I'm adopting

Yes, it’s true. I’m adopting.

I was reading the Savvy Saver’s blog and saw that she was adopting a family for Christmas. I decided that was an excellent idea so I contacted the local division of the United Way and then put me in contact with someone else at the City of Toronto offices, who put me in contact with a local community group. I’m signed up for it. They are sending me the guidelines and then I get to choose what size family I’ll adopt based on what I can afford. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to request a single parent family. My mother was a single parent (off and on), my sisters were/are single parents, many of my cousins were/are single parents. I think it would mean the most to me.

I grew up without much money. My sisters have struggled as single parents, not only with the day to day stuff but especially with the extras around the holiday season. I’ve lived below the poverty line. It sucks. You manage, you make things work but it sucks. I remember what it was like as a student with no money wondering how the hell I was going to make it through the week with the food I had in the house (it was surprisingly easy if you simply don’t eat but that causes other problems that I won’t get into). I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent and struggling. And I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent struggling through the holidays. I’ve seen people do it but I do not know how it feels.

So now I have a job that pays me enough money so that not only am I not struggling, but I have extras. I’m no where near the poverty line. I still don’t know how much this will cost me. It doesn’t matter. I can afford it. I’ll find away from afford it.

I won’t be with my family this Christmas but that doesn’t mean that I can’t make someone else’s Christmas better. I will be able to know that in at least one home in my community there are well fed kids with presents on Christmas day.

If anyone else in the TO area is interested in this let me know, I have the contact information. They make sure it’s someone in your community. If you aren't in this area contact your local branch of the United Way, your town council or local churches and community groups and they should be able to point you in the right direction.