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           HOLIDAY VOLUNTEERING
        AND GIVING OPPORTUNITIES LIST
                    2010


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Thanks for your interest. Please note that for our holiday list we post
requests, but unlike Big Sunday Weekend or Monthly on Melrose events,
we do not sponsor these projects. Rather, we put this out to the Big Sunday
community and hope for the best. We have found, though, that this list
gets forwarded, printed, posted and copied, so feel free to pass it on, too!

If you are reading this on our Website, check back here often as we update
this list weekly through January 1. If you’re reading a printout, check our
site at www.bigsunday.org for the latest version.

As you can imagine, because of the economic downturn, this year’s needs
are greater than ever. Thanks, as always, for your help and generosity,
and best wishes from everyone at Big Sunday for a happy holiday season!

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Help the Hungry at L.A. Regional Food Bank

       November and December
       LA Regional Food Bank, 1734 East 41st St., LA, CA 90058
       Various shifts Monday through Saturday
       Contact Ana Martinez at amartinez@lafoodbank.org or 323-234-3030
The food bank helps seniors, children, families and individuals. They need volunteers to
assemble food boxes and bags for the hungry throughout the holiday season. Work shifts
are usually two-and-half to three hours long. And if your office, school, place of worship,
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etc. would like e to volunteer as a group, they can take from 10-to-100 volunteers at a
time. Volunteers must be 14-years old. If you want to donate food for Thanksgiving or
Christmas, please bring it one week before the holiday. The food bank is also collecting
unwrapped toys until December 17. For a full wish list go to www.lafoodbank.org.

Buy A “Green” Gift for the Holidays and Plant a Tree in LA

         November and December
         Contact TreePeople at treegifts@treepeople.org] or call 818-753-TREE
Through TreePeople's Holiday Tree Dedication program, all gifts made will support their
efforts to plant more than 23,000 native seedlings in the fire-damaged Angeles National
Forest this spring. Help this great organization restore this beloved forest right outside
our city! Make a donation of $25 in honor of your friends or family and TreePeople will
send them a special edition Tree Dedication card with a warm holiday message - for
Hanukah, Christmas and New Year’s. Give a donation of $100 or more and TreePeople
will send a beautiful Tree Dedication certificate announcing your gift!

Help at the Pomona First Baptist Church Holiday Giveaway & Parties

        November and December
        Pomona First Baptist Church, 586 N. Main St., Pomona, CA 91768
        Contact Nancy Mataritta at nancy@pfblive.tv or 909-629-5277, ext. 3014
The nice folks at Pomona First Baptist Church will be giving away baskets of food and
toys to local needy and homeless families throughout the holiday season. They need
volunteers, ages 13 and older, to pack food boxes and deliver them on November 20 and
27 and December 11 and 18. They would also greatly appreciate donations of food,
including cereal, canned goods, juices, rice, beans, soup and jam and donations of diapers
and $10 gift cards to the local Stater Brothers Market. They would also love donations of
unwrapped new toys, anytime up until December 11. The church will be hosting holiday
banquets on November 27 and December 18, at 12:30 PM and they would love
volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up. Volunteers are encouraged to bring holiday
pies to the banquets! Indeed, to do a double good deed, see the Project Angel Food Pie
project listed under Nov. 23rd)!

Make a Big (or Little) Donation to Big Sunday

       Throughout the holiday season
       (Or throughout 2011, for that matter)
   Big Sunday Weekend 2011 is on May 14 and May 15. As always, it’s completely free
   to all participants. We are totally funded by corporate, private and foundation cash
   and in-kind donations. The end of the year is a great (fantastic, really) time to make
   your donation. You can make checks payable to Big Sunday, and send them to us at
   6111 Melrose Ave, LA, CA, 90038. You can also donate on our Website at
   www.bigsunday.org. All donations are tax-deductible. For information on corporate
   sponsorships, contact the incredible Tracy Austin at tracy@bigsunday.org. It’s a great


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   way for your company to publicly support a terrific community project. And many
   companies use Big Sunday Weekend as a great workday and family day for their
   employees. If you have any other questions, or for the really hard sell, contact
   david@bigsunday.org. And if you’re interested in volunteering, or getting your
   group involved in Big Sunday anywhere in California, please contact
   dylan@bigsunday.org.

Help the Salvation Army’s Operation Christmas Program

        November and December
        Locations all over Long Beach
        Contact Major Pam Markham at Pamela.markham@usw.salvationarmy.org or
        Gail Crandall at Gail.crandall@usw.salvationarmy.org or call 562-426-7637
The Salvation Army Long Beach Citadel Corps is seeking volunteers, food, toys, and gift
cards for its amazing Operation Christmas 2010 program, which helps very low-income
people. Volunteers are needed to ring bells at kettles (donations support year-round social
service programs)! Groups and carolers are welcome (minors must be accompanied by an
adult). Donations are also needed: 2,500 unwrapped toys for children 0-to-14; gift cards
for teenagers; canned and non-perishable food items to provide 1,500 families ingredients
for Christmas dinner; plus 1,500 frozen turkeys or hams. Volunteers are needed
November 19 and 20 to help with client intake; December 10 and December 23 to
deliver gifts to patients; and on December 20, 21 and 22 to help distribute food and toys
to some 1,500 people. These are great projects for businesses, service clubs, faith groups
and others.

Help Abused Children Through Art

       November and December
       Free Arts for Abused Children, 12095 West Washington Blvd., Suite 104, LA,
       CA 90066
       9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday
       Contact Annie Armbrust at annie@freearts.org or 310-313-4278
Free Arts for Abused Children serves more than 500 abused, homeless and at-risk
children weekly at nearly 50 sites throughout the year. They’re always adding more
programs during the holiday season, which can be especially difficult for many of these
kids. As such, they can use all kinds of art supplies, including crayons, markers, paper,
and glue. The full list is at www.freearts.org. If you’re game, they are also “excited to
have as many people as possible lead art supply drives.”

Help the Asian Pacific Women’s Center

        November and December
        Contact Lauren Seo lseo@apwcla.org or at 213-250-2977
The Asian Pacific Women’s Center is a wonderful group that helps battered women and
their children. They are planning to celebrate the holidays this year with parties at


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Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and the Chinese New Year. While they have
not yet set the dates for each party, they know they’ll need help with food, gifts for the
women, toys for children and volunteers. If you’d like to help out, please contact Ms. Seo
for more details.

Help out at 24th Street School’s Community Garden

        Every Friday in November and December
        24th Street School, 2055 West 24th St., LA, CA 90018
        9 AM to 1 PM
        Contact Julia Cotts at julia@gardenschoolfoundation.org or 213-434-4080
The Garden School Foundation helps the children of the 24th Street Elementary School
and their families, most of whom live near or at the federal poverty level. At Big Sunday,
we’ve happily worked for – and with – them for many years. They need up to 10
volunteers every Friday to help weed, clean up, build paths, and other general garden
maintenance. They also always need volunteers who are willing to donate the use of their
trucks to pick up supplies and compost and vegetable seedlings. For a full wish list, go to
http://gardenschoolfoundation.org/howtohelp/.

Choose From Many Ways to Help our Troops

       Throughout December
       Contact Carol at carolyn@operationgratitude.ccsend.com

Operation Gratitude is offering countless ways for you to help the troops during the
holiday season. This is the most important time of year to express our gratitude to the
courageous men and women of the United States Military. Here’s a few ideas: Knit and
crochet beautiful scarves to keep our soldiers warm; write letters to our troops; do all
your holiday shopping at the Operation Gratitude website at
http://www.opgratitude.com/ideas.php; recycle your cell phone to raise money for care
packages postage and help the environment at the same time; donate your Beanie Babies,
WebKinz and Halloween candy; donate $15/package to ship a personalized Operation
Gratitude Care Package to a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine; and volunteer to assemble
Holiday Care Packages!

Play Games and Give to a Great Cause
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       Saturday, November 13
       North Valley Caring Services, 15453 Rayen St., North Hills, CA 91343
       10 AM to 5 PM (various shifts available)
       Contact Yency Rosa at yrosa@nvcsinc.org or 818-891-0481, ext. 23
North Valley Caring Services provides family literacy, youth and workforce development
and homeless support services to people in the greater San Fernando Valley. They are


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hosting a "play-a-thon" fundraiser for kids 5-to-18. They need about 15 volunteers (ages
15 and up, please) to help set up, clean up, register people, serve refreshments and help
supervise the games (Twister, Jenga, Connect 4, etc.). This fun event helps pay for North
Valley Caring Services’ annual Thanksgiving Dinner (see November 24th below) and
other programs.

Help Preserve a Beautiful Park at Starr Ranch
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Saturday, November 13 and 20
        Starr Ranch, 100 Bell Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
        Contact Sandy DeSimone at sdesimone@audubon.org or 949-858-0309
Starr Ranch is a 4,000-acre Audubon preserve in southeast Orange County in the foothills
of the Santa Ana Mountains. They need help with their Weed Warrior Volunteer
Program. All weed control on Starr Ranch Sanctuary is non-chemical to preserve unique
and sensitive habitats. There is a lot of manual work and they really need your help!
Volunteers must be at least 8-years old, and those 8-13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebrate an Interfaith Thanksgiving and Help Feed to Poor
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Sunday, November 21
        St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach
        7 PM
        Contact jaimieday@yahoo.com
The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the
whole family. There will be choral performances and Thanksgiving scripture readings
from several different faith groups. The admission is two cans of food per person, which
are to be donated to Families Forward and S.O.S.

Provide Thanksgiving Dinner at Homes for Life
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       By Monday, November 22
       Homes for Life, 13457 Van Owen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405
       9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
       Contact Nancy Anne Rubio at nrubio573@roadrunner.com or 323-206-8869
Homes for Life provides permanent housing for homeless people with mental disabilities.
They’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 16 residents at one of their group homes. They
would greatly appreciate donations of turkeys, cakes, pies, juice, soda, coffee and tea.
They would also appreciate donations of men’s and women’s clothes, art supplies and
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Sort Toys for Children in Need
Project Completed (Thanks!)
         Tuesday, November 23
         P.C.I. Warehouse, 13000 S. Figueroa St., LA, CA 90067
         11:30 AM to 5 PM
         Contact Mark Johnson at MarkJcitylites@aol.com or at 323-573-2798
CityLites is putting together a Winter Wonderland in South Los Angeles, complete with
games and entertainment, a toy giveaway, and featuring real snow! They could use your
help sorting and wrapping toys in preparation for the event. For more information, please
visit http://www.city-lites2004.org/.

Buy Thanksgiving Pies and Support Angel Project Food
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        By Tuesday, November 23
        Project Angel Food, 922 Vine St. La, ca 90038
        Pick up pies on Sunday, Nov. 21, 9 AM to 3 PM or Monday, and Tuesday Nov.
        22 and 23 from 10 AM to 7 PM
        Contact Irma Ramiriz at 845-1800, ext. 255
Project Angel Food provides delicious and nutritious meals to people fighting
HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This year, they are selling their
famous pies to the public for Thanksgiving. Every pie you buy provides five free
nutritious meals to Project Angel Food clients. You can choose from Angelic Apple,
Perfectly Pumpkin, and Heavenly Chocolate. (Buy 10 pies or more, and they’ll deliver
them to you free of charge.) Pies are $25 each and may be purchased online at
angelfood.org. Something to think about: Many of the groups on this list are hoping for
someone to donate pies for their Thanksgiving dinners. Buy these pies to help them, and
you’ll help two great groups at once! For more information go to pies@angelfood.org.

Help Cook and Serve Thanksgiving Dinner at Covenant House
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Tuesday, November 23
        Covenant House, 1325 North Western Ave., LA CA 90027
        Contact Sister Margaret Farrell at mfarrell@covca.org or 323-461-3131 ext. 237
We always love working with our good friends at Covenant House. They provide shelter
for homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24. They also support some of their
formerly homeless youth, as well as young moms with babies. They can use volunteers to
help prepare, cook, set up and serve Thanksgiving dinner, and of course, to help clean up
too. For more information please check out www.cov.dove.org. They can also use some
basic necessities: cereal and canned soup; underwear (all sizes) and socks; hygiene


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products; and diapers in all sizes, plus wipes. They can also especially use jackets and
sweaters with hoods.

Help at the All Peoples Christian Center Family Thanksgiving
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Tuesday, November 23
        All Peoples Christian Center, 822 East 20th St., LA, CA 90011
        4 PM to 9:30 PM
        Contact Larry Gonzales at lgonzales@allpeoplescc.org or 213-747-6357, ext. 42
Our old friends at the All Peoples Christian Center are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for
their nice families. Their clients include children up to 17-years-old; young adults
working to change their lives by completing their GED or taking computer classes; a
women’s support group; and adults who have lost their jobs. They would love ten
volunteers of all ages to help set up, serve, and clean up. Per Larry: “Whatever people
can do would be great!”

Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for the Mary Magdelene Project
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        By Tuesday, November 23
        Mary Magdalene Project, 7136 Haskell Ave., Suite 125, Van Nuys, CA 91406
        9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday
        Contact Dianne Amato at Dianne.amato@mmp.org or 818-400-6707
The Mary Magdelene Project helps women who have been victims of prostitution, as well
as their children. They are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for residents, their children and
former residents of the program. They need donations of turkeys, hams, stuffing mix,
green beans, potatoes, yams, pumpkin and sweet potato pies and anything else you can
think of. They’re expecting 20-to-30 people. Also, per Dianne: “Thank you for thinking
of us. We could not do what we do here without the generous help of people like you!”

Help Out at a Thanksgiving Dinner
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       Wednesday, November 24
       North Valley Caring Services, 15453 Rayen St., North Hills, CA 91343
       8 AM to 4 PM (various shifts available)
       Contact Yency Rosa at yrosa@nvcsinc.org or 818-891-0481, ext. 23
We’ve loved working with our old friends at North Valley Caring Services for years as
they work to help others – in all kinds of ways – in their low-income neighborhood in
North Hills and surrounding areas. This year, they are hosting a wonderful and delicious
Thanksgiving dinner for the nice folks in their community. They need 30 volunteers (age


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15 and up, please) to help prepare and serve the meals and, of course, to clean up, too.
They also need paper plates, plastic utensils and cups; punch and lemonade; and 20 tables
cloths. Hope you can help!

Celebrate Thanksgiving Morning at the Downtown Women’s Center
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       Thursday, November 25
       Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
       6:30 AM to 2 PM (two shifts available)
       Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
The Downtown Women’s Center is hosting a great holiday breakfast and lunch for their
residents and they need your help! Volunteers are needed to help create holiday crafts,
help with the raffle and other activities like karaoke and bingo. They also need help
serving food, cleaning-up and just spending time with their residents. The DWC is also
hosting parties on Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve
and New Year’s Day, too! To check out a full wish list of gifts, food and basic items that
are needed, please visit www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.

Provide Food for Hungry Folks in Pasadena
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Thursday, November 25
        Pasadena Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105
        10 AM to 1 PM (for food deliveries)
        Contact Sandy Potter at 626-240-4550 ext.116
Union Station Homeless Services operates a beautiful facility in Pasadena, providing
shelter, employment assistance and childcare to families and individuals. For more than
30 years, they’ve hosted “Dinners-in-the-Park” on Thanksgiving and Christmas,
providing warm holiday meals for people in the community. They would be grateful for
your food donations so they can serve even more people with a hearty Thanksgiving
dinner. The full current list of needed items is available at
http://www.unionstationhs.org/current_needs.php. For more information, please visit the
USHS website at http://www.unionstationhs.org/dinners_in_the_park.html.

Help Out at a Thanksgiving Dinner
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       Thursday, November 25
       Phoenix House, 11015 Bloomfield Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
       3 PM to 5 PM
       Contact Twyla Whitley at tmcnutt@phoenixhouse.org or 562-941-8042, ext. 4960


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We always love working with our friends at various Phoenix House sober-living homes.
In Twyla’s words: “Our goal is to provide our women and their children with the best
holiday that they may ever experience.” They need volunteers to help them set-up, serve
and clean-up and just help make their Thanksgiving feast a memorable one. They would
also appreciate donations of turkeys, ham, stuffing, pies, cakes and other Thanksgiving
fixings right up until Thanksgiving Day. (Donations can be dropped off at the address
above, seven days a week during business hours.)

Sort Toys for Children in Need
Project Completed (Thanks!)
         Saturday, November 27
         P.C.I. Warehouse, 13000 S. Figueroa St., LA, CA 90067 (corner of 130th and
         Figueroa)
          10 AM to 2 PM
         Contact Mark Johnson at MarkJcitylites@aol.com or at 323-573-2798
CityLites is putting together a Winter Wonderland in South Los Angeles, complete with
games and entertainment, a toy giveaway, and featuring real snow! They could use your
help sorting and wrapping toys in preparation for the event. For more information, please
visit http://www.city-lites2004.org./

Wrangle a Balloon for Big Sunday in the Hollywood Christmas Parade!
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       Sunday, November 28, 3 to 8 PM
       Hollywood
       Contact Dylan Gasperik at Dylan@bigsunday.org, or 323-549-9944
Who doesn’t love a parade? Big Sunday has been offered a great opportunity to gain
some free publicity on television at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. A team of
volunteers will have a chance to guide one of the giant balloons down Hollywood
Boulevard in the parade, and Big Sunday will be recognized on-air by the hosts.
Volunteers 18 and up are welcome to join us.

Provide Holiday Gifts for Wounded Soldiers
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       By Wednesday, December 1
       Saint Michael and All Angels Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City, CA
       91602
       10 AM o 4 PM Monday-Thursday (for donation deliveries)
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SoldierCare does humanitarian non-political outreach to young wounded soldiers from
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many of whom have lost limbs and are brain injured.
They are putting together gift bags for Christmas to give to soldiers on hospital wards and
for those who have returned home as well. They would love donations of new DVDs and
gift cards from national chains. Please make sure to mark your donations for
"SoldierCare Project" and thanks for helping these great and deserving vets!

Celebrate Chanukah at the Downtown Women’s Center
        Thursday, December 2
        Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
        9 AM to 4 PM (for donation deliveries)
        1:30 PM to 3 PM (for the party)
        Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
Join the folks at the Downtown Women’s Center as they celebrate the “Festival of
Lights” with latkes, music, dreidels and more! They need volunteers to help celebrate the
holiday by setting-up, serving, cleaning-up and just hanging out with their residents.
They are also accepting donations of food, gelt, dreidels, menorahs, Hanukah candles and
holiday-themed paper goods. Donations are needed by November 30th. The DWC is
also hosting parties on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and
New Year’s Day, too! To check out a full wish list of gifts, food and basic items that are
needed, please visit www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.

Sing With Seniors for the Holidays

        Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 3, 4 & 5 (Hanukkah)
        Anytime in December (Christmas)
        St. John of God Retirement & Care Center, 2468 S Street Andrews Place, LA, CA
        90018
         Contact Marina Bakica at mbakica@stjohnofgodseniors.org or 323-731-0641,
        ext. 2125
It’s always great fun to visit the seniors at St. John of God Retirement and Care Center in
West Adams. This year, they have asked for volunteers who can play instruments and/or
sing to come and perform for the seniors for Hanukkah and/or Christmas. They prefer
small groups, and particularly love groups of kids. (Any glee clubs or choruses out
there?) Please contact Marina to find a date that works for you.

Donate the “Set” for a Low-income High School’s Winter Performance

        By Saturday December 4 (for donation deliveries)
        Animo Pat Brown Charter High School, 8255 Beach St., LA, CA 90001
        Contact Ellie Herman at ellie.herman3@gmail.com or 213- 610-3617
Who needs “Glee” when you have Animo Pat Brown Charter High School in South
Central Los Angeles? Our theater-loving high school kids have been working for weeks
to put together our winter show, “The Actor’s Nightmare and Other Scenes from the


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American Dream.” We’re looking for angels to donate these items for our set: a futon, an
armchair, two mattresses, a bench, a lamp and many other smaller items. For the full wish
list or to arrange delivery, contact Ellie. (Or, you could just rent a truck and deliver the
goods – U-Haul rents trucks for $19.95 a day)! And, of course, they also gratefully accept
donations toward their production!

Help Preserve a Beautiful Park at Starr Ranch

        Saturday, December 4 and 11
        Starr Ranch, 100 Bell Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
        Contact Sandy DeSimone at sdesimone@audubon.org or 949-858-0309
Starr Ranch is a 4,000-acre Audubon preserve in southeast Orange County in the foothills
of the Santa Ana Mountains. They need help with their Weed Warrior Volunteer
Program. All weed control on Starr Ranch Sanctuary is non-chemical to preserve unique
and sensitive habitats. There is a lot of manual work and they really need your help!
Volunteers must be at least 8-years old, and those 8-to-13 must be accompanied by an
adult.

Help out at the NCJW’s Annual Clothing Giveaway, Part One

        Saturday, December 4
        National Council of Jewish Women, 543 North Fairfax Ave. LA, CA 90036
        8 AM to 12 PM
        Contact Elizabeth at 323-852-8515 or Elizabeth@ncjwla.org
Each year more than 3,000 people – most of them from shelters – come to the National
Council of Jewish Women’s Annual Giveaway during the holiday season. They find
thousands of free items – clothing and toys and children’s books – for women, men and
children. They are looking for up to 100 volunteers (groups are welcome and encouraged)
to help sort clothing, books and toys on Saturday to get ready for Sunday’s big giveaway.
Volunteers must be at least 12-years-old. A light breakfast will be provided. And this
event is held rain or shine!

Sing Hanukkah Songs to the Elderly
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Sunday, December 5
        Beverly Hills Carmel Retirement Home, 8757 Burton Way, LA, CA 90048
        4 PM to 6 PM
        Contact Rabbi Yossi Mentz at ymentz@yha.org
Join the wonderful folks from the Yavneh School at the Beverley Hills Carmel
Retirement Home to sing Hanukkah songs to the elderly! It will be lots of fun – all ages
are welcome and encouraged. (The older people love to see little kids – it makes them
happy!) And, of course, there will be delicious snacks, too.



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Help out at the NCJW’s Annual Clothing Giveaway, Part Two
        Sunday, December 5
        National Council of Jewish Women, 543 North Fairfax Ave. LA, CA 90036
        6:45 AM to 1 PM
        Contact Elizabeth at 323-852-8515 or Elizabeth@ncjwla.org
Each year more than 3,000 people – most of them from shelters – come to the National
Council of Jewish Women’s Annual Giveaway during the holiday season. They find
thousands of free items – clothing and toys and children’s books – for women, men and
children. They are looking for up to 100 volunteers (groups are welcome and encouraged)
to help distribute clothing, books and toys on Sunday. Volunteers must be at least 12-
years-old. A light breakfast will be provided. And this event is held rain or shine!

Help Out at the From The Heart Book Sort and Giveaway, Part One

        Sunday, December 5
        From The Heart, 919 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
        10 AM to 1:30 PM
        Contact Barri Evins at FromTheHeart345@aol.com, or call at 310-569-1772
Each year, From The Heart provides thousands and thousands of new books to kids
living below the poverty line all over Los Angeles. For many it’s the first book they’ve
ever owned. They need tons of volunteers to help sort books in preparation for the book
giveaway. (See December 19 below for details about the Book Giveaway!) This is a
family-friendly event, and children age five and up are welcome. (Dress casually – book
sorting is dusty work!) New book donations for children and new and used books for
adults will be accepted up until December 5.

Make a Holiday Party for Disabled Kids Great

        Sunday, December 5
        Elysian Therapeutic Recreation Center, 929 Academy Road, LA, CA 90012
        10 AM to 12:30
        Contact Leah Weiner at info@keenlosangeles.org or 310-497-5592
KEEN LA helps lower income kids with disabilities in all kinds of ways, including lots of
great ways for them to play sports. They are having a holiday party and need volunteers
to help set up, entertain, and help clean up. They are also hoping to get toys for 50 of
their athletes 3-to-18; 10 toys for kids ages 3-to-6; 10 for those 7-to-10; 10 for those 11-
to- 14; and 10 for those 14-to-18. (Half boys, half girls.) They can include, basketballs,
soccer balls, books, dolls, etc. (Please wrap the toys and mark age and gender on it.) They
could also use healthy snacks for the party, as well as a boombox that plays CDs.

 Volunteer at the 18th Annual Veterans' Holiday Celebration

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        Veteran’s Administration, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90073 (In Lot 29,
        adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Stadium)
        1 PM to 6:30 PM
        Contact Angelica Umali at volunteer@vhcevent.org
For the past seventeen years, this great organization has produced an amazing event at the
VA facility in West Los Angeles – the Annual Veterans’ Holiday Celebration, which
includes homemade meals, gifts, entertainment and a huge holiday party for veterans.
This event is free and serves some 3,500 veterans and their families. And they need 700
volunteers to help out in countless ways! Website address: https://www.vhcevent.org.

Donate Gift Cards for Homeless Families

        By Wednesday, December 8
        Hooper Ave. Elementary School, 1225 E. 52nd St., LA, CA 90011
        8 AM to 4 PM
        Contact Myrna Reynoso-Torres at myrna.reynosotorres@lausd.net or 323-232-
        5327 or 323-232-5371
Our old pals at the Hooper Avenue Elementary School Healthy Start Program serve many
nice children whose families are homeless. In their words: “We are working diligently on
getting our homeless families Target or Wal-Mart gift cards to help with food and
personal necessities. We are hoping to help 50 families in our homeless program with a
$25 gift card.” These are families with kids in first through fifth grade. Note: We’re
talking $1250.00. Is there an office out there that wants to take all or part of this on?

Help at a Holiday Party for Homeless Youth and Young Adults

        By Wednesday, December 8
        At the Crossroads, 333 Valencia St., Suite 320, San Francisco, CA 94103
        9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Rob Gitin at robg@atthecrossroads.org or 415-517-5458
Here’s one for our friends in Northern California: At the Crossroads is a small nonprofit
in San Francisco that helps homeless youth and young adults. They are 100% privately
supported. They are having two holiday parties and hope to give gifts to 300 (!) kids. For
most of their clients, this is the only holiday party they will attend, and these are the only
gifts they’ll get. They would especially like gift cards to popular stores. ($20 cards are
preferred but, of course, cards in any amount are greatly appreciated.) If you’d prefer to
buy a gift, great – just please bring it unwrapped. FYI: At the Crossroads can also really
use clothes, gloves, hats, socks, underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks,
umbrellas, and toiletries. For a full wish list, contact Rob.

Join the Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth

       Wednesday, December 8
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       7 PM
       Contact Sister Margaret Farrell at mfarrell@covca.org or 323-461-3131 ext. 237
We always love working with our good friends at Covenant House. They provide shelter
for homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24. They also support some of their
formerly homeless youth, as well as young moms with babies. Join them for their annual
Candlelight Vigil, an event designed to raise awareness about homeless youth.

Volunteer, Donate, Decorate, & Party at AbilityFirst

       Friday, December 10
       AbilityFirst, 480 South Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711
       6 PM to 9 PM
       Contact Jenny Valadez at jvaladez@abilityfirst.org or 909-621-4727
AbilityFirst helps many people with disabilities. This holiday season, at their Claremont
Center, they are hosting a Winter Wonderland Formal for their adult participants. In their
words, “Come help make this a night to remember by donating decorations, food, formal
wear, volunteers and suggestions.” The need up to 20 volunteers, ages 15 and older. They
also need donations of food, decorations, and fancy clothes!

Provide Gifts for Kids in Foster Care

         By Friday, December 10
         United Friends of the Children, 1055 Wilshire Blvd. # 1955, LA, CA 90017
         9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
         Contact Jill Freeman @ jillian@unitedfriends.org or 213-580-1851
United Friends of the Children provides many essential programs and services to current
and former foster youth ages 4-to-23, including transitional housing, independent living
skills, career planning, emergency assistance and college readiness and sponsorships.
They would like to give new, unwrapped gifts to the kids in their programs. Here are
some of the things they’d really appreciate: Gift cards to places like grocery stores,
clothing stores, Best Buy, etc.; children’s toys and games; electronics like iPods and
digital cameras; bath and body sets; CD’s and DVD’s. They would also love tickets to
sporting events. For the full and detailed wish list, check out www.unitedfriends.org. One
other thing that’s nice to buy and that they could really use: Christmas trees and
decorations.

Give and/or Wrap Holiday Gifts for Abused Kids

       Friday, December 10
       2200 East Route 66, Suite 100, Glendora, CA 91740
       The San Gabriel Children’s Center, 3 PM to 6 PM (for gift wrapping party)
       Contact Amanda Gonzalez at Amanda@sangabrielchild.com or 626-859-2089,
       extension 209 or 909-234-5705
The San Gabriel Children’s Center does wonderful work helping kids who’ve been
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like to bring some wrapping paper and bows, too, that’s great.) The gifts are needed by
December 3. (Drop off at the address above between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thru
Friday.) They’ll be hosting a gift wrapping party on December 10 and need about 10
volunteers to help get the gifts ready to give away. Contact Amanda to learn more about
their wish list and to RSVP for the gift-wrapping party.

Help at the All Peoples Christian Center Adult Christmas Party

       Saturday, December 11
       All Peoples Christian Center, 822 East 20th St., LA, CA 90011
       Contact Larry Gonzales at lgonzales@allpeoplescc.org or 213-747-6357, ext. 42
Our old friends at the All Peoples Christian Center are hosting a Christmas party for the
people in their Women’s Support Group Anger Management Class and their Parenting
and Men’s Support Group. They are hoping for donations of gifts, food, drinks and
“anything that can help us with this event, including people who can sing Christmas
carols.” They would love ten volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up.

Give Holiday Gifts to Kids Living With HIV/AIDS

        By Saturday, December 11
        Project New Hope, 1004 Echo Park Ave., LA, CA 90026
        8 Am to 5 PM, Monday-Friday
        Contact Anthony Garcia at agarcia@projectnewhopw.org or 213-250-9481, ext.
        22
Project New Hope provides housing to individuals and families of low income living
with HIV/AIDS, as well as seniors and those with other special needs. They are looking
for sponsors to give gifts to kids in their low-income housing programs. The kids have
written wish lists and Santa will give them the gifts at their annual holiday party. Gifts
can be wrapped or unwrapped.

Provide Holiday Gifts for Hearing-impaired Kids

       Saturday, December 11
       Location TBA
       Contact Michelle Christie-Adams at michelle@kidswithnolimits.org or 310-280-
       0878
NO LIMITS for Deaf Children is an awesome group that helps deaf and hard-of-hearing
children from all backgrounds develop self-esteem while having a great time performing.
(You should see their shows! Amazing!) They are having a holiday party for their kids,
many of whom are from low-income families and rarely get gifts. They need 100
unwrapped holiday gifts for kids ages 4-to-15. They also need 7-to-10 volunteers to help
make this party especially wonderful.

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       Saturday, December 11
       St, Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave.,
       Studio City, CA
       10 AM to 2 PM (for party)
       9 AM to 3 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
       Contact Jane Wilson at 818-267-4058, or superqueerjane@yahoo.com
St Michael and All Angels church is hosting 140 kids and their moms from local
nonprofits Good Shepherd and MEND for their annual holiday party, Holiday Cheer.
There will be cookies and crafts, sports and knitting and singing, too. They need 15 to 20
volunteers to help at the event, and would also appreciate all kinds of donations, from
individualized gifts for the children to lunch food and craft supplies, and goodie bags for
the moms. Volunteers of all ages are welcome at Holiday Cheer 2010!

Provide Holiday Cheer & Gifts for Foster Kids and Their Families

        Sunday, December 12
        Inner Circle Foster Care & Adoption, 7120 Hayvenhurst Ave., Suite 204, Van
        Nuys, CA 91406
        9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Beth Lucas at 818-988-6300, ext. 215
 Inner Circle Foster Care & Adoption works to strengthen families by providing
community based services to children and families. They’re hosting a wonderful holiday
party and need gift cards in all denominations to stores like Target, WalMart and K-Mart.
They are also looking for organizations or individuals willing to adopt a family. And they
need water, soda, juice and coffee and tea for the party, where they’re expecting 100
people.

Give Gift Baskets for Low-income Families

        By Monday, December 13.
        Westside Family Health Center, 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA
        90405
        8:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Monday-Thursday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Michelle Horejs at 310-450-4773, ext. 246
The Westside Family Health Center helps nearly 9000 low-income men, women and
children who are uninsured in Santa Monica, Venice, Mar Vista, Palms and the
surrounding areas. This holiday season they are looking for people to adopt 25 families
and provide gift items so they can assemble gift baskets for the holidays. Here are some
items they would especially like: diapers, new toys (ages 0-to-12), books (ages 5-to-12),
sporting goods, non-perishable food, baby clothes, as well as gifts for their hardworking
parents, such as movie tickets, gift cards, and bath and beauty products.

Help Out at a Holiday Party

       By Monday December 13 (for donations)


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        Saturday, December 18 (for the party)
        The Foundation for Second Chances, 453 S. Spring St., # 839, LA, CA 90013
        9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        8 AM to 4 PM (for the party/shifts are available)
        Contact Tiffany Ferrara at tiffany@ffscinc.org or 213-627-1745 or 818-419-3214
The Foundation for Second Chances helps underprivileged youth and their families in
South Los Angeles. Each year at the holidays, they host more than 150 people for a
special celebration that includes a holiday feast, arts and crafts, games, cookie making,
and, probably best of all, a visit from Santa who brings gifts for all the kids. They need
donations of toys and food for these kids. Here are some of the things they need: 600
unwrapped gifts for kids ages 4-to-14; 100 Santa hats; face painting supplies for 150
kids; 500 plates; 800 napkins; 500 water bottles; hand sanitizer; sports equipment like
balls or Frisbees (to play with on the day of the party); canned and packaged food. They
can also use the services of a volunteer DJ or Santa. Plus, they need 20 volunteers to
help set up, clean up, and everything in between. All ages welcome, but those under 16
must be accompanied by an adult.

Donate and/or Volunteer at the Saban Free Clinic Holiday Party

         Tuesday, December 14
         Hollywood Presbyterian Church, 1760 N. Gower Street, Hollywood, CA 90028
         9 AM to 4 PM (Shifts are available throughout the day)
         Contact Ilana Sochaczewski at events@thesabanclinic.org or 323-330-1653
The Saban Free Clinic (formerly the LA Free Clinic) serves poor and low-income people
who would otherwise not get medical care. They are hosting their 21st Annual Holiday
Party for the some 400 patients. They need up to 25 volunteers to set-up, serve food, give
out gifts and clean up, too! They can use donations of new toys and books, baby items,
toiletries, toothbrushes and hairbrushes. They also need new and gently-used clothes of all
sizes for men, women and children. Clothes for toddlers are especially needed.
Website address: http://www.thesabanfreeclinic.org.

Decorate and Donate at Three Different Homeless Shelters

         By Wednesday December 15
         Contact Ruth Devine at rdevine@lafh.org or 818-982-4091, ext. 109
Our longtime friends at L.A. Family Housing operate three homeless shelters and 18 low-
income properties. They are looking for Christmas decorations for all of their facilities,
and up to eight live Christmas trees with bases. They are also looking for new unwrapped
toys for kids of all ages and, especially, items that could be used as gifts for the teens in
the residences. (The teens often get short-changed with gifts. If there’s anything you can
do, it’s greatly appreciated.) One more thing: They’d welcome leftover food from holiday
parties. After all, they serve more than 500 people three meals a day! If you can drop off
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Attend a Jazz Holiday Concert to Benefit the Homeless

        Thursday, December 16
        Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA
        7 PM
        Contact Emily at emilyr@pathventures.org or 310-996-1171
PATH Ventures helps provide long-term housing solutions for people “graduating” from
shelters and transitional programs by offering supportive services with permanent
housing for people in need. They are hosting a “Jazz for the Holidays” benefit concert to
support PATH Ventures and its programs. There will be delicious food and beautiful
music featuring the George Kahn All-Star Jazz & Blues Revue and guest vocalists
Dianne Wright (The Jubilee Singers), Courtney Lemmon and Kelsea Cire. Tickets are
$100 per person ($500 for six tickets), including dinner and the show. Please RSVP on
or before Friday, December 3rd.

Help at the All Peoples Christian Center Youth Christmas Party

        Friday, December 17
        All Peoples Christian Center, 822 East 20th St., LA, CA 90011
        Contact Larry Gonzales at lgonzales@allpeoplescc.org or 213-747-6357, ext. 42
Our old friends at the All Peoples Christian Center are having a Christmas party for the
youth in their wonderful programs, ages 0-to-17. They are hoping for donations of gifts,
food, drink and, if at all possible, a Santa Claus to come to deliver gifts and spread some
cheer. (Note: Santa can usually come by for $250 and that includes tip. (Hey, Santa’s
gotta eat, too.) If you’d like to donate the money for Santa, please contact
david@bigsunday.org. The APCC folks would love ten volunteers to help set up, serve
and clean up. Per Larry: “Whatever people can do would be great!”

Help Heart of Los Angeles’ Toy Drive

      By Friday, December 17
      HOLA, 2701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, L.A CA 90057
      Contact Anna Martin at amartin@heartofla.org or 213-389-1148 ext. 245
Every holiday season, HOLA hosts a Holiday Party, which consists of a potluck meal,
      holiday performances by our students and a gift give-away for our students and
      their families. They would love to host a food bank for their families. Hey are
      requesting non-perishable food, unwrapped toys and gift cards from national
      chains, books and clothes for boys and girls ages 1-to-19.

Provide Food, Gifts and Necessities for Runaway Youth

       By Friday, December 17
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        7 AM to 7 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Peggy Guevera at resourceguevera@yahoo.com or 213-413-2311, x22
Angel’s Flight helps at-risk runaway children ages 10-to-17. They’d love to be able to
give gifts to all the kids in their program for the holidays. Here is what they’ve asked for:
art supplies, athletic equipment and gift cards to music stores, athletic stores, Old Navy,
The Gap, etc. They’d love movie passes, too. (Please wrap gifts if possible and mark
them with the appropriate age and gender.) They’re expecting 100 people at the party and
need cakes, cookies, pies, soda, chicken, enchiladas and anything else you think these
kids would like. They would also love someone to come to play Santa Claus. (Editor’s
note: You can hire Santa for $250. Contact david@bigsunday.org for details.) By the
way, they can also use sheets and towels for twin beds, and a few laptops!

Volunteer, Donate, Decorate, & Party at AbilityFirst

       Friday, December 17
       AbilityFirst, 8090 Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305
       2 PM to 6 PM
       Contact Monique DeMarino Watts at 323-753-3101 or mwatts@abilityfirst.org
AbilityFirst helps many people with disabilities. This holiday season, at their Harry A.
Mier Center, they are hosting a holiday party for about 15 kids and 30 adults. They need
holiday decorations as well as gifts to give to everyone. (Requests include a Lego set, a
couple of art sets and, my favorite, “dolls with hair.”) They also need volunteers ages 16
and up to help at the party. Please deliver donated toys and decorations by December 14.

Help Out at a Holiday Party for Homeless Kids
Project Completed (Thanks!)
       By Friday, December 17 (donations)
       Saturday, December 18 (party)
       Alexandria House, 426 S. Alexandria Ave., LA, CA 90020
       8 AM to 6 PM, Monday-Friday (for donations)
       12 PM to 5 PM (for the party/shifts available)
       Contact Michele Richards at Michele@alexandriahouse.org or 213-381-2649
Alexandria House is a wonderful transitional facility for homeless women and children.
Their annual neighborhood holiday party (for more than 300 kids) will have all kinds of
fun and games, plus a visit from Mrs. Claus, who will have a gift for every single child!
They can use 20 volunteers – of all ages – to help make this event great. If you’d like to
donate, their wish list includes: non-perishable food, diapers (all sizes – always
expensive, always a drag to have to buy, but great to give or receive), new children’s
clothes, and new toys for kids (unwrapped, please). Gift cards are also very much
appreciated. The full wish list is online at www.alexandriahouse.org. If you would like to
donate food, feel free to bring it to the party.

Buy, Buy and Buy Some More at the No Limits Holiday Online Auction

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        By Saturday, December 18
        Contact michelle@kidswithnolimits.org or at 310- 280-0878
 No Limits aims to meet the auditory, speech and language needs of deaf children and
enhance their confidence through the theatrical arts and individual therapy. The No
Limits Holiday silent auction site – Biddingforgood.com/NoLimits is open! There are
great items to choose from: A five day, four night espcape to Cancun; an autographed
Kobe Bryant jersey; two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere from American Airlines;
gift cards to Best Buys and Westfield Malls; season tickets to the Geffen Playhouse;
games from Leapfrog and much much more. Proceeds from this auction will benefit
econmically disadvantaged deaf children. Website: http://kidswithnolimits.org/about_us/.

Help Out at a Winter Wonderland

       Saturday, December 18
       Jesse Owens Park, 9651 S. Western Ave., LA, CA 90047
       9 AM to 3 PM
       Contact Mark Johnson at MarkJcitylites@aol.com or at 323-573-2798
CityLites is putting together their annual Inner City Winter Wonderland in South Los
Angeles, complete with games and entertainment, a toy giveaway, and featuring real
snow! Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of hosting the festivities. For more
information, please visit http://www.city-lites2004.org/.

Help Kids Pick Out a Gift for their Parents

        Saturday, December 18
        North Valley Caring Services, 15435 Rayen St., North Hills, CA 91343
        8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
        Contact Yency Rosa at yrosa@nvcsinc.org or 818-891-0481, x 23
We’ve loved worked with our old friends at North Valley Caring Services for years as
they work to help out folks in their low-income neighborhood in North Hills and
surrounding areas. This year, they are hosting a special holiday boutique where kids in
their program get to pick out a holiday gift for their hardworking parents. Fifteen friendly
volunteers (ages 15 and up, please) are needed to help guide these children to pick out the
perfect gift.

Help out at a Holiday Party for Children and Teens in South L.A.

        Saturday, December 18
        Florence &Western Medical Clinic, 7301 S. Western Ave., LA, CA 90017
        11 AM to 1 PM
        Contact Sarah Stern at sarah@realmedicinefoundation.org or 818-793-123
The Real Medicine Foundation helps poor and needy people. This year they’ll be hosting
a holiday party to help underprivileged families in South L.A. They need unwrapped toys
by December 17. They also need 10-to-15 volunteers of all ages to wrap the gifts, help
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to be able to raffle off a Christmas dinner for a family or two. (And if you want to donate
that dinner, fantastic!) Per Sarah: “We love our Big Sunday volunteers as they really go
the extra mile and have been instrumental in making our holiday parties a success!”

Donate Toys & Clothes for the Holidays
Saturday, December 18
        CC’s Barbershop, 2266 29th Place, LA, CA 90018
        9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Marcia McDonald at 323-273-0495 or Clifford at 213-926-3324
The Ruby Mae Stain Foundation works to provide a safe environment for the elderly,
under privileged children and abuse victims. This holiday season they will be giving out
toys, clothes, coats, shoes, and “whatever we can give to the children just to help put a
smile on their faces.” They will be giving the toys away at CC’s Barbershop – where all
the kids will get a haircut, lunch and choose a gift. Any donations (unwrapped, please)
are greatly appreciated. For more info, please check out
www.rubymaestainefoundation.org.

Help Out at the Justice for Murdered Children Holiday Party

        Saturday, December 18
        Ports-O- Call Village, Berth 77 San Pedro, CA 90731
        12 PM to 3 PM (for the party)
        Contact Lawanda Hawkins at victimvoices@yahoo.com or 310-738-4218
Justice for Murdered Children helps grieving families who have lost a loved one to
violent crimes. This holiday season they’ll be hosting a nice holiday party and they would
greatly appreciate unwrapped gifts for both children and adults by December 11.They
need four or five volunteers the week before the party to help wrap the gifts. They’ll be
accepting donations at 24564 Hawthorn Blvd., Suite 201, Torrance, CA 90505, Monday
through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 pm until December 17. And, of course, they’d love
another four or five volunteers on December 18 to help make the party great!

Give Gifts for Special-needs and Low-income Children

        Saturday, December 18
        The Jeffrey Foundation, 5470 West Washington Blvd., LA, CA 90016
        8 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Lorraine McCall at lmccall@thejeffreyfoundation.com or 323-965-7536
The Jeffrey Foundation has been helping special children for more than 30 years. This
year they are hosting a fantastic holiday party for children and their families. There will
be good food and live music, and every child will get a gift from Santa. They’re
expecting more than 150 people and would love unwrapped gifts for kids 0-to-21, as well
as wrapping paper, ribbon, gift bags and tape. And, if you’d like to help provide any of
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use copy paper, construction paper, colored pens and pencils and other art supplies, and
especially volunteers with computer experience to help throughout the year.

Provide Holiday Gifts for Disabled Kids at AbilityFirst

Saturday, December 18
        Lawrence L. Frank Center, 201 S. Kinneloa Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107
        9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Arsho Garlanian at Agarlanian@abilityfirst.org or 626-449-5661
AbilityFirst helps many people with disabilities. This holiday season, at their Lawrence
L. Frank Center, they are hosting a party for about 45 kids. Their request: “The children
look forward to the party and enjoy the visit from Santa and the various activities we
organize.” They would love to be able to give each child a gift from Santa.

Help at the 14th Annual Umoja Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa Party

        Sunday, December 19
        Umoja, 103 West 74th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003
        2 PM to 4 PM
        Contact Ofer Raveh at o.raveh@att.net or at 323-445-7322
Beyond Shelter is a nonprofit founded to combat poverty and homelessness among
families with children. Families in Need and the Wonderland PTA are pitching in
together to sponsor their annual holiday party. If you would like to celebrate the holidays
with these wonderful families at the Umoja apartment complex, please join us! There will
be live music, arts and crafts, face painting and, hopefully, Santa Claus! Cash donations
are needed to buy gift cards for family members, or to underwrite Santa Claus ($300:
Hey, Santa has to feed his family, too). Don’t miss this special holiday gathering!

Help the Annual From The Heart Book Sort and Giveaway, Part Two

        Sunday, December 19
        TBA (there will be eight different locations)
        9 AM to 2:30 PM
        Contact Barri Evins at FromTheHeart345@aol.com, or call at 310-569-1772
The Big Book Giveaway needs volunteers to put brand new books into the hands of
children at Christmas time. They need drivers, schleppers, and hander-outers to deliver
these books to Head Start Centers across Los Angeles. This is an incredibly festive and
inspiring family-friendly event, but best for kids ages ten and up. (Dress casually – and
warmly.) Those who volunteer need to stay for the entire time specified. Unable to
volunteer? Consider a tax-deductible donation. Thanks to From The Heart’s partnership
with First Book, just $25 puts books into the hands of a dozen delighted children! Check
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Help at a Free Holiday Shopping Day for Low-Income Moms
Project Completed (Thanks!)
        Sunday, December 19
        Alexandria House, 426 S. Alexandria Ave., LA, CA 90020
        11 AM to 5 PM
         Contact Michele Richards at Michele@alexandriahouse.org or 213-381-2649
Alexandria House is a wonderful transitional facility for homeless women and children.
They host an annual day of free holiday shopping for residents and past residents –
hardworking moms go “shopping” so that they can give a Christmas gift to their kids.
(And between all the women, there are 140 kids!) They need 20 volunteers – of all ages –
to help make this event great. They need new children’ clothes, and new toys for kids
(unwrapped, please). Gift cards are also very much appreciated. The full wish list is
online at www.alexandriahouse.org.

Adopt a Family for the Holidays

        By Monday, December 20
        Salvation Army East LA Temple, 140 N Eastman Ave., LA, CA 90063
        9 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Ernesto Lozano at Ernesto.lozano@usw.salvationarmy.org or Margarita
        Hernandez at margarita.hernandez@usw.salvationarmy.org or call tem at 323-
        263-7577
 The Salvation Army helps families who are in crisis as a result of medical issues,
unemployment, homelessness or other difficult circumstances. Their East Los Angeles
Temple is holding its annual “Salvation Army Angel Tree” toy drive for children ages
of 0-to-12. They also need generous people to adopt families during the holiday season
by providing food, clothing, and/or toys. (These families have children up to 14-years-
old.) To learn more about each family and to adopt a family that is a good fit for you, go
to http://familyserviceseastlosangeles.blogspot.com.

Donate Toys, Food & Necessities for Disabled Kids

       By Monday, December 20
       Exceptional Children’s Foundation, 8740 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA
       90232
       8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries, please call first)
       Contact Karen Gilman at gilperson2@gmail.com or 323-466-1541 or Gabriella
       Kayacan at gkayacan@ccf.net or 323-735-1424
The Exceptional Children’s Foundation Early Start Program helps families whose young
children have developmental disabilities or conditions such as mental retardation,
cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. They work with families in L.A., the San Fernando
Valley and the South Bay. This holiday season they have asked for help restocking the
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diapers, baby wipes, canned or boxed food staples and toys appropriate for children 0-to-
3 years old. If you like, you can sponsor an entire family with toys and clothing (very
gratifying and less expensive than you’d think)! Two other things: New underwear, socks
and pajamas are also appreciated. Or, if you’d like to donate a platter of appetizers or
desserts for one of their holiday parties, that’s great, too!

Help a Homeless Family for the Holidays

         By December 20
         Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, 10153-1/2 Riverside Drive, #470,
         Toluca Lake, CA 91602
         9:30 AM to 5 PM (for donation deliveries)
         Contact Jacqueline White at jwhite@familypromiseesfv.org or 818-599-4090
Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley is a small nonprofit that strives to end
homelessness by providing shelter, food and supportive services so families can regain
their financial independence. They always need volunteers, but this is especially so
during the holiday season. They would also love to give their families gift cards from
stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, TJ Maxx, Ross Dress for Less, Rite Aid, CVS and
Walgreens. Gas stations, too. For more info, please check out
www.familypromiseesfv.org.

Help Out at the Teen Club Christmas Toy Giveaway

        Tuesday, December 21
        109th Street Teen Center, 1464 E. 109th St., LA, CA 90059
        5 PM to 7 PM.
        Contact Deshonna Jones at deshonna.jones@lacity.org 323-827-4614
The 109th Street Teen Center needs volunteers to help with its holiday party, which is
given for an incredibly impoverished community. They need toys, gifts and gift cards for
boys and girls ages1-to-16, help with arts and crafts and the party. They can also use
donations of food and drink to help make the party festive and fun, and a Santa would be
great, too! (Because this is an official LA City event, the “Santa” volunteer would need
to do a free fingerprint check a month before the event.) Editor’s note: You can hire
Santa for $250. Contact david@bigsunday.org for details.

Donate Time &Toys for Low-income Kids

        Wednesday, December 22
        Mar Vista Family Center, 5075 S. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230
        8 AM to 7 PM, Monday-Friday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Sandy Sirirat at ssirirat@marvistaafc.org or 310-390-9607
The Mar Vista Family Center helps children from low-income families in and around
Culver City. This year they’ll be hosting a wonderful holiday party for more than 200
children ages 0-to-12. They would love to be able to give gifts and toys to these nice kids
for the holidays. (Unwrapped please, but if you want to donate wrapping paper, that’s


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great, too!) Toys need to be delivered by Dec.10. Volunteers are needed the week of Dec.
13 to organize and wrap the toys; and on Dec. 22 to help give them out at the party.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome and encouraged! Contact Sandy to see their full wish
list.

Give a Gift to a Victim of Domestic Violence
        Until Thursday, December 23
        Multiple Los Angeles drop-off locations
        Flexible hours
        Contact jembadv@gmail.com or call Colette at 323-572-0122
Jemba, an Oakwood high school student is organizing a holiday gift drive to benefit the
Jenesse, the oldest domestic violence shelter in South Central, L.A, plus several other
shelters. This year he hopes to donate to 500 families affected by domestic violence. Here
is what they need: new, unwrapped toys for younger kids, gifts for moms and their ba
bies and gifts for teenagers, who are often forgotten. For older kids, gift cards from
national chains, hand-held games, new or used cell phones and sports related toys are
welcome. Gifts can be dropped off at Nederlander Concerts/Pantages Theater, The
Larchmont Larder, The Ebell Women’s Club of Los Angeles, Oakwood Secondary
School, ABetterChance Southwest Region, Wagon Wheel Preschool and Windsor Square
Hancock Park Historical Society. For more details, please check the website at
www.jemba.org.

Help Wrap Holiday Gifts

         Thursday, December 23
         Children of the Night, 14530 Sylvan St. Van Nuys, CA 91411
         6 PM to 8 PM
         Contact Beth Park at bpark@childrenofthenight.org or 818-908-4474, ext. 111
 Children of the Night is a wonderful organization that rescues children between the ages
of 11 and 17 from pornography and prostitution. For many, this will be the first year
they’ve even had a Christmas tree. Per their request: “Come out for a night of holiday
gift-wrapping! All supplies will be provided. We just need your helping hands!” And, if
all that weren’t enough, they’ll also provide snacks and beverages. Volunteers must be
high school age or older. They need ten volunteers. Also, check out their whole wish list
at http://www.childrenofthenight.org/wishlist.html.

Provide Christmas Dinner for the Mary Magdelene Project

        By Thursday, December 23
       The Mary Magdalene Project, 7136 Haskell Ave., Suite 125, Van Nuys, CA
       91406
       9 AM to 5 PM
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The Mary Magdelene Project helps women who have been victims of prostitution, as well
as their children. They are hosting Christmas dinner for residents, their children and
former residents of the program. They need donations of turkeys, hams, stuffing mix,
green beans, potatoes, yams, pumpkin and sweet potato pies and anything else you can
think of. They’re expecting 20-to-30 people. Also, per Dianne: “Thank you for thinking
of us. We could not do what we do here without the generous help of people like you!”

Give a Gift to a Homeless Child in Pasadena

        By Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24
        Union Station Homeless Services, 412 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104
        9 AM to 5 PM (for toy deliveries)
        Contact Sandy Potter at 626-240-4550, ext.116
Union Station Homeless Services operates a beautiful facility in Pasadena, providing
shelter, employment assistance and childcare to families and individuals. For more than
30 years, they’ve hosted “Dinners-in-the-Park” on Thanksgiving and Christmas,
providing warm holiday meals for people in the community and thousands of toys for
children in their Santa’s Village. Please bring new and unwrapped toys suitable for
children ages 12 and under to the USHS Adult Center by Christmas Eve. For more
information about the dinners in the park, please visit the USHS website at
http://www.unionstationhs.org/dinners_in_the_park.html.

Celebrate Christmas Eve Lunch at the Downtown Women’s Center
        Friday, December 24
        Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
        8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (two shifts available for the party)
        9 AM to 4 PM (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
Help make the holidays festive by joining the folks at the Downtown Women’s Center
for their Christmas Eve lunch. They need all kinds of help with setting up, serving,
decorating, cleaning up and just hanging out with the wonderful women who live there.
They need all kinds of donations, too. Everything from Christmas trees to poinsettia
plants, holiday lights, gift-wrapping paper, candy, tons of food, gifts, gift cards and more.
Food donations must be received by December 22. The DWC is also hosting parties on
Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve, too! To check out a full wish list of gifts, food
and basic items that are needed, please visit www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.

Provide Gifts for Homeless Kids from Covenant House

       By Thursday, December 24
       Covenant House, 1325 North Western Ave., LA CA 90027
       Contact Sister Margaret Farrell at mfarrell@covca.org or 323-461-3131 ext. 237
We always love working with our good friends at Covenant House. They provide shelter
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of their formerly homeless youth, as well as young moms with babies. For the teenagers
they need socks, underwear for women and men (medium and large boxers), hats, scarves
gloves, sweaters and sweatshirts with hoods and jackets and gift cards to national chains.
They also would love unwrapped toys for boys and girls 0-to-10 years old.

Help Out at Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Christmas Dinner, Part One
         Friday, December 24
         Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
         90028
         10 AM to 4 PM
         Contact dinnerproject@tioh.org or call323-876-8330, ext. 3100 or Stephanie
         Bressler at stephanieb@tioh.org or 323-876-8330, ext.1007
For 25 years Temple Israel of Hollywood has fed, entertained and given much-needed
toiletries to some 1,000 homeless and needy people. Volunteers of all ages are welcome
to the family-friendly set up on Christmas Eve. It’s a fun day of decorating the Christmas
tree and dining hall, helping in the kitchen, preparing the toy room and more! Especially
needed are volunteers with trucks or large SUVs the day before and after to schlep. In
addition, the Christmas Dinner folks will gratefully accept your donations of toiletries,
disposable razors, toothbrushes, blankets and batteries, and 300-to-400 toys for children
ages 2-to-13. Monetary donations can be made to TIOH - The Christmas Dinner Project,
and delivered or mailed to 7300 Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90046.

Help Out at Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Christmas Dinner, Part Two
         Saturday, December 25
         Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
         90028
         8 AM to 4 PM
         Contact dinnerproject@tioh.org or call323-876-8330, ext. 3100 or Stephanie
         Bressler at stephanieb@tioh.org or 323-876-8330, ext. 1007
For 25 years Temple Israel of Hollywood has fed, entertained and given much-needed
toiletries to some 1,000 homeless and needy people. On Christmas day volunteers age 13
and up (no exceptions to the age requirement, please!) are needed to help cook, serve
food, give out gifts and help clean up. Especially needed are volunteers with trucks or
large SUVs the day before and after to schlep. In addition, the Christmas Dinner folks
will gratefully accept your donations of toiletries, disposable razors, toothbrushes,
blankets and batteries, and 300-400 toys for kids ages 2-to-13. Monetary donations can
be made to TIOH - The Christmas Dinner Project, and delivered or mailed to 7300
Hollywood Blvd., LA, CA 90046.

Help Out at a Christmas Dinner


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        Phoenix House, 11015 Bloomfield Ave., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
        8 AM to 5 PM Monday-Sunday (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Twyla Whitley at tmcnutt@phoenixhouse.org or 562-941-8042, ext. 4960
We always love working with our friends at various Phoenix House sober-living homes.
In Twyla’s words: “Our goal is to provide our women and their children with the best
holiday that they may ever experience. We often struggle with providing adequate gifts to
our women and their children due to a shortage of donations and funds.” Here are a few
of the things they need for adult women: journals, pens, hygiene products, warm clothing,
career clothing. For kids, 0-to-13, they would love school supplies, books, G-rated
DVDs, warm clothes and learning toys. And everyone can use umbrellas! They can also
use at least three volunteers to help wrap all the gifts. For more info, check out
www.phoenixhouse.org.

Celebrate Christmas Brunch at the Downtown Women’s Center
        Saturday, December 25
        Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
        8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (two shifts available for the party)
        9 AM to 4 PM (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
Help make the holidays festive by joining the folks at the Downtown Women’s Center
for their Christmas Day brunch. They need all kinds of help setting up, serving,
decorating, cleaning up, and just hanging out with the wonderful women who live there.
They need all kinds of donations, too. Everything from Christmas trees to poinsettia
plants, holiday lights, gift-wrapping paper, candy, food, gifts, gift cards and more. Food
donations must be received by December 22. The DWC is also hosting parties on
Christmas, during Kwanzaa and on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, too! To check
out a full wish list of gifts, food and basic items that are needed, please visit
www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.

Help the Downtown Women’s Center Celebrate Kwanzaa
        Tuesday, December 26
        Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
        1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
        Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
The folks at the Downtown Women’s Center will be celebrating the seven principles of
African culture all week – from December 26 through December 31. They need your help
to create Kwanzaa mats for this unique celebration. The DWC is also hosting parties on
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! To check out a full wish list of gifts, food and
basic items that are needed, please visit www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.

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By Friday, December 31
        West Side Homeless Outreach, 8063 Redlands St., Playa del Rey, CA 90293
        Contact Loren Franck at loren@wshola.org or 310-570-9065 to schedule a
        donation delivery or pick-up
West Side Homeless Outreach will be collecting clothes, nonperishable food (flip-top
cans, please), blankets, sleeping bags, towels, socks, sweatshirts, and personal hygiene
items. Bottled water and individually wrapped bread and pastries are welcome, too (so
long as they don’t expire before December 31). These will be donated weekly to
unsheltered homeless men, women and children throughout West LA.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Downtown Women’s Center
        Friday, December 31
        Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
        8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (two shifts available for the party)
        9 AM to 4 PM (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
Help make the holidays festive by joining the folks at the Downtown Women’s Center
for their New Year’s Eve celebration. They need all kinds of help setting up, serving,
decorating, cleaning up and just hanging out with the wonderful women who live there.
They need all kinds of donations, too. Everything from party hats to noisemakers, to
confetti to holiday themed paper goods. They’d also loved new DVDs and cheese,
caramel and kettle popcorn. Food donations must be received by December 29. To
check out a full wish list of food, gifts and basic items that are needed, please visit
www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.

Celebrate New Year’s Day at the Downtown Women’s Center
        Saturday, January 1
        Downtown Women's Center, 325 S. Los Angeles St., LA, CA, 90013
        8:30 AM to 2:30 PM (two shifts available for the party)
        9 AM to 4 PM (for donation deliveries)
        Contact Allison Bamberg at Volunteer@DWCweb.org or at 213-680-0600
Help make the holidays festive by joining the folks at the Downtown Women’s Center
for their New Year’s Day celebration. They need all kinds of help setting up, serving,
decorating, cleaning up, and just hanging out with the wonderful women who live there.
They need all kinds of donations, too. Everything from party hats to noisemakers, to
confetti to holiday themed paper goods. They’d also love new DVDs, cheese, caramel
and kettle popcorn. Food donations must be received by December 29. To check out a
full wish list of food, gifts and basic items that are needed, please visit
www.DWCweb.org/holiday.htm.




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