The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 7, 2013

Adopt-A-Family still is needing 9 more sponsors

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — About 9 families in this year’s YWCA Enid Adopt-A-Family program still await sponsors.

Lucy Gregorio, victim advocate at the YWCA Crisis Center, said the Adopt-A-Family program sees to the holiday for families currently staying at the agency crisis center, and those staying in the women’s halfway house as well as 15 community families.

Six families currently are staying at the crisis center and six at the halfway house, Gregorio said. Between both centers, there are 13 children at the moment, Gregorio said.

The program allows families in need to be matched with a family, organization or business that wants to give. Sponsors can shop for gifts themselves or donate funding and let the YWCA do the shopping.

Families to be adopted in the program have filled out an application and a wish list.

“We forward the wish list to whoever has adopted that family,” Gregorio said.

Kim Blankenship, executive director of YWCA Enid, said the crisis center has been running full for about the past month. It’s typical for the shelter to be filled during holiday season, Blankenship said.

She said interest in being selected for the program was high, as evidenced by the number of applicants on the day the agency took applications.

“We had way more than 15 families come in,” Blankenship said. “We had a line at 8 o’clock.”

The gifts go out to families shortly before Christmas.

“We ask if anyone is adopting a family, that their gifts be back in by Dec. 20,” Blankenship said. “We give them that next week to come pick them up.”

Blankenship said the Enid Post Office is donating 20 food baskets to the YWCA.

“We will pass them out to families in need,” Blankenship said.

Additionally, many community members have sent cash to help families at the crisis center.

“We’ve received many monetary donations and we are so appreciate of that,” Blankenship said.

Monetary donations to the program provide for such needed items as pajamas and clothing, hygiene items and the like, when families show up at the shelter with few or no personal items, Blankenship said.

For more information, or to adopt a family, contact the YWCA at (580) 234-7581.