The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, is participating in its seventeenth year of the Adopt-a-Family program this holiday season.
Adopt-a-Family is coordinated by the medical center’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, with support from the medical center’s Employee Association, and provides gifts for local families who are experiencing hardships due to illness, financial struggles and other unforeseen circumstances. Holiday trees are decorated with Christmas gift tags listing items of need for families in need and displayed throughout the medical center for employees, volunteers and others to choose from. This year the VA Medical Center is also donating to the Caring House of Iron Mountain and the “Almost Home” Animal Shelter of Dickinson County. Numerous wrapped gifts such as toys, clothing, food items, and gift cards are being collected and will be delivered by VA employees to the families and organizations before the holidays.
“The Adopt-a-Family program has been very popular with employees, volunteers, patients and visitors at the VA Medical Center for the past seventeen years,” said Angela Finley, Adopt-a-Family coordinator at the medical center. The Iron Mountain VA sponsored its first Adopt-a-Family event in 1996, and since then over 100 families received holiday gifts through the generous donations of everyone involved.
The public is welcome to participate in this worthy cause. The deadline for gifts is Tuesday, December 18. If interested please contact Angela Finley, Adopt-a-Family Coordinator, at (906)774-3300, extension 33320.