Help a PSS Family this holiday season!

You can make the holidays a little brighter for a single parent and their kids by providing a holiday stocking or by donating to our emergency relief fund.

Build a stocking for a PSS Kid

To build a stocking for a PSS kid: 

  1. Sign up with a $20 donation.
  2. Assemble your stocking.
  3. Drop it off on November 22 (or ship it by December 1).

What to include for each child: 

  • Standard 12”-15” inch stocking 
  • Small toys, gifts, and goodies 

Need more ideas? Check out our idea guide and FAQ here

Update 11/20/2020: Our Build-a-Stocking sign-up list is full! Thank you to our amazing community members. Please consider making a donation to our emergency relief fund or contact Stephanie, our Community Engagement Coordinator, at for other opportunities to surprise PSS families for the holidays.

Donate toward holiday assistance for PSS families

Don’t have time to build a stocking? Consider a gift to our emergency relief fund to provide holiday assistance for PSS single parents and their children. Funds will be distributed equitably among PSS families.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why aren’t you doing the regular Adopt-a-Family program this year?

Our usual process of matching PSS families and accepting/distributing large items is not a feasible option this year due to health and logistical concerns related to COVID-19. Our goal to help PSS families for the holidays while also protecting the health of everyone involved. Thanks for understanding!

What should go in the stocking?

You can include small toys, gifts, and prepackaged treats. For more ideas, check out our idea guide. To maintain fairness for the kids, please do not spend more than approximately $30 per stocking (excluding the initial $20 donation toward the gift card). If you would like to donate toward additional holiday assistance for PSS families, please donate here.

What should NOT go in the stocking?

Please do not include cash, religious or political materials, or homemade baked goods.  

How do I get the stockings to PSS?

You can drive by and drop off your stocking(s) here: 

Sunday, November 22  

12:00-2:00 pm  

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection   

9812 Hamilton Ave, Huntington Beach  

You can also ship the stockings to our office at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living no later than December 1:  

Project Self-Sufficiency  

307 Placentia Ave, Suite 203  

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please note that the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living will not allow in-person drop-offs at this time. Please contact us for alternative arrangements.

Why can’t I spend more than $30 per stocking?

Please don’t spend more than about $30 per stocking, after the $20 gift card, to help maintain fairness for all the kids in our program. If you would like to contribute toward additional holiday assistance for families and their ongoing basic needs, like groceries and rental assistance, please donate here.

What will the $20 donation be used for?

PSS will provide a gift card for each child. The parent may choose to use the gift card to purchase gifts for their children or may give the gift card directly to their son or daughter, especially for an older child. We trust the parents in our program to use the card in the way most helpful for their family. 

Why is the deadline so much earlier this year?

Because part of our holiday assistance this year includes gift cards, many PSS parents need extra time to make sure they can order online or shop for gifts before Christmas.

Who are the families receiving assistance?

PSS serves low-income single parents, mostly single mothers, who are enrolled in college and working hard to transform the lives of their children through the power of education. To learn more about the PSS program, go here.

What are other ways to help?

Consider joining our Scholar Investment Team to support families year-round. Sign up for our email newsletter down below and follow us on social media for volunteer opportunities and updates.

Idea Guide

For infants/toddlers

  • Bath toys
  • Stacking cups
  • Small stuffed animal
  • Board books
  • Finger puppets
  • Small blanket
  • Play-Doh

For kids

  • Bubbles
  • Little animal figurines
  • Small doll or stuffed animal
  • Mini lego kit
  • Hot Wheels cars
  • Fidget spinner or sensory toy (slime, stress ball, etc)
  • Jump rope
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Activity/coloring books
  • Stickers
  • Small puzzle
  • Yo-yo
  • Play-Doh
  • Slinky
  • Bouncy ball
  • Card games
  • Prepackaged treats: Candy, hot cocoa mix, crackers, chips

For teens

  • Water bottle
  • Beanie/knit hat
  • $5 gift card for fast food (McDonald’s, In N Out, Taco Bell, etc)
  • Headphones/earbuds
  • Pens, markers, or colored pencils
  • Mini sketchbook
  • Fidget spinner or sensory toy (i.e. stress ball)
  • Small puzzles, brainteasers
  • Whoopee cushion
  • Colorful duct tape
  • Chapstick
  • Prepackaged treats: Candy, hot cocoa mix, hot chips

Project Self-Sufficiency

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Tax ID #33-0597719

307 Placentia Ave, Suite 203 Newport Beach, CA 92663

Located inside the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living