Christmas Bureau Adopt-a-Family

Each year, our Christmas Bureau Adopt-a-Family program provides gifts of new clothes, toys, food and other items to approximately 350 low-income families or seniors on fixed incomes. During the 2013 Christmas season, the program served 368 low-income families and seniors, totaling 1,331 people - including 723 children.

Over the years, the program has become an opportunity for many people in the community to share in the holiday spirit by sponsoring, or adopting, families or seniors. With the support of so many sponsors and the boundless energy of so many volunteers, over 1,500 residents in our community also share in the happiness of the holiday season.

Get Involved!

There are several ways to be a part of this program. You can:

Adopt a family or senior and purchase items according to a profile which includes their essential needs. We recommend spending approximately $50 to $60 per family member. During designated dates (late November to early December) you deliver all your gifts to our site at 214 Harvard Ave in Princeton.

Volunteer time as part of our Adopt-a-Family elf program. As the gifts of clothes and essentials arrive, volunteers ensure a bright Christmas by filling out each family’s gifts with new toys, books, and games.

Shop for an entire family or senior on behalf of a sponsor. Or shop for toys, games, and other items which are used to fill out each family's gifts.

If you would like to adopt a family but may not have time to shop, a volunteer will do the shopping for your adopted family in your name. You may send a check for the items purchased to: Christmas Bureau Adopt-a-Family, P.O.B 1089, El Granada, CA 94018.

For further information about sponsoring a family, donating, or volunteering, call Judy O'Leary at (650) 563-9910, (650) 273-3967 or email .

Eligibility and Registration

Registration of eligible low-income families and seniors for the program begins each year in October. To be eligible for the program, you must reside on the San Mateo County Coastside from Montara to Half Moon Bay. If you think you or your family might qualify for the program, please call us at 650.726.9071 to make an appointment.

The Power of Special Delivery!

Many of us may take for granted the availability of personal and household items, such as soap, shampoo, laundry detergent or toilet paper. It’s hard to imagine that for some these items are a luxury. Special Delivery is a very special program that provides local families in need with those basic household necessities. A sponsor family "adopts" a needy family and commits to shop once a month to provide basic necessities for their recipient family. The shopping list consists of items that aren't readily available through food programs, items that most of us take for granted items like shampoo, laundry detergent, toilet paper and other costly household items. The financial commitment is approximately $35.00 per month. If you'd like to learn more, please contact