Posted by Lisa Moncrief
For the holiday season this year, we are partnering with Way to Grow and their Adopt a Family program.  Every December, they are able to reach even more families by providing basic needs, special treats, and a great start to the new year.  This year, for the safety of their donors, staff, and families they are requesting that gift cards are provided instead of wrapped gifts.  To make this convenient for everyone, you can either bring your gift cards to one of our meetings or drop them in the mail to Lynn Otis (address provided below.  These need to reach their office no later than December 7 to allow for families to purchase items before the holidays.
They will match the gift cards to families, so plan on spending up to $50 per family member.  You may choose how many family members you want to provide for.  For example, a family of 5 = $250 of gift cards.  
What do you need to do?    Purchase your gift card(s) at any of the following retailers: Target, Wal-Mart, or Cub Foods.  We ask that cards be either brought to a meeting on Wed. Nov. 16, Nov. 30, or Dec. 7.  If you won't be at one of the meetings, you can mail your card to:
Lynn Otis
7984 Autumn Ridge Way
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Once we know how many gift cards will be collected, we will be provided an information sheet that tells a bit about the families such as children's names and ages etc.
Please indicate the gift amount on each card and enclose a gift receipt when possible.  You may also include a card or note sharing words of hope/wishes for the new year and we will make sure to include it in the package we forward to your family.  Also include your contact information - they would love to send you a thank you letter!
About Way to Grow
Way to Grow is an early childhood education nonprofit that provides free, year-round family support and home visiting services to families throughout the Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs.
Through family support services, health and wellness education, early childhood and elementary education, and teen parenting support, we provide the knowledge and the tools needed to move our families forward and help their children succeed.
Lisa Moncrief and Lynn Otis