Adopt a Family program seeks help for holidays

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) has put out an urgent call for families, organizations and companies who want to help children, families and seniors in need this holiday season by adopting a family. The anti-poverty agency reported last week that 147 families are on a wait-list for “adoption,” with only 47 donors registered to help, as of Nov. 27.

The needy include Alasia, a single mom with a 2 year-old son living in a Dorchester shelter while she waits for an affordable housing assignment. On her wish list for her son, Jayden, are:a warm snowsuit, mittens, hat, books appropriate for a two-year-old, a set of blocks and large legos, and toy trucks and trains.

 “ABCD Adopt a Family is a win-win for all and the need out there is greater than ever,” said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. “Please let the spirit of the holidays inspire you to put smiles on the faces of families struggling to make ends meet – your help in this holiday season will give them hope and joy that lasts all year long!”

Drew said ABCD will expand the Adopt a Family initiative into a year-round program that expands opportunity for low-income families and brings people of diverse economic backgrounds together in positive ways all year round.

If you would like to assist, ABCD will connect you with a family for you or your organization to adopt! We will give you a “wish list” for your chosen family and help you every step of the way. Click on or email Monee Neal at