Our second annual Miles Design adopt-a-family was a success, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to participate again this year. We learned quite a bit about the process and strategy from our experiences last year, and this year went off without a hitch–it was truly a team effort from start to finish.
This year, we adopted a family of five. Besides mom, there were two girls (one and fifteen) and two boys (nine and seventeen). After talking with them, we learned that they lost their home to a fire last year at Christmas, and they’ve been working to rebuild their lives over the last year. Their lists had everything from pots and pans, dinnerware, and clothing to a basketball, games, and movie passes.
With lists in hand, the entire team took over Walmart on Friday morning, Dec. 4–dividing and conquering. Josh, Eric, Brian, and Cookie shopped for the boys’ gifts and toys while April, Lauren, Meg, and I worked on the household items and girls’ gifts. It was a great time, and I was impressed with our efficiency–although I’m positive we could have spent all morning putting together cute outfits and shopping for toys! When it was all said and done, we managed to get everything on our list in one stop, and we came out on budget!
Here are some photos from our shopping adventure:
The afternoon of Dec. 10th was dedicated to wrapping all of the gifts (and Eric’s cell phone). The finished stack of presents was an awesome sight and took up most of the conference room table–very impressive!
Now, what to do with all that leftover paper? Any ideas? Hmm…
The entire office made the trip to deliver the gifts, and the family was very kind (and probably overwhelmed) as we all piled in their living room! It was such a rewarding experience to participate in this program during the holidays. It can be such an overwhelming season, and it feels really good knowing that we were able to ease the burden of providing for a family of five at Christmas. And, most importantly, we worked together and had fun doing it!