Community Asked to Help Families This Holiday Season

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 10/24/2012 - 20:02


The Saline Area Social Service’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program is underway for the 47th consecutive year. SASS is a private, non-profit organization that was started 51 years ago to serve residents in the Saline Area School District, which encompasses close to 100 square miles. The Adopt-a-Family program has also grown over the years, last year helping a record number of over 350 clients, half of these being children from newborn through high school.  As the economy still struggles, we expect an even bigger number this season.

"Our community has a history of helping our local Adopt-a-Family program be successful year after year. We not only provide a brighter holiday season for children, but include seniors, moms and dads, and other needy adults who greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness of a small gift as well as gift cards to a local grocery store or other local stores," said Mary Ann Doneth, a Saline Area Social Services board member.. "We also make sure that clients remain anonymous to protect their privacy."

Numerous local businesses, organizations, staff and students within every school building, sports teams, churches, neighborhoods, the staff at Saline city hall and the Saline Police Department, and average residents of the greater Saline area have become loyal adopters over the years.

Those who wish to adopt a family, with or without children, or a single adult are asked to purchase an outfit for school or play, sleepwear, underwear, socks and a toy or other special request for each child and one gift for each adult family member or single person.  Each adopter will be given details about the family so appropriate gifts are purchased.  Names will not be disclosed. 

SASS asks donors to bring the gifts with boxes and wrapping paper to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 122 W. Michigan Avenue in Saline on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4-6 p.m. or Monday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Please note this additional Sunday drop-off time. Clients will come to the church later in the week to pick up their gifts. The staff at St. Paul’s has generously offered the addition of their spacious basement as Adopt-a-Family was outgrowing the main floor.

“This added space will allow our many volunteers to not bump elbows and to more efficiently organize the multitude of gifts our donors bring,” said Debby Hendricks, SASS board member.

Monetary donations for the holiday program may be sent to SASS, P.O. Box 404, Saline, MI 48176, marked “Holiday Adopt-a-Family.: If monetary donations exceed the holiday’s needs, 100 percent of the excess money will be used for assisting clients throughout the year.

Eligibility requirements for assistance from our Adopt-a-Family program are proof of residency within the school district and having a gross monthly income of no more than $1,670 for one person, adding $577 for each additional person in the household.  If you, or anyone you know, meet these criteria and would like help this holiday season, please call the agency at 429-4570 for further information or refer to our website at

For further information on how to adopt or help with the holiday program, contact Linda Duvall, program chairperson, at 734-429-9301 or email her at [email protected].  In addition, please view our website at


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