The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share in the holiday spirit and bounty.

It’s easy to “adopt” a family. You can contact The Daily Reporter Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 262-6610 and let us know the number of the family you wish to “adopt.”

Then the fun begins.

You can shop for items on the wish list, wrap them up and drop them off at one of two drop-off days; Saturday, Dec. 6 or Saturday, Dec. 13, from 8:30 a.m. until noon on both days. The collection location will be at the Depot Building on the Clay County Fairgrounds.

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 14, the Spencer Volunteer Firemen, Spencer Rotary volunteers and area UPS employees will deliver the gifts to families.

It is not necessary to purchase everything on the lists. These are “wish lists.” However, all items donated need to be clean and in excellent condition, if not new. Wrapping the gifts is also appreciated.

Donations of food and cash are also welcome. All food donations will be split among the families, and cash donations are used to purchase gifts for families who may not be “adopted.” Cash contributions may be sent to the Holiday Family Adoption Program, in care of The Daily Reporter, PO Box 197, Spencer, Iowa 51301.

Food donations may include canned or boxed food items, paper goods, cleaning supplies or other non-perishable supplies.

This year the need is great, and success lies in the generous support of the people of Spencer and the surrounding communities.

Below is the list available for adoption. Call the Daily Reporter to select a family to adopt.

Family 57

Female, age 16: Size XL shirts, size 10 socks, games, books — Nicolas Sparks and Lorraine McDaniels, full size sheets (zebra).

Female, age 13: Size 2XL shirts, size 9-10 socks, games, puzzles, full size sheets, books — “Bridget Jones” and “Magic Treehouse” series.

Female, adult: Size 2XL sweater, cutting board, earth tone pillows.

Family 61

Female, age 15: Adult size S shirts, junior size 3 jeans, size 6-7 socks, likes makeup, jewelry, Christian music.

Male, age 13: Youth size XL shirts, size 12 slim jeans, socks size 5-6, likes trucks, racing, camo.

Female, age 11: Adult size S shirts, junior size 3 jeans, socks size 6-7, likes books and drawing.

Female, age 35: Size 2XL sweatshirts, sweatpants, size 22 jeans.

Male, age 37: Size L shirts, sweatshirts, size 31×30 jeans, socks 8-10.

Family 69

Male, age 48: Size 32×34 jeans, size L T-shirts.

Female, age 46: Size 14 jeans, size L T-shirts.

Male, age 16: Size 44×30 jeans, size XL T-shirts, sweatpants, books.

Female, age 14: Size 12-13 jeans, art supplies, paper, colored pencils.

Female, age 9: Girls size 12 or 16 jeans and shirts, knitting machine/yarn, markers, colored pencils, coloring books, Barbies/clothes.

Family 73

Male, age 13: Mens size XL hoodies, long sleeve shirts, size 38×32 jeans, socks, likes Legos, video games, fishing, outdoor activities and archery.

Female, age 39: Size 8.5 snow boots, socks, size XL long sleeve shirts, size 16 regular jeans, likes to read, crochet, crafts, baking, cooking, and coffee. Any household and toiletry items.

Family 77

Male, age 11: Mens elastic waist or 42×30 pants, Mens size XXL shirts, size 10.5 shoes, likes Legos, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, “Minecraft,” books.

Male, age 13: Mens elastic waist or 38×32 pants, Mens size XL shirts, size 11.5 shoes, “Minecraft,” sports things, books.

Female, age 9: Womens size L shirts, size 9-10 jeans or elastic waist pants, likes Monster High, art, music, books, coloring.

Family 80

Male, age 36: Size 4XL or 5XL winter coat, sweatpants, shirts, gloves.

Female, age 37: Size 2XL long sleeve shirts, size 20P jeans.

Male, age 16: Size 2XL shirts, size 38×32 jeans, books, games.

Female, age 15: Women size M shirts, size 7 jeans, size 8.5 winter boots.

Male, age 9: Boys size 10-12 shirts, jeans, size 5 winter boots, hat, gloves, trucks.

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