CROWN POINT — The City of Crown Point is seeking donations for its annual Adopt a Family program.
The program put on every year during the winter holiday season seeks to provide funds and food to Crown Point families in need.
Families are selected with the help of the Crown Point Community School Corp.
Some families come to the school in need of assistance. Others are identified by teachers and Crown Point school leaders, said Daniel Wireman, chairperson of Taft Middle School’s Creating a Safe School program.
The Taft CASS program has partnered with the city’s Adopt a Family program for the last six year, Wireman said, and generally does not communicate the identifies of families selected for assistance but emphasizes to students the message of giving back to others in their Crown Point community.
“They don’t know who they’re helping at Taft,” Wireman said. “The only thing the student body knows is they’re donating money to help some of their peers.”
The city intends to help 14 families and about 30 children this year, according to a Crown Point news release. The Adopt a Family program has helped between 40 and 50 families in the last six years, Wireman said.
The Timothy Ball Elementary School Honor Society, Culver’s, the Crown Point High School Breakfast Club, the Alumni Association and Class of 1970, i4D Event Services, Off Square Brewing and other city partners are also pitching in, according to the Crown Point release.
Taft students are currently halfway through a 2-week “Coin War” competition to fundraise for the program.
The students have raised usually more than $1,000 in past years and have set a goal to collect more than $1,500 for Crown Point families in need this year, Wireman said.
A student team that donates the most change in Taft’s 2-week Coin War contest will win an ice cream social with the mayor.
“We have a lot of kids that are donating out of their own piggy banks,” Wireman said. “These kids genuinely care about their peers.”
Monetary donations and non-perishable food items are being collected in two locations — at the Mayor’s Office at 101 N. East St. and on the second floor of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at 183 S. West St.
More information on the Adopt a Family program, contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at 219-662-3290.