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OC Rescue Mission seeks community’s help to urgently provide donations

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a critical need for personal care items for the more than 260 men, women and children currently residing at its various campuses and the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility.

“Christmas in July,” which is an annual event, will be held on Friday, July 24 and will consist of a celebration that aims to bring the hope of the holidays to resident families living at the Rescue Mission.

“The holidays are often a time of joy that is shared with family and friends. For our residents, many have not been able to celebrate the holidays over the last several years,” explains Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission. “This celebration is important because it provides residents with the opportunity to come together and share these special moments in a way they haven’t been able to before.”

Palmer adds, “The CDC recognizes the Rescue Mission as a family so it is truly wonderful that we will be able to continue with this annual tradition, coming together to share in some holiday spirit.”

The Christmas in July event will feature winter-themed games, crafts and other fun activities. In addition to these activities, residents will be provided meals by the Tustin District Chick-fil-A.

“During the holiday season, giving is always top of mind,” says Palmer. “This is a reminder to the community to keep that strong sense of giving alive throughout the year as donations are always needed and critical to assisting our families in need.”

This year, the Rescue Mission is in urgent need of the following items:

  • Diapers (toddler sizes 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Baby food and formula
  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, ham, sausage)
  • Canned beans (kidney, pinto)
  • Canned spaghetti sauce and soup
  • Disinfectant spray and wipes
  • 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol

Donations can be dropped off at the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope from now through Friday, July 24. Items can also be ordered online and delivered directly to Orange County Rescue Mission, 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, CA 92782.

According to Palmer, the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Christmas in July event has historically generated roughly 10,000 pounds in food and supplies. “We are so incredibly blessed to be supported by our Orange County community,” says Palmer. “The items collected through this drive have a significant, positive impact on those in our community who need it most.”

For questions and updates regarding current urgent needs or to inquire about volunteer opportunities with the Rescue Mission, please call (714) 247-4343 or visit www.rescuemission.org.

This article was released by the Orange County Rescue Mission.