Throughout the year, STEP strives to build healthy relationships with community partners to acquire in-kind donations and sponsorship, so we can provide events to our military and veteran families. These events are meant to directly offset costs families would incur if they were trying to provide entertainment from their monthly family budget and help provide a short period of relief from the stress involved with financial hardship. Families are able to enjoy quality time together without impacting their long-term financial growth. 

If you would like any information on the following events, please email

Annual Baby Drive


STEP collects baby items at various locations from March 1 – March 31 to distribute to our young military families throughout the year. Some of the items will be distributed at our Military Family Appreciation Carnival, Warehouse on Wheels, and maintaining supplies in our warehouse for client warehouse visits. STEP is looking to collect:


  • Diapers and Wipes

  • New/Gently Used Baby Clothes and Toys

  • New/Gently Used Strollers and High Chairs

  • New Car Seats/Booster Chairs and Cribs

  • Retail and Grocery Gift Cards


If you would like to host a donation drop off point for 2021, please contact Tracie Winn,

Military Family Appreciation Carnival

"This is such a great event. It's nice to be able to show up, have fun as a family and not have to worry about a thing! Thank you for everything you guys do to make this life a bit easier."  -Steven


Each Spring, STEP presents a free day of fun for E1-E6 military families in the San Diego area in conjunction with MCAS. Come enjoy the free entertainment, live bands, distribution of baby items, prize giveaways, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon artist, bounce house and other fun activities. Complimentary food is provided to the first 100 families who register in advance with inexpensive food options for all in attendance.  


Please like us on Facebook ( for notification of Open Registration. Space is limited!


Sponsorships are also available. Please contact Tracy Owens,  for more information.  

Thanksgiving Meals


"Even though it's my husband's first Thanksgiving at home (not deployed) in four years,  wasn't sure how we could afford a turkey.  Thanks to STEP, my husband is excited about having a full Thanksgiving Dinner. Thank you so much, I can't explain how much this means to us." -Sara


The Southern California community comes together to donate turkeys and more to help ensure that military and veteran families can celebrate with a traditional Thanksgiving meal.


Keep your eye on STEP’s Facebook page ( for information about available Thanksgiving Meals for military and veteran families. 


To donate or host a donation drop off point for our 2020 Thanksgiving Food Drive, please contact

Sharing The Joy


Wow, thank you isn't enough to express how appreciative we are. Truly brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and everyone who has made this possible for our 3 children." Adam


STEP’s opportunity to Share the Joy of the holidays links military and veteran families who are currently struggling or recovering from financial hardship, with civilian families and corporate sponsors throughout the Southern California community. If your family is struggling this year, ‘like’ our Facebook page ( and watch for the open sign up starting in September.


Specific criteria for consideration:  

  • Has a Financial Need

  • Active Duty or Recently Discharged (honorably within 18 months)

  • Pay Grades E-1 through E-6

  • Reside in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern or Ventura County

  • Registration does not guarantee participation as we are dependent upon community partners for family adoptions. 



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Monday - Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

(858) 695-6810


1631 Sunflower Ave., Suite C34, Santa Ana, CA 92704

(714) 444-0075


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