Holiday Baskets

Thank you for

making spirits bright

during the holidays!


Thank you for giving joy to over 7,000 people in need this holiday season!

Hope can start with something as simple as a holiday gift. Holiday Baskets helps alleviate the financial stress of the holidays and makes a hard time of year brighter, especially for children. Our 2019 Holiday Baskets program was a 3-day holiday distribution at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that provided food, coats, blankets, infant items and gifts for over 7,000 people in need, including 3,000 children and 300 seniors. Holiday Baskets helps families connect to CRC’s services, including food, case management, counseling, and shelter from domestic violence. Holiday Baskets would not be possible without the support of hundreds of local businesses and volunteers! Thank you to our Holiday Baskets sponsors!

Make a gift to Holiday Baskets

Help over 6,000 people in need

Thank you to our Sponsors






Holiday Baskets Frequently Asked Questions

Does a family really get a basket?

No, even better … each family fills their own shopping cart with jackets, blankets, books, baby items and toys that they choose for themselves. Only the food is pre-packaged.

Who gets to shop at Holiday Baskets?

To participate in Holiday Baskets, individuals and families must: live, work or go to school in North County San Diego and have an annual household income at or below 80% of the area median income. Registration takes place in September and finishes when CRC has filled all of the 1,500 slots available. Our 2019 registration is now closed.

When do participants do their Holiday Baskets shopping?

Holiday Baskets takes place Friday, December 13th to Sunday, December 15th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand. CRC and volunteers move in and start setting up on December 5th.

I would like to donate items - what can I give?

Thank you for donating towards Holiday Baskets! You can help by collecting the following items:

  • Food (non-perishable items such as canned food, beans, pasta)
  • Bicycles (new or gently used of all sizes)
  • Outerwear (new or gently-used winter coats, jackets and sweatshirts of all sizes)
  • Toys (new and unwrapped) for children and teens
  • Blankets (new or gently-used)

View our 2019 Holiday Baskets Wish List

Do you accept cash donations?

Yes, in fact we can often purchase items at well under their retail value, especially most-needed food items. Give a holiday gift online

Can I adopt a family?

Like many organizations we no longer offer family adoptions.  Our department store format allows families to choose their most wanted items and allows us to serve over 1,500 families, 6,000 community members, many many more than with an adoption program.

Can I contribute a large number of items?

We are always looking for larger donations.  Please contact Patricia Moore at for more information.

Do I wrap my donations?

Because we offer the dignity of choice, all items are unwrapped and displayed like at a store.

Where can I drop off my donations?

Holiday Baskets donations can be delivered to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand (by the racetrack) between
Friday, December 6 and Thursday, December 12, 10 am – 6 pm and Friday, December 13, 9 am – 12 pm

Holiday Baskets takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Grandstand, located at: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014


For questions about donation drives, volunteering, sponsoring or giving back to Holiday Baskets, please email us at or use the contact form below. Please call 211 for other holiday assistance programs, as Holiday Baskets has ended for 2019. If you need food, shelter or other assistance, please contact us or (760) 753-8300.