The Christmas season is not far off and, to most of us, this time of year means gifts, bountiful feasts and holiday glee. But not all Deerfield residents are so fortunate.
West Deerfield Township is seeking area residents, groups or organizations to help low-income Deerfield families have a Merry Christmas by anonymously sponsoring those families that otherwise would have very little to put under their tree. "Our recipients have been particularly hard hit by the country's current economic conditions," said Julie Morrison, West Deerfield Township supervisor.
"We're still looking for individuals, families, businesses and other groups to 'adopt' a family. Sponsors are given a 'wish list' from the families (who also remain anonymous) giving the gender and age of the people in the family along with appropriate information such as clothing sizes. Sponsors can use the wish list as a guide or provide age-appropriate presents like toys and gift cards.
According to Morrison, gifts should be wrapped, identified as to the recipient, and dropped off by Dec. 13 at the township office. Township staff will arrange for the pick-up or delivery of the presents.
For Deerfield residents who wish to help the less fortunate but aren't able to sponsor a family, donations of unopened, non-perishable food and food gift cards are always welcome at the Food Pantry.
"We hope you will be a part of this wonderful community-supported program," Morrison said. "That has brought smiles to those without the means to provide holiday gifts for their children, and a warm heart to elderly living alone on very restricted incomes."