SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2019)  The 2018 holiday season was made a lot brighter for 270 children thanks to the generosity from more than 80 donors who donated over $26,000 in gifts and cash.  In total, 75 families, including 270 children, were adopted, making 2018 a milestone season for JFCS’ annual Adopt-a-Family program, which began in 2004.

“There is no greater gift than the gift that gives back,” said Karen Wain, JFCS director of volunteer services and community outreach.  “The incredible generosity from the donors truly made this an exceptional year for the families and children who were blessed to receive their gifts.”

Since 2014, more than 900 children from 335 families have had their holidays made merrier through the Adopt-a-Family program.

As JFCS CEO Heidi Brown states, the Adopt-a-Family program brings Sarasota’s generous community together – it is about the real spirit of giving.

JFCS Adopt-a-Family

JFCS Adopt-a-Family

Photos (L to R): Karen Wain (L), JFCS director of volunteer services, joins Candace Ferris (R) in accepting gifts donated by Shutts & Bowen Law Firm.  More than $26,000 in gifts and cash were donated and then distributed to 270 children from 75 families. (photos courtesy of JFCS).

About JFCS: 

Founded in 1986, JFCS of the Suncoast is a community-based and client-centric, non-profit organization that gives help to the most vulnerable. Fully accredited, JFCS works to provide holistic solutions and stability to people in crisis through mental health and social services. JFCS serves more than 5,700 individuals each year in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier and Lee Counties through counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach, case management, basic life necessities, financial aid and life skills education programs on a secular, non-denominational basis. For more information, visit www.jfcs-cares.org or call 941.366.2224.

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