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STEAC Still Needs 75 More "Adopters" for the 2014 holiday program

Volunteers for the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC) are seeking 75 more “adopters” to provide gifts and food to needy individuals and families in Davis who take part in the organization's annual Holiday Program.

“Last year, the program provided food, coats and gift boxes to 397 households in Davis, and we expect to do close to the same this year,” said Pam Baird, program chair.

As part of the program, STEAC asks individuals, businesses, service groups, churches and schools to provide their adopted low-income families of varying sizes with gift and food boxes.

As of Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, STEAC needed adopters for 30 families who have been guaranteed an adoption under the program. In addition, STEAC has 45 on a waiting list.

Volunteer individuals and groups sign on to adopt a family, which means they buy food and gifts for them. After signing up for the program, the adopters are provided a list of gifts the adopted families would like to receive for the holidays.

The cost of adopting ranges from $100 to $500, depending on the size of the family.

After buying the food and gifts on the list, the adopter must deliver the items between Dec. 9 and 11 to the program headquarters at the First Baptist Church, 38141 Russell Blvd., Davis.

“Seeing children’s expressions light up when they receive their goodies on distribution day is maybe the most memorable part of the whole experience,” said Baird, referring to the day when recipients receive their gift boxes.

For nearly 50 years, STEAC has been providing emergency assistance to poverty-level county residents, including cash assistance for rent and utilities to prevent evictions or help families and individuals get into permanent housing. Additionally, STEAC’s Suit Up for Success Program helps low-income residents find employment by providing work attire for job interviews. The nonprofit organization also provides free food through its Davis closet, distributing 100,000 pounds of food annually.

“With grant funding shrinking, we rely more and more on private donations to serve families and individuals who otherwise would not make it on their own,” Baird said. “Our goal is to keep these families from becoming homeless.”

Cash donations may be sent to the STEAC office at 1900 E. Eighth St., Davis, CA 95616. STEAC is a nonprofit organization that has earned tax-exempt status from the IRS, which means all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (IRS ID #94-6138684).

Here are links to complete information and adoption forms for the 2014 Holiday Program:


Introductory letter and complete information on how to adopt for the Holiday Program (PDF)

Link to 2014 Holiday Program return slip to make an adoption (pdf)

Link to 2014 Holiday Program form for adopting a single person (pdf)

Link to 2014 Holiday Program form for adopting a single person with limited cooking facilities (pdf)

Link to 2014 Holiday Program form for adopting a small size family (pdf)

Link to 2014 Holiday Program form for adopting a medium size family (pdf

Link to 2014 Holiday Program form for adopting a large size family (pdf)

Link to 2014 Holiday Program form for adopting a extra large size family (pdf)

Please make checks payable to: STEAC, Short Term Emergency Aid Committee. STEAC is a California nonprofit corporation that has earned tax exempt status under Section 501c(3) of the IRS code (tax identification number, 94-6138684).

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