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Adopt-a-Family Program brightens holiday season

With the holiday season approaching, the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Adopt-a-Family program is underway for a second year.

The program, first organized by Jodie Fisher-Argubright and currently co-chaired by Fisher-Argubright and Kim Vierra, utilizes the Facebook group “Estacada, Neighbors Helping Neighbors” to connect donors with people in the local community who are in need of assistance this holiday season.

People who wish to be adopted, as individuals or families, can message Vierra on Facebook or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, people can nominate other families. Every person is asked to provide one want and one need, each under $20. This year, pet food is also being included for adopted families with furry, feathered or scaled friends.

A list of these items is posted to the “Estacada, Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Facebook group. The names of those who requested the items are not posted.

The gifts will be delivered around Christmastime to those who were adopted.

Vierra emphasized that the anonymity of those who are adopted will be respected.

“It’s really important,” she said. “Everyone wants that.”

To donate, look at the list of needs on the Facebook page and and message Vierra. As items are taken care of, the list will be updated on Facebook.

Vierra encourages people to spread the word about the project to those who don’t have access to Facebook.

“I’m hoping to get people to nominate the elderly, since they might not have Internet access,” she said.

Last year, the program helped 26 families, and this year, they already have this number just several weeks into the process.

Vierra hopes to connect with other local groups to continue to expand the program.

“I’m hoping to contact the schools to see if they would be interested in helping,” she said. “Maybe a classroom can adopt a combination of larger families. I also want to get in touch with the assisted living facilities and see if there’s something we could donate to everybody there.”

Vierra also hopes to have younger children write cards to accompany the gifts.

“I think opening (the cards) will be a nice, happy moment,” she said.

This year, a date to gather and wrap donated gifts has been tentatively set for Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Estacada Pregnancy Resource Center, 640 N.W. Wade St. Vierra encourages anyone interested in donating or signing up to be adopted to contact her by that date.

Vierra has enjoyed seeing the community’s generosity while working on the Adopt-a-Family project.

“Everybody helps everybody, when they can,” she said. “The people who donate are super generous. It’s a really good thing.”

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