Adopt A Family event spreads holiday cheer

The holidays are brighter this year for many BEDS clients thanks to the kindness of strangers, who provided gifts and more during our annual holiday party. Children and adults alike were all smiles when they received gifts, food, necessities, holiday decorations and more as part of this year's Adopt A Family program during our Holiday Giving campaign.

Several individuals, families, community groups and other donors provided gifts for BEDS clients and families this year, including Evolent Health, Bolthouse Farms, Aspire Living, St. John of the Cross, La Grange Bible Church, St. Cletus, Holy Guardian Angels and First United Methodist Church of La Grange.

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic meant the annual holiday celebration could not be held in person. But this year marked a return to an in-person celebration so Santa's elves were busy behind the scenes to make sure the holiday party was a hit with those who were able to attend.

In total, more than $10,000 worth of gifts, food and other items were donated through the Adopt A Family program this year. Families with children were not the only clients who benefited, either. BEDS clients sheltered temporarily in motels and those who were newly housed also were on the receiving end of the donations.

Aside from Christmas gifts, donors and community groups also donated gift cards to local fast food restaurants and items such as coats, hats and scarves. Donors even made sure families had other holiday essentials, such as Christmas trees and holiday decorations.