This December, the City continued our eleven year partnership with the Home Depot and Holiday Tree Farms, Inc. to host our Adopt-a-Family program, providing ten Stanton families with a fresh Christmas tree and stand to help them celebrate the season. Families also received ornaments, lights and a tree topper through our Family Bridge Fund, generously provided via Charitable Ventures and Families and Communities Together (FaCT).
In addition to the Adopt-a-Family program, the City has established a new partnership with Dreams for Schools and Katrina’s Backpack program to provide holiday gifts for four hundred local children. Recipients included our Family Resource Center clients and families who were identified through liaisons at our local schools, GRIP representatives and other community-based organizations. Gifts were distributed on December 13th at City Hall where families could take a holiday photo on our Santa stage and received a gift card to a Stanton grocery store. These cards were made possible via the County of Orange Second District Nutrition Gap Program, which aims at supporting food insecure families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our holiday season comes to a close this Sunday with the Youth Assistance Foundation’s Santa’s Sirens event, held in conjunction with the Orange County Fire Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Stanton Lions Club, the Boys and Girls Club of Stanton and CR&R. This year, we also received a substantial toy donation through Rodeo 39’s Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive and the City Collision Center. These donations make it possible for Santa to visit five Stanton neighborhoods this weekend.
“No one should face food insecurity on top of the other stressors of the pandemic,” said Zenia Bobadilla, Community Services Director, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has sought out partnerships and funding opportunities that allowed us to expand our reach in the community and address the evolving needs of our residents. These programs not only help us address needs for food and basic commodities, but also help raise the spirits and mental health of our participants.”