As our days grow shorter, many of us shift our thoughts to sharing the joy of the holiday season.
Unfortunately, an unprecedented number of Santa Cruz County families are struggling with poverty, disabilities, abandonment, or severe economic strain and the holidays can be a worrisome time.
These families struggle to meet their basic needs and may go without enough food and warm clothing, let alone toys or other holiday gifts.
The 400 families in our program are screened and referred by our 22 partner organizations to ensure that your gift is reaching the neediest in our community.
ADOPT A FAMILY
Businesses, individuals, and families can adopt a family of any size. Adopters are asked to provide family packages which include food gift certificates, clothing for the family, a gift for each child, and household items like blankets, towels, or sheets.
Phone lines are open Nov 5-Dec 13th- Santa Cruz: 831-427-5075 Mon- Fri 10am- 4pm Watsonville: 831-722-2364 Mon-Thurs 10am- 4pm
VOLUNTEER AS AN ELF
Volunteer opportunities abound to support the project. VIEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
TAKE A STAR
Do you only have time to get one gift? Simply pick up a star from our participating local businesses, purchase the gift, and return it to the business. Stars will be available at participating Wells Fargo Branches throughout Santa Cruz County starting in Mid-November. View Locations
DONATE GIFT CERTIFICATES
Gift certificates from any grocery store, shoe store, bookstore or department store let our families choose exactly what they need for the holidays. This season due to current economic strains we have a large number of teens to be adopted and teens in particular, appreciate movie passes, certificates from music stores or clothing store certificates. Certificates can be dropped off at the Santa Cruz or Watsonville Office.
PURCHASE A GIFT FROM OUR WISHLIST
For a quick and easy way to purchase an item click the amazon button below to visit our wishlist: