One Bellevue-area family, and perhaps two, will get some special attention this Christmas from Bellevue’s police and fire departments.
Bellevue’s bravest and finest are adding an Adopt-a-Family program to their traditional Holiday Heroes event.
Nominations are being sought for the Adopt-a-Family program, in which one family’s needs, whatever they may be, will be met.
Bellevue Police Sgt. Larry Lampman said contributions to the existing Holiday Heroes event, in which a large number of underprivileged children are treated to a Christmas shopping spree, have been healthy enough that the new program can be funded for at least one year.
He said Adopt-a-Family seeks to identify a single family, perhaps two if funds permit, which is experiencing great difficulty due to no fault of its own.
“Whatever they need, we’re going to buy everything,” Lampman said. “Whether the need is clothes, or food, or the kids don’t have toys, the utilities, no matter how many children they have, we’re going to buy everything.”
Unlike the Holiday Heroes shopping spree, Lampman said, which is well covered by newspapers and television, the Adopt-a-Family program will be quiet and discreet.
“We’re looking for people who are experiencing hard times due to no fault of their own, not because they spent the last six months in jail,” Lampman said. “Health, death, job loss, government furloughs, that sort of thing.”
Lampman said support for the 6-year-old Holiday Heroes program has been so substantial that money is available this year to bring Christmas cheer to a single family in addition to the Christmas shopping spree.
“We don’t know if we’ll have the financial ability to do this next year,” he said. “But it’s there this year. And so long as we have the ability to do this, we want to do it.
“There’s no reason why the money should sit in some random account. It should be used.”
He said Adopt-a-Family nominations will be reviewed by a committee drawn from the ranks of business, government and social services, and a recipient selected.
Families may nominate themselves.
Nominations should contain the name, phone number, email and mailing address of the person making the nomination; the name of the family being nominated, along with their phone number, email address and home address; and an explanation of the family’s situation and why they deserve to be selected.
Nominations should be sent to the Bellevue Police Department c/o Roger Cox, 1001 Fort Crook Road N. Suite 108, Bellevue, NE 68005.
The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15.