Our Adopt-A-Family program turned out to be a great success this year. Seeing the smiles on families’ faces made all of the meticulous work put in months ago worth it. One story that I will always remember is going to meet with donors to give gifts to a newly arrived Iraqi family. The joy on the kids’ faces as they opened their new Lego sets was indescribable and the families’ gratitude was immense. I saw these two families, who come from different sides of the world become friends instantly and talk for over an hour. The Iraqi family was so grateful for the presents they received, they invited the donor’s family (which included a former IRC intern) for Iraqi food in the future. This experience alone made me so happy to be a part of this program.