Each year through our Embrace-a-Family Program, individuals, families,
and groups in the community help ensure families in need have a joyous
holiday celebration. Many Embrace-a-Family recipients would not have
Hanukkah or Christmas celebrations without this program.
I have not been able to work this year, my family and I have been
struggling. I would not have been able to celebrate the holidays and
give gifts to my family without your help. I just want you to know how
happy you made me and my children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart
for thinking about my family and for all these thoughtful presents.”
– Embrace-a-Family Recipient
How the Program Works
Embracers are matched with a family in need and provide toys, clothes, food, gift certificates, and more. Embracers are provided with a description of the family, including gender and ages of children and their holiday wish lists. This is a great way for you, your family, group, and/or business to make the holiday season a little brighter for a family who is struggling to make ends meet.
524 families in need this season
We need YOUR help to embrace 84 Christmas families!
Donate Gifts or Gift Certificates
Even if you can’t embrace a family, you can still participate. Donate new, unused toys and/or other gifts, or gift certificates. Cash donations are also greatly appreciated for last minute gift purchases.
Christmas gifts due Sunday, December 15
- San Diego: Jewish Family Service 8:30am–4:00pm
8788 Balboa Ave. • San Diego 92123
Please drive to the east side of the building all the way in the back
- Encinitas: JFS North County Coastal Office 8:30am–1:30pm
285 North El Camino Real, Suite 215 • Encinitas 92024
For more information, contact Andrea Vaz Antunes, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at (858) 637-3042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I think one of the positive aspects of going through rough times financially is having the opportunity to see the good and kindness that people have to offer. I am humbled and inspired to give to others when I get back on my feet. Thank you so very much for making such a difference!"
– Embrace-a-Family Recipient
Confidentiality and Meeting the Families
JFS strives to give our clients the dignity and confidentiality they deserve. In order to best respect this confidentiality, we do not allow Embracers to meet the family(ies) and will not provide Embracers with names of family members.
We recognize the disconnect this can often cause between children and the families they are embracing. In order to keep the Embrace-a-Family Program meaningful for your children, we recommend going through the wish list(s) you receive upon becoming an embracer. Go through the ages and genders of the family members and ask your children to draw a picture of what the family looks like. This is a good opportunity to teach your children about the Jewish values of tikkun olam and tzedakah, while preserving the dignity of families in need.
Thank you for your support and respecting the privacy of our clients.