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One couple makes Adopt-A-Family a holiday tradition

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"We thought we'd try it, we fell in love with the opportunity so we're still here," says David Vollmar.

And this is the 12th year the him and his wife adopted a family through the Salvation Army for Christmas. They're retired and this is an annual tradition.

"It's part of our lives now. It's on my calendar already for 2013," says David's wife Carolyn. 

She says they never meet the family they help, but that's part of it. "We give because we want to. The companies and churches that adopt families, they do it because they want to, not because they want recognition."

But there is a chance for families to say thank you. They can write their sponsors notes on pick up day.

"They are so overwhelmed that a lot of times there are tears on the thank you notes because they are so thankful and also they're so surprised," she says.

Sponsors like the Vollmar's are expected to give each family a household cleaning basket, a food gift card, and at least two gifts per child.

"A lot of times they're given a whole lot more, like we have beds up there against the wall for a family and bicycles. We have a lot of bicycles this year," says Carolyn.

"If we can help those kids feel a little better at Christmas time, that's what it's all about. That's still what brings us back," says David.

And he says that will bring him and his wife back for as long as they're able, because it really makes their holiday more special too.

"We're empty nesters now, so we wake up Christmas morning like each morning, but we know what's going on and we've had a little bit of a part in that and for that we're grateful," says David.

Friday is the big day for these adopted families in Elkhart. They can pick up their gifts from 8 am to 5:30 pm at the National Guard Armory.

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