Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Child Programs Delivered a Happier Holiday

Lydia Smith, school nurse, accepted the gift cards delivered for Mountain Vista School students in Oracle.

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

The SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) Adopt-a-Child and Adopt-a-Family programs again brought holiday joy to local families and children. Very generous donors from SaddleBrooke Ranch and SaddleBrooke contributed $63,739 to bring holiday cheer. SaddleBrooke Ranch residents donated $15,200 of the total. Kim Schweitzer and Betty Ryan, who coordinate this program for SaddleBrooke Ranch, wish to thank the Ranch’s generous donors and the dedicated volunteers who make Adopt-a-Family a “holiday miracle” for so many local families.

In 2022, SaddleBrooke Ranch residents adopted 152 children from Oracle. At the request of program coordinators in Oracle, the Ranchers purchased $100 Walmart gift cards for the children. Next year Kim and Betty plan to have an “angel tree” so community residents can buy requested gifts for the children.

SaddleBrooke residents adopted 70 families from San Manuel and Tri-Community Food Bank. This represents assistance for 119 adults and at least 197 children. The Adopt-a-Child Program gave 199 kids a happier holiday with clothing and toys. These children are from the Rice Intermediate School (4th through 6th grade) and Tribal Social Services (TSS) located on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

As a reminder for the new year, SBCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to SBCO, a qualifying charitable organization, are also eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit for contributions to Charities that Provide Assistance to the Working Poor. You can find more information in AZ Pub 710. If you have questions, please contact your tax advisor.

We wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year!