Adopt a Family program raises an estimated $1,000 of gifts for local family

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The nursing department at IPFW is feeling the holiday spirit.

Through the Adopt a Family Program with the Salvation Army, they’ve made the holidays a little easier for a local family, without ever knowing their names.

“Just knowing that we have brought so much joy and care into one family in this area, the Fort Wayne community area, makes us all really happy and really proud,” Jo Bauman said. Bauman is the Academic Adviser for the nursing department.

They donate ever year but this year the requests from the family were different than the rest. Instead of toys, the children asked for hygiene products and things for their new home.

“We got them new dishes, we got them silverware, we got them a microwave, a blender,” Bauman said.

Bauman said with no little ones running around in her house anymore, it feels good to buy for kids. Even more, she said no matter what happens financially at the university, Adopt a Family won’t go away.

“That will never happen. Regardless of what happens to this university, regardless of who this university is affiliated with, the folks on this campus and in this department we’re honored to be in the Fort Wayne community. We are honored to serve the Fort Wayne community and it is my word that that will never change,” she said.