STEAC 2020 Holiday Program

So many of us take for granted that we can afford gifts and food for our families and friends during the holiday season. But there are many Davis families who struggle to provide food, heat, clothing, and shelter to loved ones, and therefore special meals and gifts can be challenging to provide. STEAC's Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program provides a way for community members to support these low income families and individuals during the holiday season.

Low income families and individuals, who have been screened by a crew of dedicated STEAC volunteers, are "adopted" by community members. Adopters and adoptees remain anonymous to each other.

STEAC's 53rd Annual Holiday Program
brought the spirit of the season
to over 425 individuals and families!

On Saturday, December 12, pre-qualified recipients lined up in their cars for a drive-through distribution of hand-selected food and gifts donated by Davis families, groups, and individuals who "adopted" them for the holidays.


There are many organizations and individuals to thank for their contributions for what is really a huge community effort.

First off, we'd like to acknowledge and say thank you to Kelly Coleman, Holiday Program Chairwoman, for cheerfully, tirelessly and creatively volunteering to lead and coordinate the whole event!


  • First Baptist Church of Davis staff and congregation, who donated their facilities and grounds for an entire week to host STEAC Holiday Program volunteers as we collected and then distributed food and gifts.
  • St. James Church parishioners and the Salvation Army of Davis, for the generous donations of gift cards for the adoptees, to be used for perishable groceries.
  • DJUSD and the City of Davis, for allowing us to stage drive-through qualification interviews in the Davis High School parking lot and the Veteran's Memorial Center on one rainy day.
  • Blanketeers of the Project Linus of Yolo County Chapter, led by Diane McGee, for donating over 400 hand-made blankets.
  • Jeanette Lamar, for the special "Santa Kitties."
  • The Davis Enterprise, for being so responsive, publishing articles and supporting STEAC throughout the year.
  • Adopters and Donors, (individuals, families, groups and organizations) for banding together to adopt our 427 low-income individuals and families and/or support the Holiday Program, which is really at the heart of this neighbor-helping-neighbor event.
  • Volunteers: Last but not least, thank you to the 125+ volunteers who, even during this COVID crisis, donated their time and energy distributing flyers, interviewing clients, setting up and cleaning up the church, collecting food and gift donations, preparing for distribution day, and then working to distribute all food and gifts to our cherished recipients. There are too many to name here but the entire team deserves our deepest appreciation.

STEAC is so grateful for the generous commitment of our community year after year to help those facing hardships in our community during the holiday season.

Did you participate in this year's Holiday Program (as an Adopter, Client/Adoptee, Volunteer or Other)?

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