As with almost anything this year, the Social Service Agency BCMW and WJBD-WSIQ Adopt a Family program is facing some special challenges with COVID-19.
So far 80 of the 211 families have been adopted representing 165 of the 562 children signed up for this year’s program.
Program Coordinator Tammy Chmielewski says they are still in need of those who would like to adopt a child or family as well as make cash donations to allow for others to do the shopping. The goal is always to try and have everyone adopted out in time to have most cases ready for pickup by early December.
The COVID-19 pandemic is preventing many of the student groups from their normal generous help. With many of those who normally help with shopping also unavailable, there is a need for those who would like to help with the shopping.
Max Dye, Inc. in Salem is doing a toy drive for the program. If you would like to drop off a new toy, you can do so through December 15th.
If you can help by adopting, making a cash contribution, or helping to shop, please contact Tammy at (618) 532-7388 extension 127. Checks to assist with the program made out to ‘Adopt a Family’ can also be dropped off at the WJBD-WSIQ studios at 310 West McMackin in Salem.