This year, when you and your loved ones are planning how to celebrate the holiday season, please include an opportunity to give back – pass your good fortune, peace, hope and love to another Urbandale family!
Hundreds of low-income families in our Urbandale community have difficulty meeting their day-to-day needs. At holiday time, finding the resources for gifts and a special meal is out of reach for them. The hard reality is that many choose between basic living necessities like food, rent and utility bills and spending money on a special holiday gift or meal.
Urbandale Community Action Network has organized a holiday Adopt A Family Program to pair up families in need with individuals or groups who want to help a family in need and to spread holiday joy. When you sign up to participate in the Adopt A Family Program, you will receive all the information needed to help an Urbandale family celebrate. You’ll purchase gifts suggested by each member of the family (approximately $25 per recepient) and food for a special holiday meal (or provide an appropriate gift card to cover the cost of such a meal).
How to apply:
If you are an Urbandale family in need and would like to participate in the Adopt A Family program, please contact the UCAN office at (515) 278-3936 by November 28th, 2016.
How to donate:
If you are interested in donating to the Adopt A Family program, please contact the UCAN office at (515) 278-3936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UCAN Office is located at 4103 72nd Street, Urbandale (Lions Park Shelter). The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
UCAN partners with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to provide toys to Urbandale kids in need.
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
How to apply:
If you would like to sign up to receive toys for your child, please contact the UCAN office at (515) 278-3936 by November 28th, 2016.
How to donate:
All donations are collected through the local Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
All monetary donations can be sent to Toys for Tots Coordinator, Sergeant Asa J. Davies at:
Toys For Tots
47 Dickman Ave
Des Moines, IA 50315
You can also donate online.
Please remember those children and families this holiday season who do not have an abundance of resources. Just a small token can brighten a child’s entire year!