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STEAC holiday drive brings Christmas cheer

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Rosa de la Torre and Janet Torres are all smiles as volunteer Jeff Yee wheels boxes of food and Christmas gifts to their waiting vehicle last December on the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee's distribution day at First Baptist Church. This year, 400 families who are "adopted" by local businesses, families, churches and service organizations will be the ones smiling. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise file photo

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What: STEAC adopt-a-family program

When: Food and gifts must be delivered Dec. 10-12

Where: First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd.

Sign up: Visit www.steac.org, call 530-758-8435 or email steac@steac.org

Volunteers are already hard at work, preparing for a program that has become a staple of Davis’ holiday season.

For more than 30 years, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee has organized a program that ensures that many of the city’s struggling families receive the necessities around Christmas time.

Susan Simon, executive director of STEAC, has overseen the holiday program for nine of those years. Her impression is that it’s more essential than ever to a growing number of families in need.

“It’s always been the highlight of the year for STEAC and a good portion of the community,” Simon said. “What we’re starting to see (is that) we’re having to turn families away.”

The holiday program can serve only 400 families, or approximately 1,500 people, due to the limit on what the community can realistically support. To qualify for the program, participants must be Davis residents and not earn more than what is allowed by federal poverty guidelines.

Almost 300 families already have been adopted but 100 more are awaiting their special holiday angels.

Donors may select the size of the family they wish to adopt — ranging from elderly or homeless individuals to financially burdened eight-person families — before receiving a list of food items to purchase. The food includes household staples like cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables and meats as well as all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal.

Each member of the recipient family also is asked to list two gift items, which typically are toys, clothing or gift cards.

Along with the food and gifts, STEAC also has a coat or jacket and a book for each member of the family.

“Lyon Realty donated a large amount of coats again this year, as have several other groups in Davis, and the Davis schools have played a big part in helping us provide the books,” said STEAC board president Cass Sylvia.

“A lot of Davis families like to do this,” Simon said of the adopt-a-family program. “There are some young people in the city who are quite privileged, and it gives them the idea that there are people who don’t have as much in the world.

“We’ve been doing this so long that we now have kids that have grown up and are bringing their kids to do this, which is kind of fun to see.”

Distribution of the mountains of boxes of food and gifts takes place in mid-December at First Baptist Church in rural West Davis.

“When (the families) come out to get the donations, they’re extremely grateful,” Simon said. “With some of the families, this is it — this is all they’re going to have for Christmas. They just don’t have the money to do it.

“It’s extremely poignant when there are small children involved. Part of the joy of having a child is the holidays.”

To learn more about the program and to adopt a family, visit www.steac.org, call 530-758-8435 or email steac@steac.org.

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052.

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