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 by individual donors or to our partner agencies.

All of the families that receive gifts are referred to us by one of our 26 agency partners. 

View our wish list of items we need and our list of agency partners HERE. 



Ways to Give a Gift Through our Stars Program


Host Stars at Your Business

Join us as Stars Program host by collecting gifts for families. We can drop off stars and information about Adopt-A-Family to your store asap. We will then pick up the gifts that are donated in mid-December. Email us or call us at (831) 427-5070 x112 to learn more.


Pick up a Star

Stop by one of our partner businesses to pick up a star. On that star, you will find a gift request from a local family. Purchase that gift and then bring it back to the business where you picked up the star or any participating location. Please note, we can only accept new items.

AAF Gift bags

Take the Reins

Buy whatever you like and drop it off at one of the businesses collecting donations listed below or at our Santa Cruz Office. We always need more grocery store gift cards and backpacks for teens. Please Note: We are not able to accept used donations. View our wish list HERE.

2021 Participating Locations

KindPeoples 2 locations

  • 3600 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
  • 533 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County Bank (4 locations)

  • 7775 Soquel Drive, Aptos
  • 819 Bay Avenue, Capitola
  • 595 Auto Center Drive, Watsonville
  • 75 River Street, Santa Cruz

California Coffee Aptos

  • 9105 Soquel Dr, Aptos



  • 7000 Soquel Ave Suite 1, Aptos

David Lyng Real Estate

  • 1041 41st Ave, Capitola

Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County

  • 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz (second floor)

LuLu Carpenter's Coffee Shops

  • Coffee Cat - 1545 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
  • 255A Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley
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