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Laverne Hudson does not want the phone to stop ringing yet.
The member of the Catholic Women’s League co-chair of the Adopt a Family Christmas hamper program still has many families in need for adoption this Christmas.
“I’m at just over half of the hampers needed,” she said, pointing out the program takes pressure off the Dauphin and District Community Food Bank (DDCFB) and the Angel Tree program.
“The more I can do, the easier time it is for their finances. So there’s still lots of families out there that can be adopted. I don’t want people to stop phoning.”
Hudson encourages any family or organization interested in adopting a family to determine the size of family they can support, for example parents with one child, three children or 10 children.
Then Hudson will assign them to a family and give them a grocery list, plus the ages of the children.
“I always tell them the basics have to be in the hamper first and then if you wish, you can add whatever you want. But the basics need to be filled first,” she added.
The shopping list is basically dry goods, Hudson said, as the hampers will be stored for a couple of days, then perishables will be added on pick up day.
The turkey, chicken or ham is provided by DDCFB, she said, along with bread, milk and potatoes.
“The Knights of Columbus donate most of the milk and then the food bank takes care of the rest,” Hudson said, noting hampers are dropped off at Dauphin Friendship Centre, Dec. 18.
The program also has knitters who donate mitts, toques and scarves that have been donated each year, she said, which are included in the hampers, if needed.
Intake day is busy, Hudson noted, with volunteers at DFC for about nine hours.
Each family is given a number and adopters must attach that number to all the boxes and the packages donated, she said, to ensure the correct family gets the hamper.
Hudson will invite families and organizations to check out the work volunteers are doing during intake day.
“It can be quite impressive when you see all these boxes lined up for all of these families,” she said.
A basic hamper for a family with one child costs about $100, Hudson estimated, adding if adopters are shopping the sales, they may do it for a little less.
“But then you have some extra money to put extras in if you wish,” she said, adding a gift is expected to cost at least $20.
“Because it might be the only gift they get, you don’t know that for sure. So we try to give them something that will make their Christmas a little happier.”
About 20 volunteers for the Catholic Women’s League assist the program, Hudson said, by delivering letters to organizations and businesses, taking phone calls, as well as at intake and delivery days.
“We’d like to thank all of those people and the organizations who have adopted already and wish everyone a Merry Christmas,” she added.
To adopt or volunteer, contact Hudson at 204-638-6013 or at adoptafamilydauphin@gmail.com.

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M. A. Nyquist
REPORTER
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