Community Resource Center's 27th Annual Holiday Baskets Program, the largest comprehensive holiday distribution program of its kind in San Diego County, will serve more than 5,000 people in need this year.
The next few weeks will mark the final opportunity for organizers to fill in donation gaps for the program before doors open for distribution on Dec. 18, 19, and 20.
Hundreds of volunteers are now transforming the Grandstands at the Del Mar Fairgrounds into a 20,000 square-foot shopping warehouse so that local families in need can experience "free" holiday shopping this season. Eligible North County families will fill their shopping carts or "baskets" with donated turkeys, staple foods, blankets, outerwear, toys and much more.
Despite the drop in donations experienced by charitable programs nationwide, Holiday Baskets organizers remain cautiously optimistic. Food collections are steady, but the program has critical gaps in donations of blankets, toys, teen gifts and baby items. Bike donations are also at an all-time low as organizers focus on basic needs. Volunteer crews also tune up used bikes in good condition for children, teens, and adults in the program.
Those interested in donating items to Holiday Baskets should contact Suzie Colby of Community Resource Center at (760) 230-6305 for drop-off locations and times. Donations are requested before distribution begins on Dec. 18. For online donations, volunteer opportunities, and other information, visit www.crcncc.org.
The Del Mar Community Connections office, located in the City Hall Annex, is a drop-off location for the Community Resource Center's Holiday Baskets drive. For more information, call DMCC at 792- 7565.