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Women’s Basketball Takes Part in “Adopt-A-Family” Program

Bearcats continue team tradition of helping a family during Christmas

December 20, 2012


Women’s Basketball Takes Part in “Adopt-A-Family” Program

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Although the Binghamton women’s basketball team is wrapping up the academic semester, it took time out earlier this week to continue a tradition of the program. Each December, the Bearcats have taken part in the Adopt-A-Family (AAF) program. This year, senior forwards Kara Elofson and Simone Thomas, along with senior guard Mallory Lawes were in charge of the team’s efforts.

The Adopt-A-Family program is under the direction of the Salvation Army. It matches impoverished families with individual or group sponsors to provide for their tangible needs at Christmas.

“We have been doing the Adopt-A-Family program for the four years that I have been here,” Thomas said. “I think that we continue to do it, not out of habit but because we know that it really makes a difference. It’s a really good way to help deserving children and their families experience holiday seasons like we are so blessed to have.”

Many adoptees are referred by professional social workers who help deserving families complete an application during required home visits. An inventory of each family’s needs is taken and a Christmas wish list is compiled. This gift guide may include toys, clothing, household items and information regarding the utilities and heating sources.

Often sponsors will make payments on utilities or purchase wood or heating oil. Sponsors are asked to provide two or more new gifts for each member of the household and to provide food for the family for four to seven days.

The day after its recent game against Syracuse, the Binghamton women’s basketball team hit the stores in search of the right gifts and other items that would brighten their family’s holiday season. On Monday, the Bearcats wrapped all of the gifts in their locker room.

“We think that the Adopt-A-Family program is a really great way to give back to the community, especially in the season that’s all about giving,” Thomas said. “Our fans support us through thick and thin and we want to be able to do the same for them. It’s just a small gesture to show that we care and hopefully make the holiday season a little bit brighter for that special family.”

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