For many families at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Cruz County, the holidays can be an especially trying time. Each year, our Club hosts the Adopt-a-Family program to pair generous donors with families who could use a little help for the holidays. We invite the community to spread warmth and cheer while creating lasting holiday memories by adopting a family this year!

You may either choose a family to adopt from the tags below or donate to our Adopt-a-Family Program where funds will go to purchasing gift cards and gifts for families in need. 

How it Works:


  1. Club members and their families will be nominated to be part of the Adopt-a-Family program by Clubhouse Directors.
  2. Generous community members team up with family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers to Keep Spirits Bright.
  3. Groups or individuals who would like to “adopt” a family or 831-423-3138 to sign up and determine the size of the family you’d like to adopt for the holidays. While there’s no minimum requirements, donors typically spend approximately $100 per child in the family ($50 for toys and $50 for clothes).
  4. Donors are contacted with their assigned family’s information such as ages, clothing sizes, and wish list items. (Families are kept anonymous)
  5. Donors purchase gifts for the family they are adopting and wrap them, labeling with the family’s personal tag.
  6. Donors drop off the gifts to designated Clubhouse no later than Friday, December 15th.
  7. Adopted families will be contacted by Clubhouse Directors and receive their gifts before Christmas.
  8. The holidays become a more cheerful time of year for all!