The room at the church filled to capacity as adopters dropped off their food and gift boxes.

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To Everyone Who Provided Supported to Make the 2014 Holiday Program a Success for 377 Families


On behalf of the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee I would like to thank all the individuals and organizations that helped make this year’s Holiday Program such a huge success. As always, the Davis community was incredible, stepping forward to adopt 377 families and individuals who received gift and food boxes this season.

St. James Church and the Davis Food Co-op each included STEAC in their giving tree which generated many wonderful holiday gifts. Adding to this bounty were the numerous Beanie Babies, hats and scarfs handmade by the “Hem and Haw” group and donated from the Davis Senior Center Holiday sale.

The Davis Lutheran Church and First Baptist Church donated space for screening clients and distributing gifts, as well as providing hot drinks and delicious snacks.

Numerous groups and schools sponsored used coat and/or book drives – the schools included Birch Lane, Pioneer, Korematsu, Willett, Patwin, Emerson, Harper and North Davis. Organizations/businesses to thank include the Davis Food Co-op, Girl Scouts, Lyon Real Estate, First Northern Bank and Friends of the Library. Finally, an outpouring of denim jeans were collected by Pomegranate Salon.

Food donations to keep volunteers and program recipients well nourished, and/or the STEAC food closet well-stocked were provided by Bet Haverim, Original Steve’s, Davis Parent Nursery School, Dos Coyotes, Ann’s Nursery School and Woodstocks Pizza.

Gift cards that allowed program recipients to purchase fresh produce for a nutritious holiday meal were provided by the Salvation Army. Nugget Markets donated a very generous gift card to stock STEAC’s year-round food closet. And, the Davis Dragons Baseball team collected checks that helped provide much needed funds for the Holiday Program.

Many groups/organizations banded together to adopt several large families – much appreciation goes to several UC Davis departments, Emerson Junior High School, the Davis Food Co-op and the Davis Korean Church.

And, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, the STEAC office was hit with water leaks and plumbing issues. A big thank you goes to Tandem Properties and Poot & Scoot who rushed to our rescue, donating time and resources so that we could remain productive during the Holiday Program rush.

Finally, I want to thank the Davis community who once again stepped up, adopting 377 families, providing holiday cheer for those who otherwise go without during this festive season. Your support is priceless – not only now, but also in your generous support of STEAC’s year-round programs as well.

Last, but not least, a huge THANK YOU goes to this year’s program chair, Pam Baird, as well as the many STEAC volunteers, who put in countless hours to make this program a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Katy Zane

Associate Director, STEAC


Here are some photos of the Holiday Program dropoff at the First Baptist Church:




A car arrives with gifts and food at the church



STEAC volunteers wait for the arrival of another car with gifts and food at the church.



Cars are unloaded, and boxes are taken to the church meeting hall.



The church slowly fills up with boxes of food and gifts.



The room is nearly full as some 277 adopters deliver their gifts and food to the church.




These are boxes of food that is donated as part of the Holiday Program. The food is sort and will be distributed as part of the

Holiday Program and during the rest of the year from the food closet in downtown Davis.





Volunteers sort coats that will be distributed as part of the Holiday Program. This year's coat drive was

enormously successful.





This is the mountain of books that were donated as part of the program. These will be sorted and made

available to those in needs.


STEAC volunteers check in recipients of gifts and food on pickup day of the Holiday Program.

A volunteer loads gift boxes into the STEAC truck for transport to the food closet in downtown Davis.



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