Children look forward to Christmas morning all year long. Waking up early and running into the family room to the Christmas tree to find out what Santa brought brings joy to many children. But what if that family can't afford Christmas?

Children look forward to Christmas morning all year long. Waking up early and running into the family room to the Christmas tree to find out what Santa brought brings joy to many children. But what if that family can't afford Christmas?

Citizens Against Domestic Violence — CADV — is working to ensure that the families they work with get a Christmas to remember. After families leave the CADV shelter, they usually have to scrape every penny together to pay bills, rent, childcare and other necessities. Sometimes the luxuries of Christmas fall to the wayside.

"They finally achieved moving on," CADV Director Angie Fiene said. "This allows us to give them a special Christmas."

Last year alone, 54 women and 107 children were assisted through the shelter's Christmas program. Community members are asked to adopt families and bring in useful items, food, toys and more to make this Christmas one to remember.

"It takes a little pressure off," Fiene added.

So far, CADV has 30 families on the list to receive help. That number could grow by Christmas. At least 17 of those families still need to be adopted.

One family member of a family on this years list said, “My son and grandchildren are good kids. They go to church every week and make good grades.

I appreciate anything you can do to help us; times are really tough this year. God Bless you and your Christmas helpers! This program truly makes a difference in the children’s lives. Thank you!”

Along with personal items and Christmas gifts, families are provided with a food basket that has all a family needs to prepare a traditional Christmas meal.

Anyone can adopt a family. An individual, family, neighborhood, church, civic group, business, co-workers can all pitch in and help a family in need. Families come in all sizes ranging from single women to families with four children. If individuals cannot adopt an entire family, any type of donations are welcome.

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter in Camdenton up until Christmas Eve. Desired drop off hours are anytime before 5 p.m. on a weekday.

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