We are very excited to launch our holiday Adopt-A-Family program! Whether you have supported this program for years or this is your first time learning about it, your generosity will make the holidays bright for so many families this year.

Our Adopt-A-Family program gives members of our community the chance to give back and share a little love by “adopting” a family for the holidays. In years past, we have asked our donors to purchase and wrap gifts for a family in need. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure safety for our clients, our staff and our donors, we have made a few changes to our Adopt-A-Family program.

Here’s how the program will work this year in four simple steps:

Step 1: Please fill out the official form here: bit.ly/adoptafamily2020. A member from The Guidance Center’s Development team will contact you to give you the information about your adopted family. This will include a brief story of who the family is and how being adopted will make a difference in their lives this holiday season.

Step 2: Purchase a gift card or gift cards. This year, we ask that you only purchase gift cards for your adopted family. Our families will benefit from gift cards to Walmart or Target or grocery stores like Food 4 Less and Northgate. A Visa or MasterCard gift card will also work.

Step 3: Decorate a holiday card. This is where we hope you will get creative and the true holiday spirit will come to life. You can get the whole family involved in creating festive holiday cards for your adopted family. We encourage you to also include a heart-warming message in your card.

Step 4: Deliver your holiday card and gift cards. We are the bright green building located at 1301 Pine Ave. on the corner of Anaheim and Pine. We will have a festive holiday mail box located in the lobby of our front office for you to safely drop off your gift. *Please place the gift cards inside your holiday card and make sure your name is listed on the card. This will help make sure we give your card to the correct family.

*Important* To ensure safety for all, we are requiring that you sign up to drop off your gift on a designated date/time. Sign up information will be shared once you have been matched with a family.

If you are interested in adopting a family this year, you can sign up today! Visit bit.ly/adoptafamily2020 to get started.

Last holiday season, we had 90 families adopted totaling 373 children and caregivers. With your support, we can help even more families this year! We serve families of various sizes and greatly appreciate adoptions of any of our participating families.


“As [a] nonprofit run club, we try to find ways to giveback to our community. Working with The Guidance Center was a no brainer. Seeing our run community come together to do something positive was amazing. We look forward to adopting another family next year!” – Joaquin Nunez, Downtown Runners LB

“This is our annual family tradition and it means so much to us that we are able to bless a family from our abundance. Christmas is really about giving and it allows us to set a good example for our boys!” – The De Luna Family

“We told our family and loved ones that instead of buying gifts for each other we should all contribute to a family that needs it more than us. It was an amazing experience and we loved knowing that we were able to help these 5 foster kids.” – Hilda Tourians 

For more information, please see our list of frequently asked questions: Adopt-A-Family FAQ or contact our Chief Development Officer, Lorraine Lyou via email at llyou@tgclb.org or call 562-485-2276.