2017 Adopt A Family Program

December 18-21, 2017
OC Fair & Event Center
**Gate 3***

Since its inception, SOS has been linking generous community members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. This holiday season marks the 48th year of the Share Our Selves annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, the Adopt A Family Program will connect donors with more than 1,500 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools. The event will take place at the OC Fair & Event Center from December 18-21, 2017.

SOS would like to extend a huge thank you to the OC Fair & Event Center for their generosity in providing the use of their facility to SOS’ Adopt A Family Program.

Adopt A Family

Registration to Adopt A Family for the 2017 holiday season is now CLOSED.
However, You can still participate in a number of ways.

dot We can always use additional toys and other gifts (especially for teenagers), non-perishable food, and grocery and clothing store (Target, Walmart, Kohls, Old Navy) gift cards. Gifts and/or gift cards cards need to be brought to the Orange County Fairgrounds on Monday, December 18 between 10am-4pm. Enter the Fairgrounds through Gate 3 and follow the signs to Adopt-A-Family.

dot Volunteer on Tuesday, December 19, Wednesday December 20, or Thursday, December 21.

Additionally, donations can still be made which will directly benefit the Adopt A Family Program. To donate to this program, please click below.


How do we sign up to Adopt A Family?
How can I volunteer to help with Adopt A Family?
When will I find out who my family is?
Will we get to meet our adopted family?
What do we need to provide if we adopt a family?
What does it mean to provide Christmas dinner?
Do you have more gift card ideas?
Do you have suggestions on where to purchase school uniforms?
What is the delivery day this year?
What if I am going to be out of town on the delivery day?

How do we sign up to Adopt A Family?
Unfortunately, no donor sign-up forms can be accepted after Wednesday, December 13. However, there are still plenty of ways to participate in this program. Please see above for all of the ways you can still contribute in brightening the holidays for OC families in need.

How can I volunteer to help with Adopt A Family?
We also need assistance from Tuesday, December 19 through Thursday, December 21 at the OC Fair & Event Center. Volunteers are needed for set up, wrapping gifts, packing boxes for the families not adopted by a specific donor, unloading donors’ cars, volunteers with large vehicles to deliver to schools and other recipient organizations on December 21, and much more.

If you would like to volunteer, you must register with us ahead of time by filling out our Volunteer Inquiry Form.

When will I find out who my family is?
We will begin sending donors the information on their adopted family after November 13.

Will we get to meet our adopted family?
In order to preserve their anonymity and dignity, you will not be able to meet your adopted family. However, know that your gifts are very much appreciated.

What do we need to provide if we adopt a family?
When you adopt a family we ask you to provide both Christmas gifts & food. You choose the family size, but you must provide at least 2 new gifts for each child (some donors provide more and many include something for the adults, but this is not required). Gift cards are also welcome. For food, please provide a minimum of $10 per family member in grocery gift cards and/or non perishable food items. Grocery store gift cards are highly recommended.

What does it mean to provide holiday dinner?
This is very simple. You can purchase gift cards to local grocery stores, and/or provide canned goods, produce, and other non perishables for your “adopted” family to prepare their own holiday dinner. Grocery gift cards can be purchased from Stater Bros., Ralphs, or Food4Less – all have locations close to our “adopted” families. We suggest a modest amount of at least $10 per family member if you decide to provide only gift cards. Some donors provide both food items and gift cards.

Grocery Store Gift Card Information
In some cases the family may specify a specific store where they do their grocery shopping. Donors may want to purchase gift cards from those stores. We have listed the most common stores and their locations. If no specific store is mentioned by the family we recommend Ralphs/Food4Less or Stater Bros.

Food4Less & Ralphs
There are two Food4Less grocery stores in Santa Ana. They are owned by Kroger, which is also the parent company of Ralphs, so Ralphs gift cards can be used at Food4Less. Some Ralphs gift cards have the logo of all Kroger stores on the back of the card. These are best for AAF so that the family can see that they do not have to go to a Ralphs to use the gift cards. Gift cards are available in any amount.



Stater Bros.
Stater Bros. gift cards are available in denominations of: $10.00, $15.00, $25.00, $50.00 or $100.00. Stater Bros. are located throughout Orange County.

El Super Grocery
There are several El Super grocery stores in Orange County. Gift cards can be used at all of their locations.

Superior Grocer (formerly La Superior grocery)
There are several Superior Grocer stores in Orange County. Gift cards can be used at all of their locations.

Northgate Markets

Northgate Markets There are several Northgate Markets in Santa Ana. Gift cards can be used at all of their locations.

Do you have gift card ideas?
Gift cards to local stores are very helpful, especially for teenagers and parents. Some stores to consider include: Target, Shoe City, WSS, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less, Kohl’s, Old Navy, Forever 21, Walmart and Toys-R-Us. Retail Visa or MasterCard gift cards can also be purchased at stores such as Rite-Aid, CVS, or other national retailers. Please avoid bank-issued gift cards because of the fees for use and expiration date.

Do you have suggestions on where to purchase school uniforms?
School uniforms are plain white tops with long or short sleeves and a collar (polo shirts or buttoned), navy blue or khaki (tan)bottoms, and plain navy blue sweaters/sweatshirts unless otherwise specified on the Donor Agreement. Many stores have website availability when not available in store. We always suggest you include the gift receipt. The schools have provided these names of stores that sell school uniforms.

Fallas has several stores located throughout Orange County.

Old Navy




What is the delivery day this year?
Donations must be delivered to the OC Fair and Event Center, on Wednesday, December 20 between 8:00 am – 11:00 am. It is essential that contributions be dropped off during these hours as recipient organization pick-ups begin shortly thereafter. Those adopting 4 or more families will be contacted with specific drop off information for December 18th and 19th.

What if I am going to be out of town on the delivery day?
If you need to drop off your gifts early, please contact our adopt a family team at 949.270.2187 or email aaf@shareourselves.org