By: Ashtun Welling
Around the late 1980’s Ripley High School started being a part of helping out with those less fortunate to have a good Christmas. Before it was Adopt-A-Family RHS participated in Toys-For-Tots. Students would bring in a toy to enter the basketball game. To watch a teacher versus students basketball game. This is also when it changed to a volleyball game instead of a basketball game. Adopt-A-Family is an organization that helps parents give gifts to their children on Christmas. These families usually struggle with daily tasks such as providing clothing, food, and shelter. FFA and FBLA have both chosen to adopt families this year. Some teachers and students are also participating through their churches or families.
FFA is helping out again this year with his FFA kids. They chose to adopt six kids in total out of two families. The club raises the money by having the Critter Dinner on December 11. If they don’t meet their goal, the students themselves bring in gifts for the children. Then they have a wrapping party that is held on December 15.
“If you aren’t a part of club that is sponsoring a family, FFA will gladly accept your donations,” said senior Pheobe Rawson
If you or your club decides to sponsor a family, you receive a description of all the members. This description includes clothing sizes, ages, and personal wish lists. The most commonly needed items are winter clothes or cleaning supplies. The sizes of the family usually ranges from 4-5 members. You must drop off any donations at WVUP before December 18. According to Christy Crowell, people typically spend $120-400, you must include receipt, so Adopt-a-Family can send you your tax deductions. No used items are accepted because, while the thought is nice. Christmas is a time of new beginnings and gifts. Also gift cards to stores like Krogers they must have a balance of $25-100, this is because food drives cannot accept turkeys or any kind of frozen items.
“Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Adopt-A-Family will send you a tax donation letter to the address you provide below as soon as you drop off your gifts. Just make sure you have an additional copy of your receipt, including the one you turn in to the families,” said Christy Crowell.