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Orange County Rescue Mission seeks help from community to provide holiday gifts for homeless families

The country is in a time of crisis as it navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. As the holiday quickly approaches, local communities are continually reminded of the importance of the need for hope, especially at a time like right now. While Orange County Rescue Mission is not able to provide its typical holiday celebrations in the traditional sense, it still hopes to provide homeless families with some cheer this holiday season. They are seeking help from the local community for gift donations to help the formerly homeless men, women, and children living at Village of Hope and other Rescue Mission transitional housing campuses celebrate the holidays.

According to Jim Palmer, Orange County Rescue Mission’s President, the Rescue Mission has an extremely urgent need for holiday gift donations for adults, both men and women, and children ages 10 and up.

“Christmas at the Rescue Mission is typically a very happy and hopeful time for residents,” explains Palmer. “It is often the first time residents feel a glimmer of hope for the future and what life after homelessness may look like. This year will be different given the current pandemic as we have had to cancel many of our traditional celebrations. That said, we still want to spread some holiday cheer and provide residents with the opportunity to share gifts among their families.”

Palmer continues on to say that this year’s holiday donations are more important now than ever before.

“Donations this year are especially low when needs are at our highest,” says Palmer. “We are hoping that now, more than ever before, the holiday spirit will motivate our community to include gifts for homeless men, women, and children in their Christmas shopping.”

From the gift donations collected, children will be able to hand pick gifts to give to their parents and learn how to give back.

“For many of the children, the gift exchange will be the first time they will experience the joy of selecting and giving a gift to their parents,” says Palmer. “The gift exchange is equally important for our adult residents without children. Many of these residents do not have family at all and those who have done the work to reconcile with their families will not be able to enjoy a visit from their family due to the pandemic.”
If you are in a position to donate and help the Rescue Mission spread some holiday cheer, the below are some recommended items for both adults and children in need.

Suggested donation items needed for adults include new and unwrapped:

  • Slippers
  • Robes
  • Socks
  • Wallets
  • Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Nail Polish Sets
  • Eyeshadow Pallets
  • Journals and Pens
  • Scarves
  • Hair accessories
  • Belts
  • Jewelry sets

Suggested donation items needed for children (10+) include new and unwrapped:

  • Board games
  • Craft kits
  • Painting sets
  • Coloring books
  • Sports equipment
  • Books
  • LEGO sets
  • Puzzles
  • Playing cards

Donations of these items may be dropped off at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday until December 17. Alternatively, gifts can also be bought online and delivered to Orange County Rescue Mission. Contact Ashley at 714-247-4300 or email [email protected] for more information.

This article was released by the Orange County Rescue Mission.