over twenty-seven years, the Adopt-A-Family Program has made it
possible for struggling families with children to have a magical
Christmas and experience the Light of Christ. The program has assisted
families in one of the poorest areas of our city, the Los Angeles
Skid Row and downtown area.
year, the program will adopt 500 families from the Skid Row, which face unimaginable obstacles and challenges on a
daily basis. For this
reason, we are personally seeking out these families to assist
through the Cathedral's Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays program.
of children living on Skid Row can be most bleak. They live
in hotels and apartments, often crowded in one room units with
brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, and other family
members. Surrounded by drug dealing, prostitution, violent
crime and poverty, there are very few comforts and often little
joy. Very few have refrigerators; fewer have stoves; and bathroom
and kitchen facilities are often down the hall and shared with
Despite such dire circumstances, many of these families are outside
of the help of government and other charitable programs. It is
for these struggling families that the Adopt-A-Family Program
visit numerous households every year in the hope that somehow
we can improve the quality of life for families and children.
We find cupboards that are empty, clothing that is worn,
rooms that are cold...none of the comforts that so many
of us take for granted. But we can make a difference.
September and October, the Adopt-A-Family volunteers meet with
the families to identify their individual needs. Then on Saturday,
December 17th, volunteers will return to the homes with food,
together with toiletries, blankets, books, baby care items
and clothing for the entire family. In addition, toys and games
will provide the children with much needed diversion and recreation.
For these families, the anticipation of a joyous Christmas
celebration is a light of hope in what can be a very dark and
The Adopt-A-Family program is only possible through the generosity
of people like you, people willing to open your hearts and provide
the resources necessary to make a Christmas holiday possible
for those less fortunate. Click to see how you can help!
Cathedral Angels help bring the joy of Christmas
to children and families of Skid Row.
Won't you join us?" -
Monsignor Terry Fleming, Director