Marty and Donna Mackowski, who spearhead an annual drive in their Sausal neighborhood of Portola Valley for the Salvation Army's "Adopt-a-Family for Christmas" program, report that increased participation from Portola Valley Forum readers helped make this year's drive a success.
Portola Valley Forum is an online newsletter that goes out to all Portola Valley residents.
This year the program received $5,590 from 38 cash donors and $5,600 from 13 family adopters for a total of $11,190.
Each year the Salvation Army provides a list of families that have very little for their children during the holiday season. Family members are identified by first name only, and their ages, sizes and wish list are included. Volunteers shop for gifts, which are delivered to the Salvation Army a week before Christmas.
This year, in addition to the usual holiday gifts, the Portola Valley neighbors were able to supply much-needed household items, such as microwaves, beds and cribs. Many families burst into tears when they received their gifts, according to Ms. Mackowski.
Remaining funds were donated to Shelter Network, the Ecumenical Hunger Program and other charities. Jill Halms and Tom Sabel once again held a gift-wrapping party.
Joining the Mackowskis in thanking the community are Susan Adams and Gloria Morris.