Adopt-a-Family Christmas

2017 SIGNUPS: Nov 18-19, 2017 At the doors after all Masses

2017 COLLECTION DAY: Saturday, December 9, 2017 in the St. Jude's Parking Lot from 9am to 3pm

About.  Each December parishioners have the opportunity to brighten Christmas for a low-income or homeless family.  A family is chosen according to size.  The parishioner then provides a gift for each family member and a food gift card.  The items are boxed and labeled with an ID number and brought to the church parking lot to be packed onto trucks which will deliver the donations to specific service agencies.

You can also volunteer on collection day to unload cars, mark boxes, load trucks, wrap gifts, etc. for two hour shifts. 

Additionally, your company or neighbors can adopt a family or participate in the parking lot on collection day.  Community Service Hours are available.  To sign up, contact Cindy Kozal (818) 889-0612 or

To get involved email Coordinators Jackie & John Treuting  or call (805)495-4630.  Thank You!

Adopt-a-Family Sign Up: Please contact Jackie & John Treuting  or call (805)495-4630.  Adopting a family at Christmastime has become a tradition for scores of St. Jude’s parishioners.   It’s an opportunity to brighten your holiday season and that of a less fortunate family.  We can find just the right family for you, with the names, ages and clothing sizes of all family members and provide information on how to prepare your donation boxes for drop off. Adopt-a-Family Instructions.  

Collection Day Sign Ups.  As parishioners deliver their Adopt-a-Family boxes to the church parking lot, we will need help with all sorts of jobs:  set-up, traffic control, labeling boxes, assembling, loading trucks, the unforeseen, and clean-up.  To sign up, contact Cindy Kozal (818) 889-0612 or

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qpfwi1e3j5s6ocxkbl6c9jrymll.pngCalling all gently used sneakers which are not being used: Thank you for generously making Christmas special this year for a family in need. We want to make you aware of an additional request received to obtain gently used sneakers for the homeless, as many of these folks could use them in the coming winter months. Please check you closets for men’s, women’s, or children’s sneakers of fair condition that are no longer in use. If you can spare them, bring them with you, with laces tied, to the Adopt-a-Family collection on December 9th. Thank you for helping us respond to this request!

THANK YOU for joining us in the 2016 Adopt-a-Family Program.  We are inspired to have so many involved in helping those less fortunate in our community.  This year 877 families in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties will be able to enjoy a brighter Christmas season by receiving gifts and food from you. This included families living in low-income housing and single rooms, and also:

  • 64 babies and moms in shelters
  • 75 seniors and senior couples
  • 100 homeless men and women and some homeless families
  • 74 teen parents
  • 100 women in detention.

Happy and appreciative recipient organizations:  Catholic Charities (Ventura, Oxnard, and Moorpark), Lutheran Services, Many Mansions, St. Malachy Catholic Church, Lighthouse Women and Children’s Shelter, Life Centers, Tender Life, RAIN, Conejo Pregnancy Center, Adolescent Family Program, OASIS, Agoura Hills Convalescent Home, Camp 13 and L.A. Outreach with Gary, Jzhan, and Jzay delivering.

A big thank you to all who spent countless hours converting donation dollars into needed gifts; those who readied everything for collection day; families from Faith Formation who participated in the Toy Shop and Wrapping Night; parishioners who donated extra gifts and gift cards; Carlos, Efraim and Daniel who assisted in every way; the “Packing Party” gang; folks who did “homework” to prepare needed items; and all who gave their time and talent to help on collection day. 

Much gratitude to those who offered their handmade items (baby blankets, caps, booties and jewelry) for babies and their moms in shelters and women and teens being adopted. 

We appreciate St. Jude School students, Confirmation classes, ministries, businesses, social groups, and friends of the parish who joined together to take care of large families.

In addition, Loaves and Fishes ministry "Holidays for the Homeless" coordinated by Steve and Pam Yantzer, donated 300 duffel bags filled with warm items and toiletries to Turning Point, the Veterans Center, and Brother Joseph's outreach.  Thanks to the private donations funding this project and to Monica Larson and eight eighth-grade students who came to assemble them.

KUDOS TO OUR GREAT ADOPT-A-FAMILY TEAM WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN!  We wish you many blessings at Christmas and in the coming year!

Adopt-a-Family donations will bring the spirit of Christmas to families assisted by Ventura Catholic Charities, Oxnard Catholic Charities, St. Malachy's Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Catholic Charities Moorpark, Lutheran Services in Thousand Oaks and Many Mansions in Thousand Oaks.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.  I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink." Matthew 25:35