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Human Services Needs Sponsors For Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services, is seeking sponsors for the annual Adopt-A-Family Holidays program.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, individuals, family members, friends, groups, schools and organizations are asked to donate $80.00 to purchase a holiday meal or a gift certificate for families in the territory.

“This is the community’s opportunity to experience the joy of giving to those who are less fortunate by paying it forward and helping put a smile on the faces of the children who otherwise may not have a positive experience during the holidays,” Human Services Commissioner Anita Roberts said. “The families are very appreciative of the kindness that is shown to them.”

The deadline for submitting contributions for Thanksgiving is November 17, 2016. The deadline for submitting contributions for Christmas is December 16, 2016.

For more information about becoming a sponsor on St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix for the Adopt-A-Family program, please call (340)774-0930 and ask to speak with either Ms. Michelle Benjamin at ext. 4340 or Ms. Heather Lambertis at ext. 4245.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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