Unfortunately, the organization has only found sponsors for 32 families so far. It's appealing to the public to step up and fill the void.
Sponsored families are provided with meals for Christmas day — including a turkey or ham — and presents for each family member.
Elmer Kutcher, who founded the Guiding Light Food Bank in 1995, said times are hard for many in the city, as the cost of living is going up, and incomes aren't necessarily rising at the same time.
“I've interviewed a few, and their budget after bills is $9 a month,” he said. “They just can't afford Christmas.”
Those receiving help are always very thankful, Kutcher said. The reactions of children, especially, tug at his heartstrings.
“There was a young lady who grabbed me by the coat and asked me why my truck wasn't red,” he said. “She thought it was Santa's pickup truck. It was pretty heartwarming.”
Sponsors normally spend about $300 on a family, although some choose to exceed that amount. The program is carried out as a “Kris Kringle,” meaning recipients don't know who the names of their benefactors.
All gifts must be new, although hand-made gifts are acceptable. Gifts must not be of a violent nature.
The cutoff date to adopt a family is Dec. 20. Those interested in participating are asked to phone Kutcher at 705-524-0237.