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Adopt-A-Family Project

Thanks to you, our donors, volunteers, and partner agencies, we are closing out another successful year with the project.  Because of your generosity and dedication we adopted all 465 families. 

We look forward to working with you again in 2020. 

As our days grow shorter, many of us shift our thoughts to the joy of the holiday season.  Unfortunately, for those families in our community struggling to make ends meet, this can be a worrisome time. Many Santa Cruz County families struggle to meet their basic needs and may go without enough food and warm clothing, let alone toys or other holiday gifts.

With your help we can make the holiday brighter for families struggling with poverty, disabilities, abandonment, or economic strain. This year we will serve over 450 families, isolated seniors, and independent teens. All of our adoptees have been referred and screened by our 25 partner organizations to ensure that your gift is reaching those most in need.

You can choose to adopt, donate, or give a gift.

Adopt a Family In Need

Businesses, individuals, groups, and families are invited  to adopt a family of any size.  Adopters 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. Adopters will deliver these items to our warehouse during the designated drop off days.

All families have been adopted for 2019.


Where Do I Drop Off My Packages?

Thank you for adopting a family this year. Visit our Gift Drop Info page for full details including open hours, directions, tips for delivery and our contact.

View the Donation Center Information Page


AAF 2018 Warehouse

Donate Funds or Gift Certificates

Didn't get a chance to adopt a family but still want to help? We're still welcoming donations of cash and gift certificates. Gift certificates from  grocery stores, shoe stores, bookstores or department stores will be added to our packages.  Certificates can be dropped off at the Santa Cruz office or at the Warehouse Additionally you can donate cash and we will purchase them for you.

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Volunteer for the Project

A huge thank you to each every volunteer on the project this year.  Your efforts helped connect families from all walks of life and you have cultivated a spirit of generosity that helps our community thrive.

See you next year.


AAF 2019 Volunteer Photo-correct

Give a Gift With the Stars Program

Do you have time to get one gift this weekend? Simply pick up a star from our participating local businesses, purchase the gift, and return it to the business Now through Dec 11th.

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