Every year in Golden, some families in need are given an extra surprise around Christmas.
For around 10 years, businesses in Golden have been participating in the Adopt-a-Family fundraiser. Each of the participating businesses will put out a donation jar and ask their customers for any money they may be able to contribute.
From there, those jars are turned into gift certificates at the participating businesses, and donated to families in need. There are more than 15 businesses collecting donations in the community right now that will be donated to families in need.
“We turn the money in the donation jars into gift certificates at those local businesses,” said Thad Mertick.
Along with the gift certificate donations from the jars, families are given gift certificates to local grocery stores, and are invited for photos with Santa, and a free meal at a local restaurant.
The children in the family are given a gift as well.
“We have received a lot of great support from the Town and the community, and we are always thankful for that,” Mertick said.
The families are chosen by the Golden Women’s Resource Centre and the Golden Family Centre.
The families are all anonymous, and have already been chosen and informed that they will receive this donation.