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Christmas Baskets: Where To Donate Items For The Needy

December 17, 1987

A growing number of Orange County's middle-class and working-poor families are facing a meager holiday this year, in part because of the area's high cost of living. The Food Distribution Center Serving Orange County distributed 7,500,000 pounds of food valued at $8,625,000 to 98,000 people last year, contrasted with 6,609,000 pounds of food during 1985.

The following listing includes countywide efforts by organizations, agencies and churches to make the holidays brighter for needy families. Donations must be made soon; many groups will begin distributing items this weekend.

Share Our Selves (SOS)

Rea Community Center

661 Hamilton St.

Costa Mesa, 92627

(714) 642-3451

For the 17th consecutive year, the nonprofit group will sponsor its "Adopt-A-Family" project. Donors, who are matched with needy families, must agree to buy food for Christmas dinner and to provide at least two new toys for each child. Although 1,000 families have been adopted, about 300 more needy families need donors. If you would like to be a donor, call (714) 642-3451 as soon as possible. SOS will also provide emergency food and shelter to the homeless.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday December 18, 1987 Orange County Edition Orange County Life Part 9 Page 7 Column 1 Metro Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
A listing on Thursday's Clipboard page regarding Christmas donations for the needy contained incorrect information on Friends In Service To Humanity. Checks should be made payable to FISH and mailed to 177 Riverside Ave., Box 133, Newport Beach, 92663.

Christian Temporary Housing Inc.

704 N. Glassel St.

Orange, 92667

(714) 771-2969

Founded 11 years ago, Orange County's oldest family shelter will provide Christmas food baskets to 80 residents. Clothing, toys and food donations will be accepted up to Christmas Eve. Resident children will be caroling Dec. 20-24 in the evening to raise money for a trip to Disneyland and to buy gifts for their families. Those who enjoy the music are asked to make a cash donation. Shelter employees, all themselves once homeless, will join residents in distributing sandwiches and cookies to others less fortunate.

Marine Corps Air Station El Toro

Toys For Tots

MAG-46, Building 296


Santa Ana, 92709

(714) 651-2627

Now in its 40th year, Toys For Tots collected 7.9 million toys nationally in 1986 for distribution by charitable groups. According to Marine Corps Reserve representatives in El Toro, gift-giving in Orange County has fallen far short of the 28,000 requests for toys. The program provides gifts to groups and agencies such as the Salvation Army, Feedback Foundation, the Interfaith Shelter and the Huntington Beach Head Start Program. Toys, board games and sports-type equipment for children 1-17 years old are requested by Friday. Gifts appropriate for youths 12-17 years old are desperately needed. The following collection sites will accept new, unwrapped toys or gifts: MainPlace/Santa Ana, Mission Viejo Mall, Brea Mall, the El Toro and Mission Viejo libraries and all fire stations in Fullerton, Garden Grove, Anaheim, San Clemente, Orange, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

Holiday Hope

County Health Care Agency-Volunteer Services

1440 East 1st St., Suite 305

Santa Ana, 92701

(714) 834-5585 or 834-5653

Since 1983, the volunteer organization has served the county's mental health and public health clients. The program used 4,000 pounds of food collected by the Orange County Postal Federal Employees Credit Union to assist families last year during the holiday season. New and used toys, clothes and blankets are needed. Individuals and businesses willing to adopt needy families by providing a complete holiday meal and gifts are asked to call (714) 834-5585 immediately. Non-perishable food donations can be made at any Orange County Post Office. Supermarket gift certificates will be purchased with cash donations. Please make checks payable to Holiday Hope and send to address listed. Donations are accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (deadline noon on Christmas Eve.) Since office is staffed by volunteers, please phone before coming.

Orange County Postal Federal Employees Credit Union

13902 Harbor Blvd.

Garden Grove, 92643

24000 Avila Road, (lower level)

Laguna Niguel, 92677

(714) 554-2700

Federal postal and credit union employees are working with "Holiday Hope" for the second consecutive year. Donation boxes for canned goods, non-perishable food and new toys have been placed in 68 post offices and both credit unions and donations will be accepted until Dec. 23. Toys received will distributed through "Operation Santa Claus."

Operation Santa Claus

Orange County Social Services

1440 E. 1st St.

Santa Ana, 92701

(714) 834-4703

In operation since 1973, the program makes the holiday season brighter for abused and neglected children at the Orangewood Children's Home, foster children and older adults. New, unwrapped toys for children and youths 1-17 years old and gifts for adults are requested. Gifts for teen-agers and children 2-6 are especially needed. Gifts will be distributed until Christmas Eve. Volunteers are needed to collect, wrap and distribute gifts.

Friends In Service To Humanity (FISH)

Harbor Area

(714) 642-6060

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