The holidays surround and define the season of giving, and inspire acts of generosity among families, friends, even complete strangers. Orange County opportunities for charitable action are as numerous as they are valuable. Organizations across the county are available and waiting for your contribution and support. Included is a list of locations where you can extend cheer, gifts and holiday happiness for needy individuals, families and assistance programs. Your gift will help ensure the needs of children, families and the community are being met throughout and beyond the holiday season.
Children’s Hospital of Orange County
455 S. Main St.
Orange, CA 92868
CHOC hosts the annual Choco’s Toy Chest – Gifts for Patients toy drive, welcoming your holiday contributions. Help brighten the holidays and continued care of Childrens Hospital patients and families. Check the CHOC wish list for needed, accepted and desired items and ideas. Donations may be made either in person at the Harley Davidson Dealership, 8677 Research Drive, Irvine, or anytime by visiting www.amazon.com, for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Wish List. Financial contributions and gift cards are always welcome.
Family Services Orange County
1 Federation Way, Suite 220
Irvine, CA 92603
familyservices.orgFinancial and family needs do not end with the holidays; they often increase. Family Services programs provides individuals and families in need with emergency and ongoing assistance, guidance, counseling and security whenever these needs arise. Donate support social and senior services, women’s resources, special needs and Adopt-a-Family programs, and share in the Jewish Federation & Family Services’ support of people of every age, ethnicity, gender and faith.
Orangewood Children’s Foundation
1575 E. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
www.orangewoodfoundation.orgOrangewood Children’s Foundation provides support for abused, neglected and at-risk children. Your gift will help fulfill the wishes and meet the needs of current and former foster youth, and low-income families under the care of the Foundation. Check the Children’s Foundation Holiday Wish list for necessary items and desired gifts. From clothing to personal care, early donations are appreciated, but your contributions are accepted anytime. Your financial gifts help sustain Orangewood Children’s Foundation specialized programs all year long.
9221 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618
www.families-forward.orgThe holidays can be an especially difficult time for any family, as means are stretched to meet even basic needs. Families Forward provides for families with financial difficulties, offering more than monetary or temporary assistance, Families Forward’s lasting support paves the way toward independence, productivity and prosperity. Individual, family and group donations will go to support these programs, granting security and stability and a path forward to positive community involvement.
Canyon Acres Ranch
18302 Irvine Blvd., Suite 300
Tustin, CA 92780
www.canyonacres.orgFounded in 1980, Canyon Acres Children and Family Services has provided care, treatment, shelter and support for abused, neglected and troubled children and their families in Orange County. Your holiday gift donation will contribute to the specialized love and care children receive at Canyon Acres. Sharing your spirit and good fortune is what sustains the Canyon Acres mission and those touched by these programs. Secure online donations are accepted throughout the holidays and are welcome all seasons.
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