Howyou can help chil­dren, needy fam­i­lies

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Area food banks and so­cial ser­vice agen­cies are col­lect­ing donations to help the needy through the hol­i­days. Here’s how you can help: SANTA CLARA COUNTY Asian Amer­i­cans for Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment: is ac­cept­ing new and un­wrapped gifts for low-in­come fam­i­lies served by our do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and hu­man traf­fick­ing pro­gram, Asian Women’s Home through Dec. 15. We are seek­ing $50Tar­get gift cards, non­vi­o­lent toys, ac­tiv­ity sets, board games, ath­letic equip­ment, and more. Mon­e­tary donations are also wel­come. Our full hol­i­day wish list is avail­able on­line at dv.aaci.org. If you have any ques­tions, con­tact 408-975-2730, Ext. 171. AlumRock Coun­sel­ing

Cen­ter: is host­ing its An­nual Toy Give­away & Hol­i­day Cel­e­bra­tion for about 700 needy chil­dren (ages 0-19) from East/Cen­tral San Jose, who oth­er­wise might not re­ceive a hol­i­day gift. Items needed in­clude: toys (es­pe­cially for teens), wrap­ping pa­per, tape, rib­bons/ bows, bas­kets, bot­tled water, cook­ies, candy, or other hol­i­day snacks. Toy and item donations will be ac­cepted at ARCC, 1245E. Santa Clara St., San Jose un­til Dec. 20. Don’t have time to shop? Mon­e­tary gifts are also wel­come: you can do­nate on­line at https:// do­natenow.net­work­for­good. org/ 102756. Con­tact Alma at 408-240-0070, ex­ten­sion 311, or devel­op­ment@ alum­rockcc.org. Bill Wil­son Cen­ter: pro­vides coun­sel­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, and hous­ing for home­less youth in Santa Clara County. BWC’s Adopt-A-Fam­ily pro­gram ful­fills hol­i­day wishes of more than 1,600of the need­i­est youth and fam­i­lies selected by the County De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren’s Ser­vices. These fam­i­lies have cases with the DFCS due to abuse or ne­glect; our goal is to pro­vide a bit of ex­tra joy dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. BWC needs gift cards (Wal­mart, Tar­get, etc.). These youth rarely get the op­por­tu­nity to buy

some­thing new and the par­ents (bi­o­log­i­cal and foster) rarely get to buy some­thing spe­cial for them­selves.The or­ga­ni­za­tion is at 3490The Alameda, Santa Clara. 408243-0222, www.bill­wilson­cen­ter.org. Boys & Girls Clubs of Sili

con Val­ley: of­fers out-of­school en­rich­ment pro­grams for more than 3,000at-risk youth, ages 6-18years, at 12 lo­ca­tions through­out Santa Clara County. We are al­ways in need of school, sup­plies, art sup­plies and board games. Also needed are gift cards for teens (Tar­get, Safe­way). Mon­e­tary donations for school uni­forms and com­put­ers are greatly needed and ap­pre­ci­ated. Donations can be dropped off at 518Val­ley Way, Mil­pi­tas, CA 95035, from 9 a.m.4p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day. Vol­un­teers are also al­ways needed. Con­tact Alethia Ruiz at alethia@bg­club.org; web­site bg­club.org.

Catholic Char­i­ties of San

ta Clara County: serves 38,000chil­dren and adults of all cul­tures and be­liefs through 34pro­grams at 80 lo­ca­tions through­out Santa Clara County. Ways to give to our clients at the hol­i­days and year-round: cash donations to­ward rental as­sis­tance; gift cards for youth and fam­i­lies strug­gling to get by; bus passes for trans­porta­tion to school and work; win­ter jack­ets/sweaters for chil­dren and adults; cozy blan­kets for se­niors. Items should be new and un­wrapped, please. To do­nate, call (408) 325-5125 or email lpip­pin@ CatholicChar­i­tiessSCC.org. Catholic Char­i­ties is at 2625Zanker Road, San Jose. Learn­more atwww.catholic­cha­r­i­tiesscc.org. Child Ad­vo­cates of Sil­i­con Val­ley: re­cruits, trains and sup­ports com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to serve as Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Advo- cates (CASAs) to chil­dren in the Santa Clara County de­pen­dency sys­tem. CASAs pro­vide crit­i­cal emo­tional and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port to foster chil­dren, en­sur­ing that their needs are met, and their voice is heard in de­pen­dency hear­ings. We are seek­ing gift cards for teens (Kohl’s, Tar­get, and Wal­greens) and new toys for chil­dren of all ages. Mon­e­tary con­tri­bu­tions are al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated. Donations can be brought to Child Ad­vo­cates, 509Val­ley Way, Mil­pi­tas, CA 95035, from 9a.m.-5p.m., Mon­day-Fri­day. For vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, visit www. BeMyAd­vo­cate.org. Com­mu­nity So­lu­tions’ Hol­i­day Giv­ing Pro­gram: pro­vides gifts and ne­ces­si­ties to low-in­come fam­i­lies for the hol­i­days. We cur­rently need gro­cery cards, gift cards, di­a­pers (es­pe­cially large sizes), warm blan­kets, socks (all sizes), baby items

(new bot­tles, teethers, etc.), chunky baby books, sweat­shirts (es­pe­cially men’s sizes), and clean­ing sup­plies (laun­dry soap, bath­room cleaner, etc.). As these are gifts, we are re­quest­ing new, un­used items only. For in­for­ma­tion on how to do­nate, con­tact Paige Day at 408-846-4713or­paige. day@com­mu­ni­tyso­lu­tions. org or go to com­mu­ni­tyso­lu­tions.org. Com­mu­nity So­lu­tions is a com­pre­hen­sive non­profit hu­man ser­vices agency serv­ing chil­dren, fam­i­lies, and in­di­vid­u­als in South Santa Clara County and sur­round­ing ar­eas. ConXión to Commu

nity: a com­mu­nity-based, non-profit which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion, work­force, be­hav­ioral health and other ser­vices to dis­con­nected youth and adults since 1977. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber older youth dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. Youth, ages 1318, are of­ten over­looked; yet they are still chil­dren and should be given the same plea­sures as the younger youth. Help a teenager smile. Do­nat­ing toi­letries, socks, gloves, scarfs, gift cards, movie passes. Some­thing so sim­ple can change the life of a youth-be­ing re­mem­bered. 749Story Road Suite 10, San Jose, 95122-

2600or call 408-213-0961, ex­ten­sion 23. and ask for Lori. Down­town Streets Team

(DST): builds teams that re­store dig­nity, in­spire hope, and pro­vide a path­way to re­cover from home­less­ness. The vol­un­teer Work-Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gram pro­vides home­less and at-risk Team Mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to beau­tify their com­mu­nity in ex­change for case man­age­ment, em­ploy­ment ser­vices, and a ba­sic needs stipend. To date, DST has found over 1,400homes and jobs for peo­ple who used to live on the streets. Mon­e­tary donations, gift cards, socks and hy­giene prod­ucts are all on­go­ing needs. Con­tact Kalie to learn more Kalie@ Street­sTeam.org or visit Street­sTeam.org. Fam­ily Sup­port­ive Hous­ing: pro­vides in­terim emer­gency hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices to fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness. Fi­nan­cial donations are most needed this hol­i­day sea­son. Gift cards for gas, gro­ceries, and cloth­ing are also ap­pre­ci­ated. We also have many vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties. Con­tact Christi Moyer Kelly at 408-516-5106, or go to www.fam­ily­sup­port­ive­hous­ing.org and click on “how to help.”

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