Want to feel the spirit of Christmas and the satisfaction of sharing with those who are less fortunate?

Then join with the Deseret News in providing a Christmas for the needy in the annual, adopt-a-family program, Santa's Helping Hand.For many years the Deseret News has assisted needy families by matching them with Deseret News readers to provide toys, gifts, food and even clothing for Christmas. Last year, nearly 1,000 families and more than 3,500 children were assisted as families, individuals, offices, church groups and other organizations answered the call.

The Deseret News is a member of the Salt Lake County Christmas Coordinating Council that works together to pool efforts to ensure that no one goes without come Christmas Day.

Deseret News readers will be invited to adopt families from a geographical designation in the valley, west of 2200 West and south of 4500 South to provide an "adequate Christmas," based on individual need.

The program offers help to families with two or more children between the ages of 3 and 14. Single-child families are unfortunately not eligible due to the large number of families requesting help in relation to the number of donors.

Applicants should contact Sharon, Susan or Pauline at the Community Action Program, 359-2244. Applications will be accepted weekdays Nov. 13-30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CAP is located at 764 South 200 West.

If families are approved for assistance as determined through interviews, their names are entered into the master computer list by the Salvation Army and sent to the Deseret News.

Donors wishing to help should call the Deseret News Santa's Helping Hand at 237-2139. A donor family or individual is matched with a needy family with two or three children while several families often share their resources for a family of greater size so there is hardship on donors.