Old Mission
Founded 1804
Capuchin Franciscan
Santa Inés
Solvang, California
Sacred Heart Sisters
Mission Santa Inés

Christmas Basket Program

The Christmas Basket program is designed to reach those who are experiencing the greatest financial challenges at this special season.  It is open to those families who have minor children (17 years of age and under) that live in the Santa Ynez Valley only (Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, Ballard, and Santa Ynez). Applicants must demonstrate need, and may not be a participant in any other program.

Baskets must be picked up by the applicant on Friday Dec. 21st (NO EXCEPTIONS). 

2019 Christmas Basket Program Details:

Applications available at Old Mission Santa Inés Parish Office starting October 2nd

  • Registration/Interview Dates:

Friday October  4 -       4 PM - 7 PM              Lower Conference Room
Friday October 11 -      4 PM - 7 PM              Lower Conference Room
Friday  October 18 -    12:00 PM-2:00 PM     Lower Conference Room
Friday  October 18 -      4 PM - 7 PM             Lower Conference Room
Friday October  25 -      4 PM - 7 PM             Office next to Gift Shop
Wednesday October 30 -    4 PM - 7 PM       Lower Conference Room 

  • Applications due by October 30, 2019
  • Families available for "adoption" starting November 23-24, 2019 - Select names on Jesse Tree in back of church
  • Deliver baskets to the Parish Hall - December 18th and 19th - 10AM to 2PM
  • Help is needed in the Parish Hall - December 16th, 17th, 18th 10AM to 2PM - sorting, wrapping, organizing
  • Distribution of gifts - December 20th from 1PM to 5PM

For more information, contact:
Genevieve Geyser @ 805-688-2106, 805-452-3140 (cell)

The Christmas Basket Program is an annual community event coordinated by the Old Mission Santa Inés and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Every year we bring together many Santa Ynez Valley organizations, businesses, churches, and individuals to provide “Christmas” for struggling Valley families who might otherwise go without.

Families in Need:

Recipients must be residents of the Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Ballard, or Los Olivos). The program is open to families with minor children who are struggling financially and are unable to provide for their families at Christmastime.  Applications to participate in the program are available beginning in October. During the month of October, completed applications are turned in during the times listed below. Families are notified of acceptance to the program in the first week of November.

Each family receives not only a large hamper of food, staples, and toiletries but also a large decorated box filled with wrapped presents for each family member, as well as a gift card for a local grocery store and fresh chickens donated by El Rancho Market.

For those wishing to "adopt a family" in this program, family descriptions noting age, gender and size are prepared and placed on a "Jesse Tree" at the back of the Church starting the last Sunday in November.  Families are “adopted” by local businesses, organizations, families, or groups. Those who adopt families then shop for presents for each family member with an emphasis on the children. Providing not only toys, but warm clothing, and household items. They then wrap the presents and prepare their gift boxes (which we provide) and return them to the Parish Hall at the Old Mission the Monday and Tuesday of the basket distribution day. Our volunteers then organize the boxes and prepare the food hampers that accompany each box.

Adopt a Family:
There are many ways for people to help.  We need financial donations to assist in the purchase of food for the food hampers.  All donations are tax-deductible and all funds go directly to the families. There are no administrative fees. We need individuals, groups, or organizations to adopt families. People can donate additional food items (cereal, peanut butter, Jelly, Juice, etc) or individual gifts. We also need volunteers to help wrap, organize, and prepare the gift and food baskets.

For information please contact
Genevieve Geyser @ 805-688-2106, 805-452-3140 (cell)

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