By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – One family spent Christmas Eve wrapping presents for a family it barely knew.
Cindy McFeely and her daughters decided to apply for Salvation Army's "Adopt-A-Family" program. McFeely said she tries to always donate to a family with a single mother because she, too, is a single mother—of eight girls.
"Being a single mom we do try to pick single family mom families and because that's where our heart is."
The McFeelys dropped off presents at the Salvation Army Lied Renaissance Center near 36th and Cuming for April Willis and her three children, Trayvon, Devin and Zykeriah.
"I'm just glad that they're happy. Because that's my job to keep them happy," Willis said. "They're my kids, they're my responsibility."
Susan Eustice with Salvation Army said this year around 2,550 families were adopted by people and organizations that were local. She added that the adoptions took a while; in many cases people were calling at the last minute to find a family.
But for Willis, that didn't matter.
"There's a lot of people out there that need help, you know, some people that can help themselves and some that can't help themselves and it's just a blessing to bless someone else. And hopefully I'll be in a position next year, I'll be able to adopt my own family."
Anyone interested in participating in "Adopt-A-Family" may apply next November for Christmas 2014.
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