Angela Glissmeyer is tired. She spent the whole day Friday on the telephone.
Glissmeyer is responsible for the Deseret News' Santa's Helping Hand Program. Friday, she said, set a record. More than 150 callers adopted families for Christmas.That's a happy kind of tired. And she'll be back for more Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Deseret News still has 267 families - with an average of three children each - who may not have a Christmas unless caring individuals, families and corporations step forward and agree to help.
The need is so severe, in fact, that Santa Claus made a personal appeal to readers Thursday.
The program's fun. The Deseret News provides the caller with a name, phone number and information about the family to be adopted. The families have been screened for income eligibility by volunteers at the Community Action Program, who also divided participants up so there wouldn't be duplication between several programs.
It's a hands-on program. The person who agrees to provide Christmas contacts the parents to see what the children want for Christmas. It usually involves a few toys and clothes. Some families also need food items for Christmas dinner.
Several families or individuals can get together and pool their resources to adopt a family.
To adopt a family, call the Deseret News, 237-2139, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.