SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Community members are invited to share the spirit of the holiday season by adopting a family in need.

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, in partnership with 25 fellow nonprofits, invites individuals, families, businesses, clubs or groups to adopt one of the 450 families in need. 

Individuals can call the adoption line to select a family or complete the online adoption form at 

Family packages include food gift certificates, clothing for the children and adults, a small toy for each child, and may include household items such as blankets, towels or sheets.

Additionally, community members can make individual contributions of items, gift certificates or cash that will be blended with others to fulfill the wishes of a family. Donations can be made online at or can be mailed to the Volunteer Center, 1740 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

Finally, individuals can provide support by volunteering for the project. Individuals and groups can register for a variety of volunteer positions online at

“This program has been maintained due to the generous support of our local businesses, community members and willing volunteers,” said Volunteer Center Executive Director Karen Delaney. “We are so thankful to be a part of a community that comes forward each year to make the holiday brighter for those in need and we look forward to another successful year.”

Volunteers will be at the Adopt a Family Phone Line through Dec. 12. For information, call the Volunteer Center Adopt a Family Project at 457-9834.  

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