People in NeedThe Columbian’s late owner and publisher, Don Campbell, originated the People In Need Program in 1979. He felt The Columbian, with its broad readership and spirit of community outreach, should be a positive force in helping the less fortunate in Clark County. Today, third generation owners, Scott and Jody Campbell, believe in the same founding principles of the program. Donations to The Columbian’s People In Need Fund are distributed to the local non-profits serving the urgent needs of children and families throughout Clark County, including The Salvation Army’s Adopt A Family program during the holidays.

You can make a difference in our community several ways:

1. Send a tax-deductible donation to: The Columbian People In Need Fund c/o The Community Foundation 610 Esther Street, Suite 201, Vancouver, WA, 98660. Please make checks out to Columbian People In Need Fund.

2. Visit the Community Foundation web site to make a donation by clicking here.

All proceeds from your donation will benefit children and families in need throughout Clark County. You will receive a receipt from The Community Foundation for your contribution.

Adopt A Family
Single parent families. Grandparents raising grandchildren. Mothers laid off. Fathers looking for work. No money. No food. Everyone is hungry. Thousands of Clark County residents are barely able to afford the bare necessities, let alone gifts for their children during the holidays. Can you help a needy family celebrate the spirit of the holiday season?

3. Drop off your donation of toys for children, gifts for teens or gift baskets for a family at:
The Salvation Army
1500 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684

4. Adopt a Family in need this holiday season by contacting The Salvation Army: 360-448-2880 or visit

Here are this years families:

1. A single mother with limited income living with another relative on disability asks for a My Little Pony or My Generation doll for an 8-year-old daughter. Mom’s limited income won’t cover Christmas gifts this year, as she depends on food stamps just to provide meals.

2. A single father raising a 2-year-old boy recently found lodging after living homeless for a period of time, and hopes the community can help provide gifts for his little one. Dad is working with family services to improve his situation, and has found work but cannot drive until he can renew his license. The two live on $385 a month.

3. The parents of 5 children in this family recently moved here, and while Mom has found three jobs paying a total of $1,300 a month, there isn’t enough for Christmas purchases. The children include three boys: two aged 6-years-old, and one 8-year-old, as well as two girls aged 4- and 5-years-old.

4. A Mom with a $700-per -month income is raising three youngsters who could use some gifts from the community this Christmas. Escaping a domestic violence situation, Mom is working in a public program to "regain stability" in her life. The children include two boys aged 1 and 6, and a 4-year-old girl.

5. Being single, Mom is finding raising four children a challenge as she starts a new job. She lost their housing this fall, and they’re living with her mother as she seeks affordable lodging and to start rebuilding her career, looking to establish more stability for the family, she says. To help out, some support from the community this Christmas would be helpful in the form of gifts for a 14-year-old boy, his 8-year-old brother, and a 6-year-old sister. A 16-year-old daughter also lives in the household which strives to sustain on less than $1,000 a month.

6. With three little boys to raise as a single mother, this recently-employed woman is looking for new lodging as she lives with her parents temporarily. Gifts for the boys, aged 6, 4 and 1, would be uplifting   as she struggles to get back on her feet with a $1,300 monthly income.

7. A single mother who moved here to escape a domestic violence environment is trying to build a new life for her and a 2-year-old boy who would smile at finding some gifts under the tree this Christmas. Homeless for some time recently, she was able to find housing through the Salvation Army. Still, she receives only partial support for her little one.

8. Dad suffers from chronic leg pain, leaving Mom as the prime breadwinner in this home which includes four children. Homeless for some time this year, and now living indoors with the help of the Salvation Army, they remain hard pressed to find enough income to provide for them all. Children include two boys aged 3- and 11-years-old, and two daughters aged 8- and 13-years-old.

9. Both parents in this family with two little girls are unemployed, with their last job more than half a year ago. As they seek work, their public support funds of just over $1,200 a month make it hard to make ends meet, and Christmas present purchases are not possible. An 18-month-old could use some wood baby puzzles, socks and shoes. A 5-year-old hopes for Princess toys, and could also use socks and shoes.

10. There just isn’t enough left at the end of each month after paying the bills and buying gas to pay for Christmas presents, says the student Mom in this home she and her husband share with their 8-year-old boy. Working and going to school to try to improve their financial situation.  While Dad works at a poor-paying  job, she is in school full time. Some gifts from the community would help for the little one, who likes Skylanders toys and Legos, and needs some clothing.

11. A single mother with three little ones escaped a domestic violence situation and found some temporary housing as she seeks more permanent living conditions and finds a job. Housing has been temporary for several months for Mom, who hopes to return  to school to improve her job outlook, says some help this Christmas would be appreciated for a 3-year-old  who likes Play dough, a 5-year-old boy who likes Legos and needs a winter jacket, an 11-year-old sister who hopes for art supplies.

A couple with a 6-year-old girl is working, but income is so low they are having trouble keeping up with bills. With a new baby girl due near Christmas, they could use some help for this holiday to provide gifts for the newborn and their youngster.

Homeless until recently, a single mother and her two teen daughters need some Christmas assistance. Mom just began working again and is in housing, but an income of just over $1,200 doesn’t leave much for presents after bills are paid. The girls, 15- and 17-years-old, are both students. There is a history of mental health problems in this household.

Dad, suffering from a serious terminal illness, no longer supports this household of a mother and three young boys. While Mom works, there are demands on her with the learning disabilities in some of the children. To help this low-income mother give her boys a nice Christmas this year, some presents for the 8-, 11- and 14-year-old would be appreciated.

Extreme difficulties plague this mother, father and their five children. Dad suffers from a very serious disorder and Mom was just laid off. Income for this family is practically nil as they struggle without electricity and lack the next rent payment. A helping hand would be kind for the children which include four boys aged 5, 8, 9 and 11 and a 14-year-old daughter.

Mom is not working as she undergoes testing for a very serious illness in this household with a limited income of $2,700 per month. The family includes an adult male, a 16-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.

Just now this mother and her two children have found permanent lodging after moving from residence to residence this year. With just over $2,000 income per month, they need some help for Christmas  gifts for a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl.

A single father with two little boys is not working and is living on about $1,100 a month and some food stamps. To help out, some Christmas gifts would be welcome for the 5- and 8-year-old boys this Christmas.

A single mother with a 6-year-old boy is struggling to make ends meet this Christmas after she finally moved into what she calls "safe" housing earlier in 2014. Needs include some raingear for Mom and a winter coat, shoes and boots for the little one.

Behind on bills and rent, a young mother and father are starting to get on their feet as he now works, but money is tight for Christmas presents for a 1-year-old boy and his 5-year-old sister. Mom hopes to get into school to help improve the family’s financial outlook, but hopes for some assistance to  give the children a nice gift or two this year.

Dad lost his main employment this year and struggles with a part-time job. A 16-year-old girl in this home brings in about $700 a month in assistance money, but the total for the month in this home is under $1,000. Two children, a 9-year girl and a 6-year-old boy, would smile as they find some Christmas gifts under the tree this year.

A single mother of a 14-year-old boy has found a job but hours are being cut drastically, reducing her overall household income to less than $1,200 a month this season. To help out, some Christmas gifts would bring needed joy to this small family.

23. Mom had to quit working this year to care for a son who is ill in this family which includes two other boys. She receives some public benefits but says there is nothing left over after paying the bills for Christmas presents. The three boys, aged 5-, 8-, and 13-years-old, can have a nice present or two this Christmas if this family is adopted.

24. A mother of a 12-year-old boy who also has custody of an 11-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl — a nephew and a niece — suffers from a disability and cannot work. Trying to get by on about $2,200 a month, there’s little left after paying the bills. She asks for some Christmas assistance from the community this year for a few presents for the children.

A mother caring for 3- and 6-year-old boys, one who suffers from autism, just obtained lodging after remaining homeless and used all of her resources to move into the new residence. With an income of only $950 a month, and a 16-year-old girl in the residence for which she is also responsible, she hopes for a helping hand this Christmas.

The adult male in this home just lost his job and is looking for work as the Mom  tries to keep things paid for with a job of varying income. This household, with about $1,500 a month  income, includes three children: two boys aged 2 and 9, and a 3-year-old girl. There is no money to buy Christmas presents this year, and the adults hope for some community help.

With a new baby girl in the home of two adults with a 9-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy also in their care, this family living in temporary quarters as the threat of property foreclosure looms, hopes for some assistance this Christmas. Neither of the grown-ups work and finances are dismal.

Mom and her 11-year-old daughter are living with a friend until she can afford a place of their own. Dad is missing from this family, and sends no child support, leaving her to live on just over $750 a month. She asks for a helping hand from the community to give her little girl a few Christmas presents this year.

Some warm clothing and laundry products would help this family of five struggling to make ends meet as Dad’s reduced income in his construction job provides work for only one week out of each month at this time of year. There is only about $1,000 coming in for the family, which includes two little girls aged 3 and 7, and a 9-year-old boy.

Mom was severely injured on the job earlier this year, making it hard for her to find work. An adult male in the residence helps with the three children and brings in a limited income to help, but overall available cash is only $1,200 a month, which must be stretched to pay the bills as she awaits workman’s compensation for her accident. Meanwhile, they ask for some help to provide a nice Christmas for three boys aged 6, 10 and 14.

Mom and Dad separated last year, leaving her a single parent with three little ones in her care, and only a limited amount of public assistance for income. She plans to start school this  season to try to improve her chances of finding work. The children in this family include two girls aged 4 and 10, and their 7-year-old brother.

The adult male in this home recently went through a job change and brings in a reduced income as this family including Mom and two little children struggles to pay rent and bills — some which go unpaid.  The children, a 4-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, need some assistance to provide Christmas presents this year since Mom says there is no money for the holidays.

The adult male in this home has experienced an income reduction since his landscaping job is reduced for the winter, and Mom recently lost her job. As a result, they moved into a smaller residence while it remains difficult to keep up with the bills. A 5-year-old boy, who suffers from asthma and needs treatments, and a 3-year-old girl could use some help with Christmas presents this year.

A single mother of three children is on unpaid medical leave and will not be able to return to her job until early in 2015, leaving her with less than $600 a month to meet expenses. To help out, some presents would be nice for two girls aged 6 and 10, and a 12-year-old boy.

A single mother with two girls says things are tough and getting tougher as her state assistance has reached its limit and she needs help for mental health concerns in this family. "Things are getting very difficult," she says. To help out, the girls, aged 2 and 15, would be happy with a few Christmas presents this year if the family is adopted.

Three small children and a 15-year-old boy live with Mom in a household struggling financially as she recently lost her job and is not on public assistance. The children include two boys aged  9 and 11, and a 12-year-old girl. Another adult woman also lives in this home, which needs some community assistance this year for Christmas presents.

Some basic household items are needed by a single mother with four children who gets no child support from a husband under restraining order. She attends school in an effort to improve her job outlook, but lives on a $560 public assistance allowance each month. Recently homeless, this family needs some help from a caring community for the children, including three girls aged 6, 10, 11 and a 9-year-old boy. Some toiletries and school supplies are requested.

Mom and Dad are looking for work, but when they purchased a car to look for jobs, a tree fell on the vehicle, disabling it and making their job hunt more difficult. With severely restricted income in this family, some help would bring smiles for Christmas presents this year for a 3-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother.

Dad brings home $2,500 a month but Mom’s work income is limited to $365 since she suffers from chronic health problems which restrict the number of hours she can be on the job. This family of five includes two boys aged 8 and 10, and a 5-year-old girl. Some help to provide Christmas presents for this struggling family would bring cheer to this household.

Vehicle problems and limited income make it difficult for this father to provide a nice Christmas for his household which includes Mom and three daughters. Between them, the overall for this family is about $2,000 a month. There is a need for surgery for the lady in the home, meaning she will be on limited income sick leave over the holidays. The couple asks for some help to provide Christmas presents for three girls aged  3, 9 and 10.

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