Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00
This year, a family in need will be able to have a normal Christmas, thanks in part to the generosity of the Conway family from Westbury. The Conways have been participating in the Family and Children Association’s Adopt A Family program for about three years, buying gifts for local families in need during the holidays.
“My kids look forward to it,” says Colleen Conway. “It teaches them we should look out for other people.”
The Conways were assigned a family that had three sons; the mom was ill and the dad worked two jobs to pay the bills. “It seemed like a good fit,” says Colleen, who also has three children. The Conways bought clothes, toys, games and more for the family.
Joyce Mullen is the director of marketing and communications at the Family and Children’s Association and says the Adopt A Family program has helped around 800 families in its seven year existence. This year, about 100 people bought gifts or donated money to families in need.
"It’s heartwarming for these families to know that people care what happens to them; it gives them hope to hang in there and continue trying to improve their situation,” Mullen says.
But for the Conways, giving is more than just something to do around the holidays—it’s a year-round practice. They run a turkey trot around Thanksgiving to raise money for the Family and Children’s Association. In September, the family donates school supplies and
backpacks. They also often help with food drives.
“We’re not rich, we don’t need much, but there’s a lot of families not as fortunate as we are and we always need to be reminded that there’s always somebody else to help,” says Colleen. “My husband and I have always wanted to do what we can for someone else, we grew up that way.”
To find out more about how you can help those in need visit www.FamilyandChildrens.org.