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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 runs Nov 9th through December 10th.

Information for Businesses

If your business would like to participate in the Stars Program by collecting gifts for families please email us or call us at (831) 427-5070 x119. We will 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. 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 request from a local family. Purchase that gift and then bring it back to the business where you picked up the star. Please note, we can only accept new items. See below for our 2020 partners.

Purchase From Our 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.

View the Wishlist 

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.



2020 Participating Locations

Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1148 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Bubble Lounge
30 Rancho Del Mar, Aptos

Outdoor Supply Hardware
1601 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010

Santa Cruz Tire & Auto
2840 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Boat Rental
15 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz

Childish Toy Store
1127 Soquel, Santa Cruz

3600 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz


7000 Soquel Ave Suite 1, Aptos

1100 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

David Lyng Real Estate

  • 1041 41st Ave, Capitola
  • 5522 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley

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
  • Kiosk - 925 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
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