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Sharing Families seeks sponsors

The 2016 Sharing Families Project is underway and working toward its goal of helping 50 families this holiday season.

As of Monday, profiles for 18 families had been received from the volunteers who do the screening. Work is underway to match recipient families with families, work groups and civic organizations who have already stepped up to help.

More family profiles are expected this week, and Sharing Families board members are appealing for more groups and families to take on the task of providing holiday gifts.

“Each year we aim to have all 50 families 'adopted' by Dec. 1," said Judy Wiff, president of the nonprofit's board of directors.

"We very much appreciate those who have already come forward to sponsor a family or families, but we do need more."

Thanks to carry-over funds and generous donations from businesses and individuals, the project has enough money to buy the groceries it promises for each of its recipient families. But getting the clothing and toys the families want will be more difficult.

Family sizes, at this point, range from two parents with four children to a mom with two children.

Here are examples of the families:

-- A couple with a small child and another on the way. They recently moved and have only one income.

-- A six-person family whose main income is seasonal.

-- A dad with two small daughters. He has recent developed health problems and is not working.

These are ways you could help:

-- Sponsor a family or child and buying the items they have requested. Those who

decide to do that are asked to call the Journal main desk at 715-425-1561 or the Sharing Families dedicated line at 715-425-1054 or email

-- Add a child to your shopping list and buying a new toy, game or outfit for that child.

-- Make a donation of money to buy toys and clothing. (No cash will be given to families.)

All contributions are tax-deductible. Sharing Families is an IRS-approved 501c(3) organization.