Community Resource Center invites households in need to participate in 36th Annual Holiday Baskets event at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Participants at a previous Holiday Baskets event.
(Lea Tani Photography)

Community Resource Center is celebrating its 36th year of Holiday Baskets, the largest holiday distribution program of its kind, serving more than 6,000 people, including 3,000 children, in need during the holidays. Participants receive a free and dignified “shopping experience” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and can select food, coats, blankets,toys, infant items, and more.

This year’s event will be held Dec. 14-16. Registration to receive Holiday Baskets is now open: Individuals and families in need are encouraged to register now through Oct. 31. To participate in Holiday Baskets, individuals and families must: live, work or go to school in the cities of San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach or Del Mar, and have an annual household income at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income ($72,750 for a family of four).

Registration is available at CRC’s office at 650 Second St. now through Oct. 31: Mondays - Thursdays:10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Fridays: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; and Saturdays: Sept.r 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Oct. 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Donations and sponsors needed: CRC depends on the generous community to make Holiday Baskets possible. How you can help

:• Donate or host a donation drive: Give online or help collect non-perishable food, new toys, bicycles, winter coats, infant items and more

• Become a Sponsor: CRC needs the support of sponsors and donors to ensure every family experiences a joyful holiday season.

To get involved, please visit or contact 760-753-1156.

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