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Orange County Rescue Mission seeks donations for annual Christmas in July event

The Orange County Rescue Mission has announced a vital need for individual care items for the homeless men, women and children residing at its transitional living facilities.

The nonprofit organization is inviting the community to donate any number of baby diapers, personal hygiene items and canned foods, which are essential to the individuals living at the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope.

Donated items will be shared during the Rescue Mission’s “Christmas in July” event on Friday, July 30, 2021. The annual event serves to provide resident families with a second chance at a holiday celebration and a reminder to the community that donations are needed year-round.

“Often resident families impacted by homelessness have not been able to celebrate the holidays or were estranged from family members during those times,” explains Jim Palmer, President of Orange County Rescue Mission. “The annual celebration provides a beacon of hope to residents and an opportunity to reconnect with others from the community. Last year in particular was extremely difficult as we weathered COVID-19 and lockdowns, resulting in many families not being able to celebrate together.”

The Christmas in July event aids in keeping spirits high and reminding residents that their futures can be bright. It also serves as a call for critical donations that contribute to the success of residents and combatting hunger in the community.

“Donations decreased drastically throughout the pandemic,” says Palmer. “We had significant shortages in personal hygiene items, diapers and other canned food goods. We are working tirelessly to ensure our residents have these basic necessities and to accommodate the growing number of homeless throughout Orange County.”

In fact, as part of its Chili Van Outreach program, the Rescue Mission utilizes canned food donations such as fruits and vegetables, meat, beans, and tomato sauce for food boxes, which are then distributed to families in need throughout the community.

“Without the immense support of the community, we would not be able to provide these meals and continuously change lives for homeless individuals and families in need,” Palmer notes.

This year, the Rescue Mission is in urgent need of the following items to help sustain it through the rest of the year:

  • Diapers (especially in sizes 5 and 6)
  • Pull-Ups (sizes 3 and 4)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned protein
  • Canned beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste)

“Our ability to maintain a variety of basic hygiene items and canned foods on hand allows us to provide for and create a strong, positive impact on homeless veterans, families with children, and at-risk youth. This ability is dependent on the generosity and support from the local community. We are so appreciative of this continued support and the community coming together to help fill this critical need for our resident families.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope at the address below throughout the end of the month. Items can also be ordered online and delivered directly to Orange County Rescue Mission, 1 Hope Drive, Tustin, CA 92782.

For questions and updates regarding current urgent needs or to inquire about hosting a Christmas in July booth, please call (714) 247-4343 or email [email protected].

About Orange County Rescue Mission

Orange County Rescue Mission’s goal is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities.

The Mission was formed as a faith-based organization in 1963. Since that time the Mission has shared hope through Jesus Christ to those without hope in Orange County. Our programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women and children to self-sufficiency. Its programs and dedication to going above and beyond have earned the organization numerous recognitions including Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 stars.

To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with Orange County Rescue Mission, please contact (714) 247-4300 or visit www.rescuemission.org.

This article was released by the Orange County Rescue Mission.