CRC still needs donations

If donations come through, as they have in years past, more than 1,200 area families won’t go without this holiday season when the Community Resource Center hosts its 26th annual Holiday Baskets Program.

But finding the resources to come through for these families has been more of a challenge this year for the CRC.

“We have a chasm this year between the demand for food and resources and the amount people are giving,” CRC Director Laurin Pause said.

Friday is the final day they’re accepting donations – unless special arrangements are made for dropping off items before Dec. 19. That’s the first of the three days when the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be converted into a “free” holiday store for low-income families in need of food, clothing, toys for Christmas and other practical items.

Pause said donors have stepped up again this year, but many are having trouble making ends meet themselves, so they’ve had to trim their charitable budgets.

“We’re doing pretty well on volunteers,” said Suzie Colby, public relations and development director, “but the demand for social services, in general, has gone up.”

Colby said the center’s staff remains hopeful and optimistic about their ability to serve the same number of families.

“Our spirits have been lifted in terms of people calling and coming through,” Colby said.

More than 200 groups are collecting items for the program including local schools, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, Rotary Clubs, the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department, churches, foundations, local businesses and government.

Pause said about 60 families are on a waiting list for the program, but expects many of those people also will be served due to “no shows.”

“We’ll keep giving out baskets until there aren’t any more to give,” Pause said.

Donations that are particularly needed include: non-perishable food items (canned or boxed), jackets and coats in all sizes (new or gently used), new unwrapped toys and teen gifts, and diapers and baby items.

To give:
- Drop-off locations are the CRC Thrift Store at 111 C St. in Encinitas and the Coldwell Banker office at 740 Garden View Court #100 in Encinitas.
- (760) 230-6305

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