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DALLAS -- Two holiday-season assistance programs -- Dallas Adopt-a-Family and Dallas Christmas Cheer -- will be working together this year to assist families in need.

October 16, 2012

DALLAS -- Two holiday-season assistance programs -- Dallas Adopt-a-Family and Dallas Christmas Cheer -- will be working together this year to assist families in need.

The two organizations decided to coordinate their efforts to place families with the appropriate program and prevent duplication of services.

"We really have one overarching goal, and that is to make sure families are taken care of this Christmas," said Sue Lamb with Christmas Cheer. "What we are trying to do is clearly identify the programs so people can see (where they fit)."

Adopt-a-Family provides families with a Christmas dinner and one gift for each child 18 and younger. Families will pick up their meal and gifts on Dec. 19 at Dallas Evangelical Bible Church, 1175 SE Howe St.

Christmas Cheer provides a food box with a holiday meal to those in need, delivered to each recipient's home on Dec. 24 between 7 and 10 a.m.

Applications for both programs are available at the Polk County Resource Center. Volunteers will be on hand to explain what both organizations do and help people decide which to apply for.

"We can help them fill out both of those applications," said Melissa Baurer with Dallas Adopt-a-Family. "We just ask they bring a photo ID showing their address."

People can fill out applications at the center on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. now through Dec. 4.

Applications for Christmas Cheer are also available online at www.dallascc.org. Those wishing to volunteer can also find ways to help on the website.

For more information about the Dallas Adopt-a-Family program or to adopt a family for the holiday: 503-623-5559 or stop by the Polk County Resource Center, 326 Main St., Dallas.

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