PSS Adopt a Family – 2022

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Published December 5, 2022

For 2022, we have been given 2 families for our annual Adopt-A-Family drive!  Please consider purchasing a digital or tangible gift card for the Alvarez and/or Aliki families.  The wish list and description of each family is included in this article.  Please note we hope to reduce contact for this donation process.


Mainly the families are looking for: toys, furniture/home goods, electronics, and clothing.  We suggest gift cards to: Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, JCPenney, T. J. Maxx, and Burlington, but you can choose another business as well.

If you would like to donate to the Alvarez family, please purchase the digital gift card in your name, save as a PDF file, and send as an email attachment to Marlo Roetzer at 

If you would like to donate to the Aliki family, please purchase the digital gift card in your name, save as a PDF file, and send as an email attachment to Daniel Schweitzer at

Please send gift cards to Marlo or Daniel by Thursday, December 15, 2022.

In your message, make sure to identify which family your gift card is for.  If you do not have a preference, kindly put in your message your card can go to any of these families.  Make sure to identify that you are from the PSS, so we know where the card is coming from.

We prefer digital gift cards, but if you buy a physical card you may email Marlo or Daniel to arrange a location/time to drop it off.

Family wishlists

Alvarez Family: This is a family of eleven with eight children, including three children under the age of five.  Nominated by Say Yes to Education, the children’s mother has been volunteering for six years, running school toy drives for students. Within the last year, her father passed away and the family took in her mother.  At the same time, the father lost his job and has been working part-time, struggling to support his large family.  The family would appreciate gift cards for toys, furniture/home goods, and clothing. 

Aliki Family:  This is an international family of ten, including eight children, ranging from six to eighteen years old, who recently arrived from Tanzania.  They were nominated by Buffalo Public Schools and would appreciate gift cards to Walmart and Family Dollar. We are grateful for any donation you can provide to these families!

We truly appreciate your support, and if you have any questions about this drive please contact Marlo Roetzer,, or Daniel Schweitzer,