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Holiday Hearts

That special time is coming near, bring a child with cancer some holiday cheer!


For years, the Holiday Hearts festivities at Jacob’s Heart have delivered hope and support to families facing one of life’s greatest challenges. There are a variety of ways to get involved! Keep reading to see how you can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer this holiday season.

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Adopt a Family

We’re looking for donors to adopt 75 Jacob’s Heart families this holiday season.

What does it mean to adopt a family?

Glad you asked! The process is simple. Each year, children actively in treatment, and their siblings, send their wish lists to Jacob’s Heart. Each kiddo in the family can request three holiday gifts. Donors adopt a family, shop for gifts, and deliver them to Jacob’s Heart. You should expect ~ $150 per child, including a $25 gas or gift card for mom and dad.


The sizes of our families vary, so we can match you with the perfect family for your budget.


Interested in adopting? Fill out this form to get started! You’ll receive a wishlist, deadlines and program rules via email.

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Donate $25 Gas and Grocery Cards

If you’re looking for a way to extend your support to families beyond the holiday season, this is the option for you! Families struggling with financial challenges always appreciate gas and grocery cards. Every little bit helps, so when we have them, we hand out gift cards to families throughout the year. Help us grow our bank of gift cards by donating today!


Our families love to shop at Target, Walmart, Safeway and Foodmaxx. Gas cards can come from any station within our service area (Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and South Santa Clara counties.)


Please fill out this commitment form to learn more about the donation process!

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Host a Holiday Drive

This option is perfect for creative and passionate groups. Rally your people to host your own Jacob’s Heart holiday drive! Toy drives are a great way to spread holiday cheer, but we also love PJ drives, living essential drives, warm clothing drives and more. To learn about the most pressing needs that our families face, please send an inquiry to


If you want to sign up for a holiday drive this season, click this link to get started!

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But wait, there's more!

We’re committed to equipping you with all the tools you need to be a successful advocate for Jacob’s Heart children. So let’s make it easy for you to share your fundraising efforts with your friends and family!


If you’d like a press kit with pre-made social media posts, frames and captions, please reach out to to get yours today.

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