Adopt-A-Family was a large part of my work this quarter. It had a lot of different parts to coordinate and could at times feel very stressful. However, every time I felt over my head with coordinating deliveries with donors or making sure every family was matched, a donor would come in a drop off presents to our office for the families and thank us for such a meaningful opportunity to share with their kids around the holiday season.
I also had the opportunity to join donors to drop of the presents directly to the families. One family in particular was an Iraqi family of seven. The donors brought a large car load of gifts to the family, who invited us in for tea. We spent over an hour at the family’s house watching a video of a family wedding celebration in Iraq and hearing stories about their time in Iraq. The family insisted the donor family return soon so that they could make them some Iraqi food. It was great to experience mutual generosity and the sharing of life and stories between two very different families.