The most important thing to remember over the holidays is how fortunate we all are. It is a time to be thankful and a time to give back to the community and those that are less fortunate. Everybody deserves to feel the spirit of the holidays around them. This week (and we’ll keep it updated throughout December too), we have an I Heart on the Hunt for giving back so that more people in Old Towne Orange can be aware of the ways they can get actively involved with the community in donating or volunteering. Here are some of the ways to give back to our community and if you have any more suggestions please feel free to let us know!
Salon re’Belle has started its Annual Holiday Toy Drive that will last through December 24 for Orangewood Children’s Home. Donate a new, unwrapped toy or gift for children ages 0-18 and receive a raffle ticket per each toy you bring. The raffle will be held on Christmas Eve. Help them exceed last years donations and give a child or a teen a wonderful holiday.
Local volunteers join Samaritan’s Purse to collect shoebox gifts for children in poverty around the world for Operation Christmas Child. This annual project is a favorite to many families, churches, and community members. Participants fill a shoebox with small gifts to give to a child in need. Operation Christmas Child is a Project of Samaritan’s Purse since 1993 and has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 124 million children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, it is the first gift they have ever received.
The 21st Annual Sparks of Love Toy Drive is collecting new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for undeserved children and teens in Los Angles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, and Riverside Counties through December 18th. These toys that are gathered are also distributed in those local communities to children in need. Over the past two decades, they have successfully collected more than 7 million toys.
Mary’s Kitchen is always in need of donations and especially during this holiday season. On a daily basis, the kitchen sees about 200 hungry people who are not only looking for food, but also for compassion and respect. Feel free to volunteer as well to work hands on with this organization to feed the hungry and make a difference in our community.
The Dizzy Daisy is collecting new toys for the children at CHOC Hospital from December 7th-December 18th. However, due
to infection control guidelines, please no stuffed animals, handmade blankets/clothing items, cards, and large items.
Also, stop by The Dizzy Daisy and fill out or bring a card to send to a our Service Men and Women who have sacrificed so much and are currently recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center!
There are many different ways to give back over the holidays and we would encourage you to get involved! It is rewarding to know that you are putting a smile on someone’s face during the holiday season and making a difference.