Local Non-Profit Helps Out Families This Holiday Season

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

December 15, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's that time of year again, Christmas time. Many people are reaching out to those who need it most.

"We're sharing caring giving and fostering," Aaron Jackson with New Directions Youth Family Services said.

New Directions Youth and Family Services, a non-profit that provides for at-risk children, is reaching out to the Western New York Community to help "Adopt a Family" for the holidays. Participants can pick a person or family that they would like to help. The name, age and gender of each person will be provided.

"It improves people giving when you know you are helping someone in particular and in this situation you can chose who you are helping," Jackson said.

Brad Sande with New Directions Family Services said the stress of the holidays could be overwhelming for these families, many who are already struggling.

"Anytime a family experiences a lack of resources whether it's financial or the lack of ability to provide for the their children at the holidays it is a stress for most families and anything can help those families," Sande said.

Although "Adopt a Family" is a holiday program for the organization, their main goal throughout the year is to keep children and family together despite challenges. They said this holiday program helps.

"Youngsters and family who are trying to stay together we have in-home services. For children who need to be place we operate the Randolph Children's home where we offer therapeutic foster care," Sande said.

Now, they said the community can do their part to keep these families spirits up this holiday season.

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