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My son Joey spent the day helping to feed the needy at Santa Ana’s Salvation Army, along with many of his friends from Godinez High School.  I am so proud of them!  But when I got a call today from a reader looking for more opportunities to help the needy, I did not know where to send him.  Luckily, State Senator Lou Correa recently published a list of charitable organiztions.  I added to  it.  Here it is – this my friends is what Thanksgiving is really all about:

Garden Grove

  • Grandma’s House of Hope (GHH) – GHH distributes food, gifts, and toys to hungry children and their parents during the holiday season. Contact Lori Solomon at lori.grandmashouse@gmail.com for more information.

Orange

  • Promesas de Yahweh Ministries (PDYM) – They provide grocery bags to people in need every weekend at their new location: 1622 S. Main Street, Santa Ana, 92707 (corner of Main and Pomona).  To volunteer, please call (714) 404-0029.
  • Mary’s Kitchen –  They provide food and services to the homeless of Orange County, California.  Click here to find out how to help.

Santa Ana

  • Veterans First, Thanksgiving at the Veterans House on Manor – Veterans First is serving dinner to homeless veterans at four locations on November 25th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Please contact Beau McGaughey at beau@veteransfirstoc.org for more information.
  • The Wooden Floor – Each year, The Wooden Floor, previously known as Saint Joseph Ballet, provides gifts for 375 underprivileged youth at its annual student holiday party. Please contact Susie Forbath at Susie@TheWoodenFloor.org for more information.
  • OneOC, Spirit of Giving – The Spirit of Giving is a service learning project where 1st grade students are taught the importance of community service. Please contact Shannon Reyes at sreyes@OneOC.org for more information.
  • Mercy House Living Centers, Holiday Adopt-a-Resident Program – Please contact Ashleigh Anderson Camba at ashleigha@mercyhouse.net for more information.  (714) 836-7188.
  • Official No One Left Behind – They collect food and give it away to the needy at the Delhi Center, on a regular basis.  For more info contact Joyce Hall at 714-973-1982, or email her at officialnooneleftbehind@yahoo.com.
  • Catholic WorkerClick here to see their Volunteer Schedule.
  • The Salvation Army Santa Ana CorpsClick here for volunteer information.

County of Orange

  • The Orange County Toy Collaborative – The Orange County Toy Collaborative provides holiday gifts to children from low-income households. Please visitwww.ocgov.com/volunteer.asp for more information.
  • Orange County Toy Collaborative – Operation Santa Claus distributes donated gifts and toys to underprivileged youth during the holiday season. Please contact Jane Dawson at Jane.Dawson@ocgov.com for more information.
  • Military Children’s Charity, Inc. – The Military Children’s Charity distributes toys to American Servicemember’s children. Please contact Cherie Navarro at cnavarro@militarychildrenscharity.org for more information.
  • Orangewood Children’s Foundation – The Orangewood Children’s Foundation distributes gifts to current foster youth, former foster youth, and low-income families throughout Orange County. Please contact Lupe Barerra at Lbarerra@orangewoodfoundation.org for more information.
  • Providence Community Services – Providence Community Services distributes gifts to needy children who would otherwise go without during the holidays. Please contact Adrienne Davalos at adavalos@provcorp.com for more information.
  • WISEPlace, Adopt-a-Resident – Please contact Cindy Ruiz at cruiz@wiseplace.org for more information.
  • Corazon, 2010 Community Christmas Party – The community of Cumbres and Pedregal are hosting a community Christmas fiesta. Please contact Julissa Espinoza at office@corazon.org for more information.
  • Orange County Rescue Mission – Various locations – click here to see a list of them.  Click here to find out how to volunteer.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – Located in Irvine.  Click here to find out how to help.
  • Orange County Food Bank – Located in Garden Grove.  Click here to find out how to help.
  • Home Aid Orange County – Located in Irvine.  Check their website for a great list of organizations that serve the needy and the homeless.
  • For other County services for the homeless, click here.



By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

2 thoughts on “More opportunities to help the needy in Orange County, this holiday season”
  1. July 20, 2011

    I just wanted to drop you line or two.
    I had often wondered about the programs offered through the Salvation Army.. I wondered why, I was either never approached or why I was never accepted.

    I did some research about the services offered

    They simply do not apply to ” Me ”

    I do not have a drug or an alcohol problem that can be addressed, not do have, a mental disability that renders me, incompetent..

    I simply seek to be in a transitional housing with a latitude of freedom… and constructive range of learning.. with most of your program this is not something that is the NORM.

    Thank yOu

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