Holiday Family Adoption Program focuses on gift of Christmas

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Holiday Family Adoption Program, a Spencer-area holiday staple, allows generous area families, businesses and service groups to share the holiday spirit and bounty. Thanks to the generosity of area families and businesses, approximately 80 area families will be gifted with items to help make this Christmas season a little bit brighter.

Lists of families available for "adoption" will be published in the Daily Reporter. These families are gathered through Upper Des Moines Opportunity, and the program is completely anonymous.

To "adopt," simply call the Daily Reporter at 262-6610, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and let us know what family you would like to adopt. It's a good idea to have several possibilities, as families may already have been selected. Then the fun begins! You shop for items on the list, wrap, and label with the family number and member, for example, "Family 34, son, 10 years old." It is not necessary to purchase everything on the lists. New or very gently used items are accepted.

Additional families will be added to the list until approximately 80 families are adopted, so if you don't see a family you wish to adopt, you can wait for more to be added.

There will be two drop-off opportunities, Saturday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The drop location will be The Depot on the Clay County Fairgrounds. All of those who adopted a family must drop off their gifts on one of these two dates. Placing the multiple gifts in a larger box helps to facilitate the delivery.

On Sunday, Dec. 17, the Spencer Volunteer Firemen, volunteers and area UPS employees will deliver the gifts to families.


Female, age 7mns. 24mns. snowsuit, clothes, blocks.

Male, age 12. 2XL shirts and sweatshirts, XL shorts, sweatpants, pjs, socks, Nerf.

Male, age 9. XL shirts, 36 pants, pj bottoms, sweatpants, Star Wars, Legos, crafting items.

Male, age 39. Throw blankets, flashlight, screwdrivers.

Female, age 31. Crockpot, picture frames, throw blankets.


Male, age 13. 30/30 jeans, mens M shirts/hoodies, size 12 socks, size 12 shoes, Dragon Ball Z stuff/books, Anime stuff, skate boarding stuff, twin bedding.

Male, age 9. Size 12 jeans, shirts, hoodies, size 5 shoes, Pokemon stuff, twin bedding, scooter, Zelda stuff, games, Legos, Minecraft toys.

Female, age 4mns. 6/9mn. clothes, dresses, size 2 or 3 diapers/wipes, Baby Magic, crib bedding, pink or girly headbands.

Male, age 38. 42/32 jeans, 3XL shirts/hoodies, coat, size 12 shoes, art supplies, tools/toolbox.

Female, age 34. 4-5XL mens shirts, 3XL sweatpants/ black stretch pants, dishes, Pizza Pizzaz, scrap booking stuff, wall décor.


Female, age 29. L-XL clothes, bath towels, crockpot.

Male, age 13. 18 pants, shirts, hoodies, books, Legos.

Female, age 12. 16 pants, shirts, books any JoJo, arts and crafts.

Female, age 10. 10 pants, shirts, books, fidget spinners, arts and crafts.

Male, age 9. 8 pants, shirts, Legos, books, Pokemon, Nerf.

Female, age 7. 7pants, shirts, Barbies, books, dolls, coloring books.


Female, age 16. 30x32 jeans, XL shirts, socks, hair brushes, likes Supernatural, crafts, being outdoors.

Female, age 14. Size 9 socks, size 14 hoodies, likes artsy things, crafts, ag related items.

Female, age 12. 12-14 pjs, shirts, 14 boys jeans, socks, likes sports.

Female, age 10. Size 5 socks, likes to draw and play with animals.

Male, age 8. 8-10 jeans, shirts, socks, likes cars, trucks, Batman, Nerf guns.

Female, age 39. XL long sleeve shirts, household - bathroom supplies, likes campfires.

Male age 40. 2XL shirts, size 11 socks, Harley Davidson/biker stuff, coat hangers, outdoor camping/grilling.


Female, age 33. L shirts/sweatshirts, pots and pans, bath towel set.

Female, age 11. Jr. size M shirts, sweatshirts, leggings, anything owls, makeup, nail polish, hair stuff.


Male, age 3. 4-5T shirts, pants, dinosaurs, fine motor skill games.

Male, age 30. XXL clothes, socks, tools, towels.

Female, age 37. XXL clothes, food, essential oils, silverware.


Male, age 33. XL-2XL clothes, books, towels, games, blankets.

Male, age 18mns. 2T-3T clothes, pjs, toys, books.


Male, age 13. L coat, M shirts, S athletic pants (no snaps or zippers), hat, gloves.

Male, adult. 2X coat, XL tall shirts, 36x34 pants, bath towels.

Female, adult. Size 12 pants/jeans, XL shirts, 1XL coat, apron.

Family. Queen and full size bedding-all, dish towels, bath towels.


Female, age 11. Girls XL leggings, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, socks, size 4/6 jeans, Barbies, art supplies, chapter books, sled, bike.

Male, age 11. L long sleeve shirts, hoodies, sweatpants/athletic pants, socks, chapter books, sled, Iowa Hawkeyes, football, Nerf gun, skateboard, bike.

Female, 9mns. 12mn clothes, learning toys, crawl through tunnel, learning crawl around car, Fisher Price smart puppy.

Male, age 34. 38x32 jeans, 2XL shirts/hoodies, XL sweatpants, tools, Iowa Hawkeye stuff.

Female, age 34. King size sheets, dinner dishes and glasses, dish towels, wash clothes, toaster.


Male, age 11. 10/12 shirts, mystery books, Legos, anything to build and create things.

Female, age 4. Size 5/6 clothe, hoodies, hair things, loves to color and paint. Very girlie.

Male, age 4. Size 5/6 clothes, dinosaurs, Superheros, loves to paint.

Female, age30. M pjs, Art supplies, craft supplies, blankets.

Male, age 39. L pjs, work gloves, Dallas Cowboys.


Male, age 9. 10/12 pants, 14/16 tops, socks, Nerf.

Female, age 39. M hoodies, pjs, movie passes, hair items, nail items, fuzzy blankets.


Female, age 13. Size 14 pants, shirts, Shopkins Happy Place, Shopkins Crazcels, Legos, makeup, fidget spinner.

Male, age 3. 3T/4T pants, shirts, Batman pjs and shirt, socks, Paw Patrol, Batman toys, toy cars, Peppa Pig toys, fidget spinner.

Female, age 39. Fuzzy blanket, picture frames, waffle iron.


Female, age 9. 9/10 coat, clothes, craft kits, jewelry making, nail polish, makeup.

Female, age 8. 8/9 hoodies, clothes, makeup, hair clips, markers, colors, modeling clay.

Male, age 3. 4T clothes, trains, tractors, Spiderman, cars, tractor loaders.

Female, age 31. S sweaters, candles, dishes, body wash.


Male, age 13. XXL sweatpants, winter coat, hoodies, Axe body wash.

Female, adult. XXL hoodies purple/black, winter coat, blankets, pillows, curtains, towels.


Male, age 14. 14-16 jeans, shirts, coat, pjs, Pokemon, RC cars, Hawkeyes.

Male, age 11. 14 jeans, shirts, coat, pjs, Pokemon, RC cars, Hawkeys.

Female, age 9. 8/10 jeans, coat, pjs, girly stuff, earrings, nacklaces.

All kids: coloring, painting, stuffed animals, blankets, twin size bedding, bikes.

Male, age 33. 4X zip up sweatshirts, coffee pot.

Female, age 36. Household supplies, candles, body wash, full size bedding.


Female, age 12. 14/16 jeans, shirts, Shopkins, puzzles, arts and crafts stuff.

Male, age 10. 8/10 jeans, shirts, cars, trucks, Pokemon stuff.

Female, age 32. L sweatpants, shirts, household stuff.


Female, age 39: 26/28 elastic waist pants, 4X shirts, lotions, perfume.

Male, age 43. XL shirts, pj pants, 36x32 jeans, flashlight.

Male, age 16. XXL shirts, L pants, 36x32 jeans, cologne, body wash, size 14 shoes.

Male, age 14. 4XL shirts, pj pants, XXL elastic pants, body wash.

Female, age 12. XXL 18/20 shirts, 16/18 high waisted skinny jeans, XXL elastic waist pants, XXL sweatshirts black or red, makeup, lotion, coloring items, sketch books.


Male, age 11. Size L 10/12 thermals, clothes, winter goggles, Nerf.

Female, age 3. 4Twinter dresses, clothes, stockings, Frozen stuff.

Male, age 37. Small toolbox, pillows, car cleaning items.

Female, age 36. Cutting board, waffle iron, body wash.


Female, age 14. Adult M clothes, makeup, jewelry, bulletin board.

Female, age 12. Adult S clothes, socks, art stuff, pjs, sport items (soccer).

Female, age 11. Adult S clothes, pjs, sport items (soccer, basketball), socks.

Female, age 3. 3T clothes, socks, pretend play, writing items, craft kits.

Male, age 1. 18mn. Clothes, toy trucks, sippy cups, size 4 diapers and wipes (pamper brand only).

Male, age 32. 34x32 clothes, long johns, boxers, body wash.

Female, age 29. L clothes, socks, perfume.


Male, age 3. 3T shorts, short sleeved shirts, pjs, 2T long pants, long sleeved shirts, toys, cars, trucks, the movie Cars stuff, tractors, fire trucks, Paw Patrol stuff.

Female, age 7. 7/8 or girls S yoga pants, pjs, shirts, sweatshirts, Descendants movie stuff, drawing supplies, colors, arts and crafts, nail polish, Disney girl movies.

Male, age 30. 38x34 jeans, XLT plain colored tshirts, XL tube socks, anything cooking, salt and pepper grinder, cake pans, ice fishing jigs.


Male, age 8. Size 18 clothes, cars, Pokemon, movies, football, Nerf.

Female, age 4. 10/12 clothes, dolls, Barbies, pretend play items.

Female, age 30. Pillows, queen size sheets, bath towels, wax melts.


Female, age 14. Size 16 pjs, sweatshirts, clothes, crafts, makeup.

Female, age 10. Size 16 yoga pants, pjs, crafts, makeup.

Male, age 9. Size 8-10 clothes, trucks, anything camo, body wash.

Female, age 5. Size 7/8 pjs, clothes, Peppa Pig stuff-Sophia, arts and crafts.

* All like crafts, books, making slime, outside toys, sticker, crayons, markers, coloring books.

Female, age 36. Craft items, Christmas décor, planner, towels.


Male, age 16. 32x32 jeans, XL pj pants, sweatshirts, 3DS with Pokemon, ultra moon body wash- Adidas, cologne, likes rock music, Vikings.

Male, age 14. L pj pants, sweatshirts, 9-10 slippers, 3DS XL with Pokemon, ultra moon cologne, Vikings.

Female, adult. XXL pj pants, size 9 slippers and boots, cooking utensils, large crockpot, bake ware, silverware, glasses set, towels, washcloths, kitchen towels.


Female, age 41. XL leggings, hoodies, size 8 socks, candles, bath items, pots, pans, skillet.

Female, age 17. M leggings, size 5 jeans, S shirts/hoodies, candles, full size bedding, perfume, bath gel, makeup.

Male, age 11. Adult S shirts, boys 20 jeans- prefers athletic stretchy pants, mens S boxer briefs, fishing pole, tools/tool box, Chevy or Johnny Cash anything.

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