GLADWIN COUNTY – Christmas Kindness’ number one concern this year is that many of our children, ages zero to 18-years-old, will not be “adopted,” or chosen, to have gifts purchased for them. Many churches and businesses that usually take a large number of our children have not sufficiently recovered from the COVID-19 crisis to keep those commitments this year. That leaves Christmas Kindness with the overwhelming challenge to find new churches, corporations, civic groups, school groups, and individual people, who haven’t been as affected by the virus, and then plead with them to adopt children or families in need in Gladwin County this holiday season.
According to Beulah Mead, the coordinator for Christmas Kindness, last year, 814 Gladwin County children were adopted, most of them by the first week in November. So far for this year, there are just over 300 children who have been adopted, but hundreds that will not be taken by past supporting churches and organizations due to COVID-19.
Christmas Kindness knows that there are factories in the area, with several employees, that would be willing to come to the rescue if only they were made aware. They also know that there are many churches in Gladwin County, with several attendees, who would love to give to children in need, if only there were someone guiding the process. “Let’s also not forget the many individuals in Gladwin County who are full of love and good will that just haven’t been introduced to Christmas Kindness yet,” said Beulah Mead.
Christmas Kindness wishes all to understand that they are absolutely not looking for corporations, businesses, civic groups, churches, or individuals who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis to help support Christmas Kindness this year. Instead, they need both Gladwin and Beaverton communities to help spread Christmas Kindness “adoption” awareness to those who have not been a casualty of this worldwide pandemic. “The success of bringing both warmth and joy to struggling Gladwin County families depends on it,” said Beulah.
For more information on how the “adoption” aspect of Christmas Kindness works; please call or visit the Christmas Kindness office any Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Christmas Kindness phone number is 989-426-9349, and the office address is 963 N. M-18, Gladwin. You can also reach Beulah Mead, Christmas Kindness Coordinator, at 989-418-8603 with any questions or concerns.
“We hope you will consider ‘adopting’ this holiday season,” said Beulah. “You’ll be glad you did! As always, thanks for your kindness to Christmas Kindness!”