Feeling charitable? Opportunities for giving are plenty

FIRE DEPARTMENTS all over the area support the “Spark of Love.”

By Cory Gaudaur
Western Sun associate editor

The holidays aren’t just for joy and cheer, but also for giving back to your community. In hard times like these, people need a helping hand more than ever. Here are a few events that you can to do to make a difference for someone in need.

For 18 years, KABC-TV (Channel 7)  and firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, along with the Los Angeles City Fire Department have teamed up for the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.”

New, unwrapped toys and sports equipment can be donated for underserved children in local communities. Toys can be dropped off at local fire stations or CVS/pharmacy locations.
The annual “We’ve Got Your Back!” toy and food drive benefits homeless children in the communities of Orange County. The Giving Children Hope organization’s goal is to provide 1,500 children with toys and food this Christmas season.

Toys and food donations will be accepted until Dec. 14 and should be dropped off at Giving Children Hope, located in Buena Park at 8332 Commonwealth Avenue, 90621.

Share Our Selves is holding its first annual Food Truck Rally and Christmas Carnival on Dec. 8. The carnival will feature some of Orange County’s most popular food trucks and there will be holiday crafts, cookie decorating, and carnival games. Adult admission is $35 and child admission is $15, with the proceeds benefitting the charity and will be held in Costa Mesa.

On Dec 18. The Roosters, along with family members and community volunteers will be packing boxes filled with turkeys and sundry foods items, as well as toys, for less fortunate families throughout Orange County.

The Roosters Foundation partners with 40 different non-profit agencies that will distribute the boxes to needy families during the holiday season. For more information on volunteering or donating, visit www.roostersfoundation.org.

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