Adopt a local family through the House of Lazarus in lead-up to Christmas

HOL’s food bank team members, Jacob Gagnon and Marianne Villemaire, are ready for the Christmas season.

MOUNTAIN — The House of Lazarus (HOL) is putting out a call for help. Local families, seniors and couples are in need of adoption this holiday season. Over 100 food bank clients have signed up for the Christmas program to date, which provides gifts, treats and a meal to vulnerable members of the community. 

“This program makes a huge difference in the lives of our clients,” noted Cathy Ashby, HOL Executive Director. “They’re already struggling to cover basic expenses — like heating and groceries — so Christmas is just not something they can manage alone.”

She explained the ongoing pandemic has put further strain on the food bank, which has seen an increase in new clients. 

“People are going through hard times and that’s what we’re here for, but we really rely on the community’s help to make our services and programs possible,” said Ashby. 

Anyone interested in adopting a family, senior or couple can contact Client Services Manager Kim Merkley, by emailing Gifts can be dropped off at the HOL Food Bank at 10619 Main St, South Mountain between December 7 and 12. In Ingleside, you can contact Mark Healey, by emailing

People can also contribute to other HOL Christmas programs, including the Reverse Advent Calendar, Angel Tree, Project Warmth and Heat for the Holidays. For more information about these programs, visit or follow the HOL on Facebook. 

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