SAITSA is bringing low-income families some extra holiday cheer with the Adopt-A-Family program.
This four-year running SAIT project helps students at Christmas by getting sponsors to donate gifts to registered families.
“Our goal is to focus on SAIT students that maybe unable to go home, or can’t afford Christmas for their families this year,” said Shona Sutherland, the SAITSA communications director.
There are no requirements to apply for help except being a registered student of SAIT.
SAITSA hasn’t turned anyone down in the four years it has done this and have had no worries about people taking advantage of the program.
“Everyone’s honest about their needs and it takes a lot to admit you may need extra help during this holiday season,” said Sutherland.
Last year more than 45 families applied to join the Adopt-A-Family program. SAITSA already had 10 families by mid-November.
“We don’t want anyone left out. Everyone should be included in the activities we share and the community we wish to bring together,” said Sutherland.
Families or individuals can apply and anyone can be a sponsor for a family. Students and sponsors can apply online or at the resource centre located in the Stan Grad Centre.
“Everything is confidential, so students do not have to worry about their names being out there if they apply for the program,” Sutherland said.
SAITSA will personally fill in for any families that do not get a sponsor, but they encourage anyone to participate.
Deadlines are Nov. 25 for families, and Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 for sponsors.