Donate to holiday blanket, jacket drive for area families

The city of Del Mar and the Del Sol Lions have teamed up to collect new and gently used blankets and jackets for the annual Holiday Baskets Program.

The Community Resource Center began this program more than 30 years ago by distributing baskets of food to 50 low-income working families. Today, the Holiday Basket Program serves more than 1,500 pre-qualified North County families, and the generic baskets of food have expanded to a dignified shopping experience held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year, they are explicitly looking to collect 6,500 new and gently used coats and jackets and 1,800 new and used blankets. If you are interested in supporting this program, please bring unwrapped blankets and jackets to the Del Mar City Hall lobby at 1050 Camino Del Mar, during normal business hours (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays). Items will be collected through Thursday, Dec. 18.

For information, contact Linette Page at Del Sol Lions, 858-243-3336 or Katie Benson at Del Mar City Hall, 858-755-9313.