For the second year in a row, the staff of Oliver Winery have pooled their money and adopted two families for the holidays. These families live in Monroe County and we are matched with them as part of a well organized program run by MCUM.
This year, the winery agreed to match dollar for dollar the amount raised by staff, so we were able to adopt two large families this year. We purchased food and created special “food baskets” (really, six large grocery sacks jammed full of nutritious, shelf stable staples) for each family and had a blast at Kohls shopping for gifts. We bought clothes, toys and books for the kids and clothes and household goods (like towels, sheets, kitchenware) for the parents. We were so humbled by the fact that the mothers who filled out the forms asked for almost nothing for themselves and instead wanted new sheets for their children or a simple set of matching dinnerware. Employees volunteered to shop and wrap. We had a blast!
We had some extra money left over, so we decided to buy some extra items for the MCUM Emergency Services program. They were in need of canned meat and fruit (usually the most expensive canned food items) and basic toiletries, so we bought lots of shampoo, conditioner, deoderant and laundry detergent. It was a really fun project. We were able to provide assistance to two specific families in Monroe County, help out MCUM and spead time together shopping and wrapping! Happy Holidays.