However they spend their Adopt-A-Teen card, the message is the same, that their community supports them in their dreams, big and small.
Generous donors have gifted Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen with $246,645 — enough to put a gift under the tree for 4,932 underprivileged teens in Edmonton. Thank you.
But with just three days left before Christmas, we still have 2,868 teens left on our list, teens who otherwise would get left out of the holiday festivities.
Every year, thousands of underprivileged teens who would otherwise go without receive a $50 Walmart gift card through the Adopt-A-Teen program, but that gift really comes from the community.
When you give a gift to a teen in need through Adopt-A-Teen, your kindness doesn’t go unnoticed.
One of the best things that comes with each Adopt-A-Teen card is the freedom to choose. Once a year, generous donors grant a small Christmas wish for a teen that would otherwise be out of reach.
For one 15-year-old girl on our list, your gift meant getting one step closer to her dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
“I want to be a professional wrestler so I am trying to put a gym in our basement,” she wrote in a thank-you letter to Adopt-A-Teen, having used her gift to buy a weight set and yoga equipment. “I just want to thank you very much for the gift card because I was able to get that much closer to my dream.”
One teenage boy used his gift card to expand his horizon.
“What I spent it on was a game for my computer,” he wrote in a handmade card. “It’s an open world racing MMO (massively multi-player online) across all of the U.S.A. I’ve never done any travelling in my life, so this game has been really amazing for me. I haven’t put down my controller since I got it.”
Some of our teens choose practical things, like warm winter clothes and boots or much-needed school supplies.
Others buy much coveted items, like stereos or hair bands or fashionable outfits.
Many of our teens share their gifts with their families, using it to buy ingredients to make a special meal or gifts they can share with their parents and siblings.
“I bought a board game so my whole family can play together,” wrote one teenage boy on our list.
However they choose to spend it, the message is the same, that their community accepts them, loves them and supports them in their dreams, big and small.
If you can make room on your Christmas list for a teen in need, please consider making a donation to Adopt-A-Teen online at www.adoptateenedmonton.ca or by phone at 780-414-7694.
Donations can be made in person at the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton office at #200 4230 118 Ave. or by mail to Adopt-A-Teen Program, Box 16000, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B4.