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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Help Others this Holiday Season in the Bay Area

It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays - finding those perfect gifts, visiting freinds and family, and the cooking and traveling. Take some time this holiday season to help those less fortunate celebrate the holiday.

One group I like to support is the Shelter Network, which provides housing and support services to help homeless families and individuals to “re-establish self-sufficiency and to return to permanent homes of their own.”

Some giving opportunities at the Shelter Network include:

Adopt-a-Family or Adopt-a-Resident: purchase items from a specific wish list so someone less fortunate can have something new this holiday season.

Host a holiday party: Bring friends, coworkers or family and put on a party at one of the shelters

Hold a holiday gift drive: whether you get a list of items to pass out, or put “wishes” on a Christmas tree, this is a great way to involve a large group of people much pressure or sacrifice on your part. (We did this with my son's preschool class one year)

Attend a gift wrapping party: help wrap gifts for the residents at several sites, from Daly City to Menlo Park. These are on Monday 12/21, and start around 6 p.m. - so you can bring the whole family. Donations of gift wrap items are also appreciated.

Create a holiday dinner basket: you know the drill – buy some items for your dinner, and some items for someone else’s.

Serve holiday dinner: the Maple Street shelter for single adults needs servers for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Donation: cash always accepted, in honor or memory of someone. For more info, contact them online and click on the “holiday programs” button. Or call 650-685-5880

Don't forget to enter Frisco Kids' LeapFrog Tag Jr. giveaway contest!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your wonderful support Debbie! We really need help this year getting all of our families "adopted" for gifts on their wish lists. We also need help with donations of holiday dinner baskets. Everything is on the website - thanks SO much again! Amy Wright, Shelter Network