The Ranch at Moorpark – MEND Christmas Adoption Program 2015

Nov 1, 2015

This year the Ranch at Moorpark Team will be adopting a family for the holidays from The MEND Program. MEND stands for Meet Each Need With Dignity. MEND is based in the East San Fernando Valley and serves nearly 49,00 poverty-level clients each month. For the holidays, MEND interviews nearly 1,400 families and selects about 300 families at the critical-need level living in garages, shacks, trailers or whom recently suffered a crisis. We will be adopting one of these families and provide a Holiday for the four to five members of our matched family. MEND will send us a wish list for each family member, including clothing sizes. MEND requests that we purchase one article of clothing for every family member and provide two gifts for each child in the family along with one household item. In addition we will provide a meal. Our team will deliver the gifts and food directly to the recipients at their place of residence before 12/14/2015. I believe this will be a unique and rewarding team building experience for me and my staff.

Once I receive the details on our family, I will create a sign-up sheet for the team and we will all participate in the gift buying process. We will also go as a group to make the delivery and meet the family. I am prepared to help fill any gaps with the purchases, as I understand the holidays are an overwhelming and expensive time for everyone. I am not sure of Decron’s philosophy on charitable efforts, but any donations to our family would be greatly appreciated. One option might be using some property petty cash to purchase the holiday food or a grocery gift card for the family.

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