Christmas came a little bit early for a few dozen families in need thanks to the Cumberland County Bar Association and Safe Harbour.
On Wednesday, members of the Cumberland County Bar Association and Cumberland County Bar Foundation delivered gifts, pizza and a bit of holiday cheer to residents of Safe Harbour as part the associations’ Adopt-A-Family program.
“I think some residents think that when they are here, they are forgotten,” said Paul Edger, chair of the Adopt-A Family committee for the Cumberland County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. “There are just so many programs where we can see their faces and see their wishes came true. It’s just a great experience for everybody. It just gives you that nice holiday warm feeling.”
More than 30 children and adults were part of the festivities Wednesday night, Edger said.
During the event residents got to see Santa, eat pizza and decorate cookies and ornaments.
The Cumberland County Bar Association also partners with Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties and local United Way organizations as part of the Adopt-A-Family program, Edger said.
This is the eighth year for the program.
“It’s wonderful because it just shows how giving and caring the Cumberland County community is when it comes to those in need,” Safe Harbour President and CEO Scott Shewell said. “It’s the outpouring of support that we see during the holiday season and it carries over for the rest of the year. It’s just amazing. We have a very generous community.”
Shewell said roughly 70 to 100 people stay at a Safe Harbour facility every night. Close to 30 percent of those people are children, he said.
While the holiday season is a time when many people’s minds turn to giving and supporting others, Shewell said there is need in the community year-round.
“There is no off season,” he said. “I’ve been here six years, and we have been at capacity the entire time.”