Over 80 families applied for assistance this past holiday season. The Los Alamos Adopt A Family Program was able to match every single family with a generous local sponsor family.
“We decided to do a trip this year and not presents for us, but it was a good excuse to still shop for someone who needs it more than us,” mom Talia Keller said. Alpha Zeta set up gifting headquarters at the Christian Church on East Road.
The Adopt-a-Family program was founded many years ago and has assisted many Los Alamos and surrounding area residents. In 2003, Margie Gillespie, longtime program coordinator, had to step down and the Los Alamos Alpha Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took on the challenge of coordinating the program.
“It’s one of our missions, to help people and pass it on to others. We love getting things for families in need to make them happy at Christmas,” mom Judy Nekimken said.
Nekimken brought in a bike and other goodies for a family in need.
The applying families come into the program through the Los Alamos Public Schools, which means one or more children in the family attend a local school.