YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As the holidays approach, a local faith-based nonprofit agency and pantry is once again getting into the giving spirit.

Protestant Family Service is currently taking applications for its “Adopt A Child Christmas Program” to make Christmas a little happier for families in need.

The organization can only take on as many families as they have people to “adopt” them.

“We always give wrapping paper, bows, tape. This is the parent’s ownership. They take the gift, they wrap it, they put it under the tree,” said Cathy Pokrivnak, executive director of Protestant Family Services.

Those interested must first call the agency to pick up a packet. After that, an appointment must be made.

Protestant Family Service is located at 2915 Glenwood Avenue in Youngstown. For more information call 330-746-4600 and visit them online at