(55th Year!)

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 in Davis ("Adoptees"), who have been screened by a crew of dedicated STEAC volunteers, are matched with community members ("Adopters"), who then provide gifts and food for their adopted family. Adopters and Adoptees remain anonymous to each other.

Rain and Wind Couldn't Stop
Holiday Giving This Year

Not even pouring rain or severe wind gusts could dampen the holiday spirit on the 55th annual Holiday Program Distribution Day. On Saturday, December 10, recipients lined up in their cars at the First Baptist Church of Davis for a drive-through distribution of food and gifts donated by Davis families, groups and individuals who "adopted" them for the holidays.

First, I want to thank the volunteers who braved the weather on Saturday to make sure all the donations made it into the recipients' cars. Their smiling faces and positive attitudes made one of the most weather-challenged Distribution Days in recent memory a success. In all, there were 125-plus volunteers who invested their time and energy to distribute all food and gifts to our cherished recipients.

STEAC is very grateful to the staff and congregation of First Baptist who donate their facilities and grounds for an entire week.

STEAC would like to thank Scott Love with the Yolo County Library and Scott Thompson with DJUSD for allowing us to host qualification sessions at the Davis library branches and providing access to laptop computers.

The families benefitted from the donations of gift cards from St. James Church parishioners and our partnership with Salvation Army of Davis. Each year we are awed by the hundreds of handmade blankets from Project Linus of Yolo County, led by Diane McGee.

Tiffany Clements at The Home Depot in Woodland, coordinated a donation of two Christmas trees with lights which provided décor during the week, and were delivered to two raffle winners at the end of Distribution Day.

We are so thankful to work with Li Yao at Empower Yolo; Harmony Scopazzi, Becky Morigo and Synda Whitmer at Davis Community Meals and Housing; Jeni Price at NAMI; Rachel Nervo at the Department of Veteran's Affairs; Tiffany Cruz at Summer House; Shelley Arizaga at Hope Cooperative; and Yvonne Page and Jamallah Green at Davis Respite Center.

And, of course, we are incredibly grateful for the individuals, families, groups and organizations that banded together to support STEAC or adopt our 464 low-income individuals and families.

Kelly Coleman
STEAC Holiday Program chair

Four Ways to Participate in the Holiday Program

1. Adopt a Family or Individual:

You can be an adopter yourself, or with your family, friends, club, group, or workplace.

Our generous community has done it again.
All 464 families/individuals who applied to be adopted
have been matched with an Adopter!

2. Apply to be Adopted / Solicitar su adopción:

El proceso de solicitud ha terminado
para los Adoptados para este ano.

3. Volunteer:

The Holiday Program needs lots of volunteers, especially in December. If you are already a STEAC volunteer, you will receive an email about how to sign up to help this year. If you have not volunteered for STEAC before or haven't filled out our Volunteer form, click here to fill out the form and let us know you are interested in helping with the Holiday Program this year.

4. Donate Money to STEAC:

In addition to adopting a family, there are also other ways to support low income families served by STEAC's programs, including the Holiday Program. Click here to make a donation to STEAC.


Send an email to holidayprogram@steac.org