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Adopt a Family Programs

Do you want to help a family in need or do you may need help during the holidays? The Adopt-A-Family programs are local and personal. You can donate funds, food, credit cards, toys, clothes, time and even shop for a specific family. Some programs have the flexibility of enabling you to meet each other.

Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program –

Need help?  Schedule an appointment to have an interview and receive Christmas assistance with food and toys children 12 and under) Make appointment onlineAre you able to help? Offer your help.


Valley Churches United Ministry –

In these challenging times, Valley Churches United continues to provide essential services to local residents in need. Our food pantry is open three days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM to noon, and we welcome all local residents who are struggling with food insecurity. Our pantry is also open on the first and third Friday of every month for seniors (62 and older). In addition, Valley Churches United is accepting requests for disaster assistance from qualified survivors of the CZU fire.

Valley Churches United Missions would not exist without the generosity of our donors. We accept no government funding; it is entirely through the continuing, strong support from our community — individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations — that we are able to provide critical services to our low-income neighbors. Individual Donors We have many individual donors.


Jacob’s Heart  – Donate $25 Gas and Grocery Cards

If you’re looking for a way to extend your support to families beyond the holiday season, this is the option for you! Families struggling with financial challenges always appreciate gas and grocery cards. Every little bit helps, so when we have them, we hand out gift cards to families throughout the year. Help us grow our bank of gift cards by donating today!

Our families love to shop at Target, Walmart, Safeway and Foodmaxx. Gas cards can come from any station within our service area (Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara counties.)

Please fill out this commitment form to learn more about the donation process.


The Aptos Times Adopt-a Family Program Our program was started in 1992 when Patrice Edwards and a friend stepped in to help a family who had lost their financial stability due to an illness in the family.

They raised money, helped them get through the holidays, and Aptos Adopt-A-Family was born.

Over the years we have helped hundreds of people celebrate their holiday without stress. There have been thousands of gifts, including wheelchairs, a handicap accessible van, lifts, food, clothes, toys, bikes, rent —gifts that helped many a family enjoy their holiday.

Aptos Adopt-A-Family focuses primarily on families that are having financial challenges due to a medical catastrophe within their family.

Our sponsor will provide their “adopted” family with gifts for the holiday and any medical products, services, and goods for the home. They do the shopping and wrap the gifts (this is optional) and deliver them to the Times Publishing Group office. The adopted family comes and picks up the gifts.

Though the adopted family’s identity is anonymous, some of them choose to meet their sponsor. Some families even go holiday shopping together!

Several of these families have stayed friends over the years. Adopt-A-Family also helps by including gift certificates to local stores and helps with any gifts the sponsor is unable to provide.

Aptos-Adopt-A-Family depends on the community for funds. Please donate knowing that 100% of your donation goes to the families. If you would like to donate, please send your donation to: Times Publishing Group, Inc.
Attn: Cathe Race, 9601 Soquel Drive Ste. A, Aptos, CA 95003

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