 7pm on Monday and Thursday and 9am to 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The location has changed to the Salvation Army Center at 5328 24th St East, Bradenton (just off State Road 70). Please see our attachment for a list of the items you need to bring when you register.

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As we have grown we have faced enormous challenges, upgraded, computerized and revised what we could; stretched your donations by making wholesale purchases; secured relationships with those who provided us with warehouse space and moving; and learned about social networks. However in 2013, our core group of volunteers faced the facts that increased age and decreased physical ability meant we could no longer continue as before. We realized that we needed to affiliate ourselves with someone who had a continuing source of human resources.

After much thought and discussion, we approached The Salvation Army to see if they would be willing to partner with us to carry on the name, the mission and most of all the help for our families. We have operated as colleagues for years, sharing ideas and lists between their Angel Tree and our Adopt A Family. Much to our joy and relief, they were enthusiastically open to the idea of joining our two organizations.

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Adopt A Family will still function with our name and serve our families, but it will be managed by The Salvation Army as a separate entity and in a separate location from the Angel Tree Program. AAF will operate in the much the same way we have before, with our applicants, our volunteers, donors and adopters. Our mission remains unchanged: “To provide Christmas gifts for the children of qualified, lower income, homeless or needy families in Manatee County.”

AAF has had strong support from the community; generous donors and adopters; volunteers who are exceptionally giving of their time and talents, and a reputation for excellent service to those in need. Combined with The Salvation Army the impact on our community will be even greater and hopefully will continue for years to come. With your continued commitment to Adopt A Family, its best years lie ahead.

There is no way to adequately express our feelings at this time. We are so grateful to have worked with this wonderful organization; we are overwhelmed with the support our family of donors, adopters and volunteers have given to us; we are so appreciative of the generosity of The Salvation Army in their willingness to take on this additional responsibility and we are beyond thankful for the opportunity we have had to be a part of Adopt A Family.

From the Board of Directors for Adopt a Family August, 2014

Kim Duty, President
Patti Peotter-Bettes, Vice President
Jim Gay, Treasurer
Linda Miller, Secretary
Judy Drinan
Elaine Henneberry
Diane Juncker
Carol Williams