Christmas Adopt-a-Family


Thank you for your interest in Project Self-Sufficiency’s Christmas Adopt-a-Family program! To participate, click on the button for our online sign-up form.

How to adopt a family:


  1. Fill out the online sign-up form by clicking the button above.

  2. PSS staff will email you with your match from pss.aaf@pssoc.org (We will begin the matching process in a couple weeks. Thank you for your patience as we try to match you as soon as possible.)

  3. Put together your donation! Purchase several items from each family member’s wish list.

  4. Deliver the unwrapped gifts during designated drop off times to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach, CA.


For additional questions, please read our FAQ.  You can also email questions to pss.aaf@pssoc.org or call/text (949) 478-1914.



Christmas Adopt-a-Family FAQ


What is Christmas Adopt-a-Family (AAF)?

This is a seasonal program where community donors sign up to be matched with a Project Self-Sufficiency family.  We match you with a family of a size you determine and send you the wish lists for each family member.  You purchase gifts for the family and deliver them to the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection during designated drop off times.  We make sure the family receives their gifts.


How do I sign up?

You can sign up online here. If you are having trouble with the online form, please email pss.aaf@pssoc.org or call (949) 478-1914 and we will provide a fillable PDF or paper form. 


When is the deadline to sign up?

The deadline to sign up is Friday, December 14, 2018. However, families are matched on a first come, first served basis.  We recommend signing up as soon as possible.


How much should I spend?

We recommend buying several gifts for each family member, based on the provided wish lists and what you are comfortable with financially.  Since it is a wish list, not a “needs” list, you are not under any obligation to buy every item on the list.


I can’t do Christmas Adopt-a-Family this year.  Are there other ways to help?

We recognize that it can be a significant financial commitment to fully adopt a family.  Other options would be to adopt a family as part of a group, like your extended family, neighbors, church, or other organization.  Many people find it to be a fun experience to share with their friends and family, and then people can “divide and conquer” the wish lists so it’s not too big of a burden for any individual.


We are also doing a “Making Memories” drive and are collecting experience gifts, like gift cards/tickets to the movies, local attractions, etc.  Visit this page to learn more: click here. We also welcome monetary donations in any amount.


Why can’t I wrap the gifts?

We ask that you leave the gifts unwrapped for liability and safety purposes.  You are welcome to put the gifts in gift bags or baskets as long as we are able to inspect the gifts.  You can also choose to provide wrapping paper and supplies for the parent.


What kinds of gifts are encouraged?

Most toys, clothes, small electronics, gift cards, tickets to local attractions, etc are fine.  Please do not include religious materials or cash.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.


Where and when do I drop off the gifts?

This year we are excited to partner with the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach.


Drop off address:

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

9812 Hamilton Avenue

Huntington Beach, California


Drop off times:

Wednesday, December 12

9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 


Thursday, December 13

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Friday, December 14

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Saturday, December 15

9:00 am – 11:00 am


Monday, December 17

3:00 – 6:00 pm


Tuesday, December 18

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Wednesday, December 19

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


I can’t drop off the gifts during those days/times.  What do I do? 

Please contact us to make alternate arrangements.  Email pss.aaf@pssoc.org or call (949) 478-1914.


Why aren’t you at the Senior Center in Huntington Beach anymore?

We received a grant that allowed us to separate from the City of Huntington Beach and expand our services to clients all over Orange County.  We were offered office space at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach, where our program now operates from.  We have limited storage space at our new office, so the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection was gracious enough to offer us a convenient location to house our Adopt-a-Family program.


Who gets the gifts?

You will be matched with a family in the Project Self-Sufficiency program.  Each family is composed of a single parent and at least one child.  Our clients are all low-income, single parents who are enrolled in college pursuing higher education in the Orange County area.


How am I matched with a family?

You indicate on your sign-up form your preference for family size.  We do our best to match you with your preference.  Signing up as early as possible increases the chances that we can honor your preference. 


Why do you limit the number of families I can adopt? 

We want to make sure many different people in the community have an opportunity to adopt a family.  You are welcome to contribute to our Making Memories drive (insert link).  We are collecting experience gifts, such as gift cards/tickets to the movies, local attractions, indoor play spaces, the zoo, etc.


Can I meet the family I am matched with?

For confidentiality purposes, PSS families do not have direct contact with donors.  We appreciate your understanding.  You will receive a thank you card in the mail from the family you were matched with, which we forward from the family.  You are welcome to include a note or card with the gifts with your holiday well wishes for the family.