For children and families in crisis who come to Foothill Family for treatment and healing, the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time.
While others in the community are rushing to purchase last-minute gifts and planning festive meals, these families are facing the daily challenges of overcoming trauma or abuse, often while struggling to stretch very limited resources.
More than 90 percent of our client children are from poverty level or low-income families that have difficulty meeting even basic needs such as clothing, food, and housing. Without assistance, a great number of these families would not be able to celebrate the holidays at all.
A New Holiday Program Concept
Making Seasons Brighter is Foothill Family's transformed holiday program, sponsored by the Friends of Foothill Family! With the support of Friends members, scout troops, local community members, businesses, and YOU, Making Seasons Brighter will bring holiday gifts of clothes, toys, and necessities to local families in need during the holiday season. But rather than handing clients wrapped gifts in various bulk, the new program allows them to equitably select items, free of charge, that they need and want. This empowers our clients to be providers for their families and experience the joy of having selected the gifts that their children will unwrap on Christmas morning.
Here is how it works. As with past years of the Adopt-A-Family program, all of our participant families have been identified by our therapists and staff as the clients with the highest need. Foothill Family has compiled the wish lists from past years to assess the greatest, most common needs and requests from our Adopt-A-Family participants. We have broken them down into five broad categories: clothing, home goods, kitchenware, hygiene and cleaning, kids and teens. In November, generous donors like you can purchase items that fall under these categories and ship them to or drop them off at Foothill Family's administrative office at 2500 E. Foothill Boulevard, Suite 300, Pasadena, CA 91107.
Early in December, the Friends of Foothill Family will host pop-up shops at our Foothill Family centers in Pasadena, Duarte, El Monte (2), West Covina, and Pomona. Clients will visit our centers and "shop" for items for their family members. Each store will also have a gift wrapping station so that families can wrap their presents to put under their tree!
Save Time - Order Online (and Ship Direct!)
Are you an online and/or a Cyber-Monday shopper? Purchase your donations on Amazon and have them shipped directly to Foothill Family! While you're there, you can increase your impact by using your regular, personal login through
Amazon Smile and 0.5% of eligible items purchased will automatically be donated to Foothill Family!
Once you're in your account through Amazon Smile, go to Accounts & Lists at the top right where you would access your account information, click on Find a List or Registry, and type in Foothill Family. This will access the Making Seasons Brighter wish list. Shop from the list (or add other items as you prefer) and ship it all directly to Foothill Family at 2500 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite 300, Pasadena, CA 91107. Good deeds for the holiday season, done! Don't forget to bookmark your Amazon Smile page - continue to shop all year long and know you're supporting a worthy cause!
If your Amazon Smile is already connected to another organization, click here to go straight to our Making Seasons Brighter Amazon Wish List.
Other Ways to Participate
In addition, you can support the program through several ways:
1) Make a financial donation.
2) Host a drive at your business workplace, school, or even among friends, for any or all of the categories requested. Contact us to set this up.
3) Consider placing a Giving Tree at your site, with specific "wish onaments" based on the categories requested. Contact us to set this up.
4) Spread the word and tell your friends and family about the program.
About the Program
Foothill Family has had a holiday program in place to support its clients in greatest need for almost 20 years. Making Seasons Bright, the new holiday program format that evolved from Adopt-A-Family, began in 2016 and empowers families to be participants in their holiday experience, rather than recipient bystanders. This can make all the difference to position them as the providers that they strive to be for their families, and helps them to feel supported and cared for during the holidays as they work toward a place of healing and hope for a brighter future.
If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Myrna Medina, Development Coordinator, at email@example.com or (626) 993-3034.