This holiday season, employees of the EERC generously contributed to the Adopt-a-Family Program, now in its 15th year, to brighten the holidays for local families in need. Social workers with the Grand Forks Public School District identify families unable to afford gifts for their children during the holidays. EERC employees sponsored two families this year, providing clothing, household items, toys, gas cards, bus passes, and gift cards.
Sue Bartley, EERC Human Resources Manager and liaison to the Adopt-a-Family Program, and Barb Kitko, social worker with the Grand Forks School District, along with a team of EERC employees, helped to collect, wrap, and load all of the gifts for delivery.
“Our employees are so generous that families usually get everything on their lists and more,” said Bartley. “Once again, we were able to give toys and gift cards to additional families as well.”
“The EERC has always done a fantastic job helping make Christmas special for some of the larger families,” said Kitko. “Christmas can be really trying on the ‘working poor.’ These families are working hard just to make ends meet and aren’t getting services from anywhere else. It’s not always possible to stretch the budget for gifts and ‘extras,’ even at the holidays.”