Each year through our Embrace-a-Family Program, individuals, families, and groups in our community help ensure local families have a joyous holiday celebration. Many Embrace-a-Family recipients would not receive any  Hanukkah or Christmas gifts without this program. You can make another family's holiday wishes come true!

Become an Embracer

How The Program Works
Embracers (donors) are matched with a local family 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 working to make ends meet.

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.

For more information, contact Meghan Camacho, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at (858) 637-3042 or meghanc@jfssd.org.

2014 Embrace Thank You

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 participating families.

Thank you for your support and respecting the privacy of our clients.



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Turk Family Center
8804 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, CA  92123

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