To protect the health and safety of our donors, staff, and families, we are asking donors who would like to adopt-a-family to make their donation in the form of gift cards only this year.

How It Works

Through this ‘adoption’ process, low-income families are matched with a donor who purchases gift cards to provide seasonal gifts and necessities for the family. The donor drops the gift cards off at one of our centers in Alameda or Contra Costa County and we distribute the gift cards to the adopted family. Last year approximately 275 families and nearly 1,000 family members had their holiday wishes fulfilled. Here’s what you’ll need to do to participate:

  1. Sign Up - all you need is an email address.

  2. Once the program opens for the season, choose a drop location from your accout page.

  3. Browse through the families available for adoption.

  4. Click the 'Adopt this Family' button once you find the family you would like to adopt.

  5. Complete the contact information form to finalize the adoption.

  6. Click 'Adopt' to receive a confirmation email.

  7. Purchase gift cards.

  8. Drop your gift cards off at your chosen drop location on your scheduled date.

  9. Have more questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Adopt-A-Family holiday program will open on November 7th! We are currently accepting donations or gift cards to be used for families who are either "under-adopted" or who have an adoption that falls through. If you are interested in helping with that need, please email jshallat@brighter-beginnings.org. Additionally, many of our programs could benefit from gift cards and specific items to help with the needs of assisting our families year-round. If you are interested in helping with that need, please email jshallat@brighter-beginnings.org. We thank you for all of your adoptions, and wish you the happiest of holidays!

Gift Drop Dates and Locations

Richmond

2727 Macdonald Ave
Richmond, CA 94804

510-213-6681

Dec 09, 10:00 am — 7:00 pm

Dec 12, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Antioch

512 West 5th Street
Antioch, CA 94509

925-848-4264

Dec 07, 10:00 am — 7:00 pm

Dec 12, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Oakland

2595 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601

510-437-8950

Dec 09, 10:00 am — 7:00 pm

Dec 12, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

About Brighter Beginnings

Brighter Beginnings has served the needs of families in low-resource communities in the East Bay since 1984. Today, we operate family resource centers and clinics in Oakland, Richmond, and Antioch and our programs help families cope with the personal, familial, and economic factors impacting their health. Last year we served over 4,700 clients across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the areas of family healthcare, early childhood development, teen family support, and community strengthening.

Years ago, we realized that many of our client families were struggling during the holiday season. To address this need, we launched our Adopt-A-Family program, inviting community members and local companies to 'adopt' one or more families and purchase 'gifts from the heart'.

How It Works - Through this 'adoption' process, low-income families are matched with donors who purchase seasonal gifts and drop them off at one of our centers in Alameda or Contra Costa County. Last year, over 300 families, and nearly 1,000 family members had their wish lists fulfilled.

Questions? Contact Us

jshallat@brighter-beginnings.org

Brighter Beginnings Website

Richmond

2727 Macdonald Ave,
Richmond,
CA, 94804

510-213-6681

Oakland

2595 International Blvd,
Oakland,
CA, 94601

510-437-8950

Antioch

512 W 5th Street ,
Antioch,
CA, 94509

1-925-848-4264