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Stars Program

Each year local businesses support the Adopt-A-Family project by displaying stars in their businesses. These gifts are then donated to families that are not adopted or our partner agencies, including local families impacted by the criminal justice system.

Our Stars Program is active now through mid December 15th!

Information for Businesses

If your business would like to participate in the Stars Program by collecting gifts for families please email us or call Heather at (831) 427-5070 x119. We will drop off stars and information about Adopt-A-Family to your store in late October. We will then pick up the gifts that are donated in mid-December. Please reach out if you'd like more stars!

Three Ways to Give a Gift Through our Stars Program


Pick up a Star

Stop by one of our partner businesses to pick up a star. On that star, you will find a gift that a family has asked for. Purchase that gift new and then bring it back to the business where you got the star. See below for this year's partners.

Amazon Wishlist

Choose items from our wish list that you’d like to donate and select the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County's Gift Registry Address at checkout.

AAF Gift bags

Take the Reins

Buy whatever you like and drop it off at one of the businesses collecting donations or at our donation center. We always need more grocery store gift cards and backpacks for teens. We are not able to accept used donations.

Gifts can be dropped off at our Donation Warehouse from December 11 through December 15 from 12pm to 8pm.

Address: Crestview Shopping Center in Watsonville (Factory 2 You space) 1400 Freedom Blvd,  Watsonville, CA 95076

2019 Participating Locations

The Nick Theater
210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz

Del Mar Theater
210 Lincoln St, Santa Cruz

AAA Capitola 
4400 Capitola Rd, Ste 100, Capitola

Sugar Smith
1527 Comercial Way, Santa Cruz

San Lorenzo Garden Center
235 River St, Santa Cruz

Sugar Smith
1527 Comercial Way, Santa Cruz

Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1148 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Sleep Health M.D.



Wells Fargo Bank 
74 River St, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County Bank Branches:

  • Aptos: 7775 Soquel Dr, Aptos
  • Capitola: 819 Bay Ave, Capitola
  • Watsonville: 596 Auto Center Dr, Watsonville

Mechanics Bank 
3555 Clares St, Suite X, Capitola

7000 Soquel Ave Suite 1, Aptos

Family Cycling Center
914 41st Ave, Capitola

David Lyng Real Estate
1041 41st Ave, Capitola

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (second floor)

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