As our days grow shorter, many of us shift our thoughts to the joy of the holiday season.
Unfortunately, an unprecedented number of Santa Cruz County families struggle with poverty, disabilities, abandonment, or economic strain and the holidays are 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 450 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 will open now to Dec 12, 2014 Santa Cruz: 831-457-9834 Mon- Fri 10am- 4pm Watsonville: 831-722-2364 Mon-Thurs 10am- 2pm
VOLUNTEER AS AN ELF
Volunteer opportunities abound to support the project. View the list of opportunities and register online or call our office at 831-427-5070 to find out how you can volunteer.
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 between now and Dec 10th. 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 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.