As we look outside and see the temperature and snow falling, it reminds us of the up coming holidays. Most of us can remember the joys the holidays would bring us as a child. Sweet treats, family and friends and for most of us the early waking on Christmas morning to see a tree that looks like it had been blessed by angels. These were the thoughts behind the Village and Lake Isabella Property Owners Association’s offices adopting a family for the holiday.
In prior years the two offices would enjoy a pot luck lunch and exchange small gifts with one another. We enjoyed the break from work to spend in the company of coworkers who have in turn become friends. In 2004, we decided we would like to do something special thus putting into motion a magnificent chain of events.
We remembered hearing about local businesses adopting families through United Way for the holidays and decided to look into it. What we encountered was a list of over 650 individuals in need of help for the holidays. These families were referred to United Way by outside agencies such as Red Cross, Family Independence Agency, Schools, and Churches. After looking through the families we chose a family of three. We received a small bio on the family and a wish list for each member. We grew very excited knowing how we were going to be able to help give a family a joyous reason to celebrate the holidays with fond memories.
As the offices talked about the things they wanted to buy for the families, our respected board members caught wind of our actions and collectively decided they would like to join in. By doing this it enabled us to adopt a second family. This one being a family of seven. We raised enough money from board members and office staff to provide both families with an exceptional holiday.
We have since continued this tradition and took it one step further to include our community. It is with all of our efforts that this endeavor grows more successful with each passing year. We could not adopt two and three families without the constant support of our esteemed residents of Lake Isabella, our respected board and council members, plus the help of local businesses who let us place donation cans at their location for those contributors who like to stay anonymous. Below are two charts one showing how many lives we’ve helped and the other showing how much this fascinating event has grown monetarily at Lake Isabella.
This year the LIPOA and the Village have once again joined with United Way to help local residents have a happier holiday. We thank you in advance for your dedication to improving our neighbor’s lives and giving a little extra in the spirit of the holidays this season. Remember all donations to this event are tax deductible. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jessica (through the Village office) at 989-644-8654 or Casey (through the LIPOA office) at 989-644-3326. Wishing all of you a warm and happy winter season!!