The MEND Christmas Basket Program

Help make this holiday season very merry for families in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. By participating in the MEND 2017 Christmas Basket Program, 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.


Interested in volunteering your time? Visit the Christmas volunteer sign-up page to see the full list of opportunities and register for one or more!

*Please note that the 2017 Christmas volunteer opportunities are at capacity. Check back after January 8, 2018 for 2018 MEND volunteer opportunities. For more opportunities to support this year’s Christmas Program, host a toy drive or donate online today! **

Become a Volunteer Driver. Donate your time to pick up items from individuals, businesses or other organizations. Drive a MEND truck or your own vehicle a few hours per day or per week. You can also become an assistant to the driver. Call 818-896-0246 or email gro.y1519115719trevo1519115719pdnem1519115719@gnir1519115719eetnu1519115719lov1519115719 to find out more.

Watch the video below for an insight to the Christmas Program volunteer activities.



*Please note that the 2017 Adoption Program is at capacity. For more opportunities to support MEND’s Christmas Basket Program, host a toy drive or donate online today!*

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.

Download the Adoption Program Commitment Form.

If you are new to the program or returning after some time away, you may have questions about the program. This year we have an Orientation Night to answer your questions and showcase the MEND Family Christmas Adoption Program.

Orientation Night – October 25 Wednesday 5:00pm.  MEND 10641 N. San Fernando Rd. Pacoima, CA 91331, 2nd Floor Conference Room.  There is parking in the back of the building.

It is recommended that you attend to learn more about this program and how you can help a family during this holiday season. If you cannot attend or have questions contact Ann Ohlenkamp at moc.n1519115719sm@sn1519115719oitpo1519115719dA.DN1519115719EM.nn1519115719A1519115719.


Donate Food. MEND suggest donations of: frozen turkeys, chicken, pork roasts, canned tuna, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, spaghetti, canned juices, canned soup all kinds, 2 lb bags of pinto beans, 2 lb bags of rice, spaghetti, peanut butter, oatmeal, dry milk, and ground coffee.

Donate Toys/Gifts: NEW and UNWRAPPED toys/gifts (Gift Value of $15 or more) for children ages newborn –14. The toys and gifts we need the most are for children ages 8-14. Toy/Gift Ideas for this age group include: Bead Kits, Jewelry, Skateboards, Remote Control Cars, Sports Equipment (pumped), Legos, Art Supplies, Make-up Kits, Tote Bags, Crafts, Wallets/ Purses, Watches, Small Radios/ CD players, Scarves, and Gloves. Please no toys of violence.

Please register your drive today!

Donations will be accepted through December 7, 2017.

We have limited pick-ups available for large donations. Please email gro.y1519115719trevo1519115719pdnem1519115719@samt1519115719sirhc1519115719 by November 10th to secure a pick-up date.

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.



The Christmas Basket Program is sponsored by: 



Holiday Drive Resources

Christmas Volunteer Opportunities for 2017

Christmas Program Flyer

Adopt a Family for Christmas

Toy Drive

Food Drive

Holiday Drive Tip:

  • At your annual Christmas party, have your guests bring a toy, can of food, or blanket as their “entrance ticket.”

For Clients: