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UPDATE: Our 2015 Annual Adopt-a-Family Gift Drive is now closed.


For many of the families we work with, the holidays can be an especially trying time. Years ago, Brighter Beginnings developed its Adopt-a-Family program to help make the holidays a less stressful and more joyous time for families in need by connecting them to the generosity of our donors.

How It WorksSanta and Little Girl

Through our “adoption” process, low-income families are matched with a donor who purchases seasonal gifts and drops them off at one of our centers in Alameda or Contra Costa County. Last year, 350 families and nearly 1,000 family members had their wish lists fulfilled. Donors contributed time and funds to gathering holiday gifts, while others came to our volunteer wrapping events to add sparkle and holiday magic to the gift bundles before our Staff delivered them to East Bay families in need.

Drop Off Locations

Donors can drop off their gifts at the following locations on Dec. 9th between 11am and 7pm and Dec. 12th from 10am to 5pm.

  • Oakland Gateway Center
    2648 International Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94601
  • Richmond MacDonald Center
    2727 Macdonald Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94804
  • Antioch First 5 Center
    512 West Fifth Street Antioch
    Antioch, CA 94509


Contact our Adopt-a-Family staff at