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!
Associate Director, STEAC
Here are some photos of the Holiday Program dropoff at the First Baptist Church:
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.