Adopt-a-Family Christmas

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 cindy@saintjudetheapostle.org

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 cindy@saintjudetheapostle.org

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Adopt-a-Family Collection 2017

THANK YOU for joining us in the 2017 ADOPT-A-FAMILY COLLECTION.  We are inspired by your generosity in giving your time, talent and resources to help many less fortunate brothers and sisters in our community.  This year 944 families (a total of 3,851 people served) in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties will be able to enjoy a brighter Christmas by receiving gifts and food from you.  This number includes:

  • 170 Seniors and senior couples through OASIS
  • 100 Teen parents through Adolescent and Family Services
  • 100 homeless men living on Skid Row

All family units are served by:  Catholic Charities (Ventura, Oxnard, Moorpark), Many Mansions, Lutheran Social Services, St. Malachy Church, RAIN and Westminster Free Clinic. 

Our resources were able to serve even more this year by having St. Jude’s Knights of Columbus adopt the 100 homeless men on Skid Row.  They provided “Comfort Buckets” packed with care bags, items to provide warmth and protection from rain and coupons to secure warm meals.  They were the fortunate recipients of items supplied by Chick-fil-A, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Hook Burger, McDonald’s, National Charity League, Pieology Pizzeria, T.O. Fish & Chips, Home Depot and Togo’s Sandwiches.  Thank you to St. Jude’s Knights and our generous local businesses!

A big THANK YOU to all who spent countless hours converting donation dollars into needed gifts; those who readied everything for collection day; the Packing Parties gang and at-home volunteers; families from Faith Formation who participates in the Toy Shop and Wrapping Night; Carlos, Efraim, and Daniel who assisted in every way; and those who gave their time and talent on collection day. 

Special gratitude to those who offered their handmade items (baby blankets, caps, booties, bears, and jewelry) for babies and their moms in shelters. 

Kudos to all who donated gently used and new sneakers for those living without a home and being served by Brother Joseph and his team.  There were 20+ large trash bags full!

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.

Our parish was generous with donations which provided much beyond the core collection above:  baby bags for Lighthouse Women and Children’s Shelter, James Storehouse, and Life Centers; extra toys for Care and Share and Westminster Free Clinic; gift cards for OASIS caregivers; Christmas stockings packed for One Stop Center by SEEKERS;  partnering with St. Max volunteers to provide gift bags for 100 women at Camp 13; and a bounty of sleeping bags and backpacks for homeless men/women in Ventura County!  So much to be thankful for!

MUCH GRATITUDE TO OUR GREAT ADOPT-A-FAMILY TEAM and VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN!

We all 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