The MEND Christmas Program

Make A Merry MEND Christmas in 2013!

The holiday season is a time of joy for many, but for some, that joy is tempered by poverty. For many families in the Northeast San Fernando Valley struggling to make ends meet, holiday meals and gift giving are out of reach.

You can help by taking part in the MEND 2013 Christmas Program. Through MEND, you, your family, your business, or your organization are connected with needy families during the season of giving. You can participate in the full adoption program or choose one or more related holiday volunteer opportunities.

You can start by signing up for Super Saturday Home Visiting days, set for October 26 and November 2, 2013, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. After a brief training session, you will visit applicant families who live in the Northeast San Fernando Valley to assess their needs and determine their eligibility for the Christmas Adoption Program.

To volunteer, call 818-896-0246 or email volunteering@mendpoverty.org

After these visits are completed, MEND’s Christmas Program gets started.  You are invited to participate in as many of the following activities as you can.

ADOPTION PROGRAM

Adopt a Family for Christmas! You and your group are matched by MEND with your adopted family. MEND requests that you buy a sweatshirt or sweater for each family member, including the parents. For the children, buy one new clothing item and one or two new toys. For the parents, buy a small gift or household item such as a space heater, dishes, or blankets.

Your gift basket should also include enough food for at least one complete Christmas meal for the entire family. Then you will arrange to deliver the gifts and food to the family.

Registration for Adopt-a-Family is now closed. 

DONATION DRIVES

Donate Food. MEND suggest donations of: oatmeal, frozen turkeys, chicken, pork roasts and precooked ham (no canned ham), canned tuna, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soup, 2 lb. bags of pinto beans, 2 lb. bags of rice, spaghetti, peanut butter, and ground coffee.

Donate Toys/Gifts: NEW and UNWRAPPED toys and other gifts with a value of $15 or more, especially for boys and girls ages 8–14. For young children, we recommend toy cars, trucks, dolls, balls, blocks and infant toys.  For older children and teens, we suggest sports equipment, compact disc players with CDs, small radios, games, watches, skateboards, purses or tote bags, body lotion or spray, scarves, gloves, and make-up kits. Please, no toys of violence!

Donations are accepted through December 6. If you would like to schedule a pick-up, please call 818-861-MEND or email christmas@mendpoverty.org

Organize your own drive. One of the most effective ways you can participate in MEND’s holiday donation programs is to organize a drive of your own. Learn more by clicking on the following links.

SANTA’S TOY & FOOD WORKSHOPS

How about helping in in Santa’s Workshops? Now is the time to sign up for our two workshop days, on November 23 and December 7. You will help set up our Christmas Toy Land, sort toys, and assemble and pack Christmas food boxes to be distributed to families. To volunteer, call 818-896-0246 or email volunteering@mendpoverty.org.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Become a Volunteer Driver. We need you and your SUV, van or truck to pick up donations. Those comfortable driving a 16 ft box truck can also be approved to drive a MEND vehicle.

Join MEND’s Basket Packers and “Gift Givers.” October is a good time to reserve one or more dates in November or December to sort and distribute toys, gifts, and food for holiday meals, and to pack Christmas Baskets. Whether you wish to volunteer in the MEND Foodbank, MEND’s Toyland or Christmas basket assembly, sign up early because volunteer positions fill up quickly!

To volunteer, call 818-896-0246 or email volunteering@mendpoverty.org