Area food banks and social service agencies are collecting donations to help the needy through the Christmas and New Year's holidays. For a complete list, see www.mercurynews.com.
SAnta Clara County
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is asking for brand new, unwrapped gifts for families in its Youth Development Services Program and Domestic Violence Program/Asian Women's Home. AACI provides services for at-risk and high-risk youth impacted by substance abuse and gang activity as well as abused women, children, and men. The group is asking for $40 Target gift cards, toys, arts & crafts supplies, winter clothing, sporting equipment, etc. Car and monetary donations are also welcome. Donations made by Dec. 14 are much appreciated. Please contact 408-975-2730 x223 or email@example.com for a full wish list. For more information about AACI, please visit www.aaci.org
Alum Rock Counseling Center will have a virtual Santa's Workshop with age- and gender-specific toys and bikes for approximately 200 children aged from infancy to teens. In addition we would like to provide our families with a bag of holiday treats on the day of distribution. Donations of large rolls of wrapping paper, tape, ribbons and bows, baskets, tinned cookies, candy, non-perishable food, bottled water, and more. ARCC's drive ends on Dec. 14. Monetary donations are also welcomed as we will need to rent an on-site mobile storage unit to accomodate donations for up to two weeks. Contact Stephanie at 408-240-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org (Attention: Stephanie) or go to www.alumrockcc.org.
Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto. The non-denominational and non-profit organization provides monetary assistance to more than 3,100 individuals, including low-income families, seniors and adults. The checks are used by recipients to meet their own individual needs. The group says 99% of donations go to help people afford basic necessities like food, clothes and medicine. Send tax deductible checks to: Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto, P.O. Box 51874, Palo Alto, CA 94303
The VMC Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, seeks donations to support the New Directions program that helps homeless men and women who use Valley Medical Center's emergency services. New Directions helps break the cycle of homelessness by providing access to a doctor, treatment, transportation, food and even housing to homeless patients. VMC is the only local hospital that will treat everyone regardless of ability to pay. To donate, visit www.vmcfoundation.org, call 408-885-5299, or write a check payable to VMC Foundation, New Directions, 2400 Moorpark Ave., Suite 207, San Jose, CA 95128.
Heart of the Valley for seniors. Bring some holiday cheer to the seniors of our community with thoughtful gifts. We are accepting stuffed animals, candies, cookies, cheese baskets, games, gift cards, warm hats, scarves, gloves, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, disposable cameras with a flash, night lights, batteries, unscented soaps and lotion, greeting cards, books of postage stamps, magazines, coffee and tea. All donations are tax deductible. Drop off or mail a gift for a senior to Heart of the Valley. Call for address information. 408-241-1571.
The City of Saratoga is collecting nonperishable food items, as well as new unwrapped toys to be distributed to needy families this holiday season. Food donations may be dropped off Nov. 4-Dec. 21 at various locations around the city, including Saratoga city hall, the Joan Pisani Community Center, senior center, Saratoga Library, city manager's office lobby and community development department lobby. Toys may be dropped off at the city manager's office lobby until Dec. 21. Saratoga city hall and the city manager's office are both located at 13777 Fruitvale Avenue. 408-868-1249, www.saratoga.ca.us.
SJB Child Development Centersis collecting children's books, toys and critical needs such as food, jackets and blankets for its sites serving hundreds of low-income families. Donations can be made at our administrative office at 1400 Parkmoor Ave Suite 220, San Jose, 95126. Contact Natasha Orozco at 408-414-2700, extension 220 or visit http://sjbcdc.org.
The Gardner Family Care Corporation is sponsoring Navidad en la Comunidad, a one-day distribution event providing food baskets to more than 650 families on Dec. 15. Donations of staples such as fresh vegetables, rice, beans, canned good, as well as unused toys. Gardner is also seeking donations of "gently used" coats via a Coat Drive ending Dec. 10. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Contact Rose at 408-938-2172. For more info. on Gardner visit www.gardnerhealth.org.
The Unity Care Group is seeking cash contributions, as well as Christmas trees, holiday decorations, blankets, toys and $25 gift cards to brighten the holiday season for hundreds of foster youth and families in need. Suggested retailers for gift cards include, but are not limited to: Target, Walmart, JCPenny, Old Navy, Macy's, Red Robin, Westfield Shopping Center and movie theaters. 408-510-3480, www.unitycare.org.
Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley is seeking supermarket, gas and discount department store gift certificates, toys and cash donations year round for the more than 3,000 families, adults and seniors we will help with them. New unwrapped toys, gift cards, and cash donations are needed throughout December. Donations can be dropped off at the offices 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Fridays at 14855 Oka Road, Suite 202, Los Gatos, 95032. Monetary donations can be made online at www.jfssv.org. Call 408-556-0600 for more information.
Bill Wilson Center, which is focused on youth who are homeless, runaway, in foster care, have aged out, or are having family problems, needs gift cards (grocery, Target,) for the youth. These youth rarely get the opportunity to buy something new. Gift cards allow these youth to select clothing and other items in their favorite color and style. Bill Wilson Center is at 3490 The Alameda in Santa Clara. 408-243-0222, www.billwilsoncenter.org.
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County helps individuals and families of all cultures and beliefs overcome poverty. The agency serves 36,000 people each year through a wide range of educational, youth, family, financial, housing, senior, and mental health counseling services. Needed items for children and teens this Holiday season include retail gift cards, school supplies, books for K-8thgrades, toys for all ages (including teens), board games, soccer balls, and non-red or non-blue warm clothing (jackets and sweatshirts). And for seniors, bus tokens/passes, gift cards including gasoline cards, Downtown parking vouchers, eye exam vouchers and corrective glasses, and food vouchers are needed. Donated items should be new (not gently used items). Monetary donations can be made by visiting: www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/donate-now. The Seasons of Sharing Gift Center is open Monday through Friday, from 2-5 p.m., located at 529 Race St., San Jose. For information, email holidays@CatholicCharitiesSCC.org.
Family Supportive Housing is seeking pillows and blankets (both twin and full), new socks and underwear for the children, unwrapped toys and gift cards, and hams. FSH provides emergency shelter and support services to homeless families and helps families find and retain permanent housing. Donations may be dropped off at 692 N. King Road, San Jose, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 408-926-8885, or www.familysupportivehousing.org.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is seeking cash donations, turkeys, and nonperishable food items such as canned tuna, peanut butter, canned meats and stews, low-sugar cereals, 100 percent fruit juices, and canned fruits and vegetables. Cans with pop-top lids are best. A $1 donation can provide two nutritious meals. The organization serves nearly 250,000 people each month. Donations can be dropped off at 750 Curtner Ave. in San Jose and 1051 Bing St. in San Carlos. For a drop-off schedule or to donate money, call 866-234-3663 or go to www.shfb.org.
Teen Challenge Holiday Gift Drive is seeking clothing, furniture and vehicles. Donations will be accepted at the Teen Challenge Thrift Store, 1897 W. San Carlos St., San Jose. Food and cleaning product donations will be accepted at the Teen Challenge office, 390 Mathew St., Santa Clara. 408-703-2001.
Sunnyvale Community Services is seeking nonperishable food items, new toys and gifts from infancy through teen years, and new household items. Food items needed are cereal, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, canned soups and meals in a can. Additionally, the group accepts gift cards. Drop off hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays now through Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4-14. The center is at 725 Kifer Road. Call 408-738-4298 or visit www.svcommunityservices.org.
CityTeam International needs frozen turkeys and canned nonperishable food items as they serve hot meals daily, and prepare food boxes for needy families as well as the homeless this holiday season. Drop off donations 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at Cityteam's Family Service Center, 1297 N. 13th St., San Jose. Volunteers are needed this holiday season. For more information, visit www.cityteam.org or call 408-232-5600. http://www.cityteam.org.
EHC LifeBuilders needs financial support to purchase food to serve more than 1,000 meals a day this winter at San Jose's largest shelter. The shelter is also asking for ham, turkey, coffee, sugar, vegetable oil, socks, T-shirts, rain poncho, hats, gloves, hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants, blankets, bed sheets, gift cards and laundry soap. Please donated items at 2011 Little Orchard St. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals. 408-539-2143, www.ehclifebuilders.org .
InnVision is one of the largest providers of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the Peninsula, serving thousands of homeless families and individuals annually on their path back to self-sufficiency. To support our clients during the holiday season, we ask for financial contributions in addition to donations of gift certificates, linens and bedding, cooking supplies, dishware, new clothing, and toys. For more information about holiday giving opportunities, visit www.ivsn.org/holidays.
Sacred Heart Community Services is seeking donations for 7,200 families and more than 5,500 children. The group is asking for frozen turkeys, new unwrapped toys and bikes for all ages, and financial gifts. See the website for donation hours: www.sacredheartcs.org, or contact the holiday line at 408-278-2170
Live Oak Adult Day Services, a private nonprofit, community-based agency needs soft, warm items including socks, sweaters, sweats, hoods, gloves, scarves, to give to seniors as stocking stuffers and personal gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Santa when they come to visit the group's four centers. Also, asking for nutritious, non-perishable foods including, tuna, peanut butter, low-sugar snacks, 100 percent fruit juices, canned fruit, low-sodium canned vegetables, grocery and retail gift cards are welcome. Donations may be dropped off at Live Oak Adult Day Services, 1147 Minnesota Ave., San Jose, CA, 95125, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday. For directions or more information, please call 408-971-9363 or email email@example.com. Visit out our web site at www.liveoakadultdaycare.org.
Martha's Kitchen, a private nonprofit, community-based agency needs frozen turkeys and 5-pound canned hams. Donations may be dropped off at Martha's Kitchen, 311 Willow St. at the Sacred Heart Church grounds, 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mondays, Thursday and Fridays; 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thanksgiving meals served on Nov. 20 and 21. Christmas meals served on Dec. 18 and 19. We are closed Thanksgiving Day and day after, as well as Dec. 24 thru Jan. 1. 408-293-6111, www.marthas-kitchen.org
Santa Maria Urban Ministry, 778 S. Almaden Ave., San Jose, needs turkeys, chickens, canned ham, vegetables, fruit, soup, peanut butter and dry milk, plus warm jackets for all ages, clean blankets and rain ponchos. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-noon Mondays-Saturdays. 408-292-3314, www.smum.org.
West Valley Community Services (WVCS), a nonprofit community-based agency needs nutritious, nonperishable foods including meals-in-a-can such as stew, chili and soup, tuna and canned meat, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low-sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices in single-serving boxes, canned fruit, low-sodium canned vegetables, and grocery and retail gift cards. Donations may be dropped off at WVCS, 10104 Vista Drive in Cupertino, between 8 a.m-noon and 1-5 p.m. on weekdays and Tuesday and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Holiday volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information, please call 408-255-8033 or visit us online at www.wvcommunityservices.org
Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, needs new toys, pajamas, gifts for teens, healthy food donations, and volunteers to help provide holiday spirit to hundreds of families in the local community. Donations can be delivered 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. weekdays at the CSA office. 650-968-0836, www.csacares.org.
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco partners with working families and the community to build affordable homes in Marin, San Francisco and the Peninsula. To get involved today, visit www.habitatgsf.org.
Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave. in East Palo Alto, needs cash or gift cards from grocery stores for underprivileged families in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The agency also needs gifts for teenagers, monetary donations and volunteers, not just for the holidays but also throughout the year. Food items such as turkeys, ham and chicken are welcome. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23. Contact Lesia at 650-323-7781, ext. 13 or 25, or go to www.ehpcares.org
Louis P. Guaraldi Food Basket Program is in need of financial contributions or donations of food items such as hams, turkeys, cereal, nutritious nonperishable food and/or canned items to help supplement holiday meals local families in need. Donations of nonperishable food items can be dropped off from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 14. at South San Francisco Scavenger, 500 E. Jamie Court (off East Grand Avenue and Haskins Way), South San Francisco. Contact Al Banfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail your tax deductible financial contributions to YMI, Holiday Food Program, P.O. Box 1161, South San Francisco, CA 94083-1161.
The Tri-Cities League of Volunteers in Newark has joined forces with the Marine Corps to bring toys to needy Tri-City children during the holidays. 68 businesses have Toys for Tots barrel available for donations. Volunteers will regularly pick up donations through Dec. 16. Toys must be new and unwrapped. LOV Community Service Center is located at 36120 Ruschin Drive in Newark. To find a collection barrel, call LOV at 510-793-5683 or drop off your donation (either toys or a check) at the LOV office.
Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark, 37365 Ash St., which serves children and families, needs fresh holiday food such as turkey, chicken, eggs, milk, as well as new unwrapped toys, gift cards for food. Drop-off hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays., through Dec. 23. 510-794-3437, www.violablythe.org.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
California Grey Bears presents their 39th Annual Holiday Dinner on Sunday, December 2 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 11:30am-1:30pm. 1,500 seniors are expected for the dinner, and Grey Bears volunteers will also deliver special holiday dinners and groceries to 1,400 homebound seniors not able to attend. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted by mail to: Grey Bears, 2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95065, by credit card on their website, www.greybears.org, or call 831-479-1055.
Homeless Services Center is in need of items for homeless men, women, and children. Volunteers are needed throughout the month of December. Coffee, gift cards, new toys and warm weather clothing are appreciated. Drop-off items at 115 Coral St., Santa Cruz. 831-458-6020, www.scshelter.org. Email Monica Martinez at email@example.com.
Meals on Wheels for Santa Cruz County requests cash donations to help purchase food to address the growing need for more meals to be served to county seniors. Send donations to Community Bridges Meals on Wheels, 236 Santa Cruz Ave., Aptos, CA 95003; or call 831-688-8840, extension 207; or donate at www.communitybridges.org.
Santa Cruz Community Counseling needs cash donations to help provide services for those in need, including low-income children and families in preschool programs, foster youth in group homes and those transitioning to live independently, moms and dads on the path to recovery and homeless individuals dealing with mental illness. Send donations to SCCCC, 195 Harvey West Blvd., Santa Cruz, CA 95060; online at www.scccc.org/donate; or call 831-469-1700. Email Clare Wesley at Clare.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County. 25th Annual Holiday Food Drive goal is 3.5 million meals. The need for food in Santa Cruz County is up 40% since 2008, from 40,000 to over 55,000 people a month, half of whom are children. The food we collect will be distributed by our network of 200 agencies and programs throughout the winter months, when there is less work available and the need is greatest. Every dollar donated feeds a family of four. To learn more about Second Harvest or to make a donation, visit www.thefoodbank.org. Email Steve Bennett at email@example.com , 831-722-7110, extension 226.
Valley Churches United Missions' Christmas Project needs toys, gifts for all ages, food certificates and food, as well as monetary donations to serve the needy in the San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. Donations may be dropped off 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekends at the holiday boutique, 9400 Highway 9 at Love Creek Road in Ben Lomond or at the Ben Lomond Texaco gas station on Highway 9, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. In Scotts Valley, donations may be dropped off at the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce, 360 Kings Village Road, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays. Please mail monetary donations to P.O. Box 367, Ben Lomond, CA 95005. 831-336-8258 x221, www.vcum.org. Email Linda Lovelace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list, see www.mercurynews.com/holidays.