How you can help struggling families during the holidays
Each year during the holiday season, we appeal to your generosity to provide critical needs for struggling families. This year – one unlike any other – your support will make a tremendous difference to ease the challenges that families are facing.
Support our Family Giveaway:
We are hoping to create essential item kits for 300 families for an upcoming giveaway at one of our Family Centers. Needs include: board games for families, blankets, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, deodorants, shaving creme, razors, body lotion, floss, toothpaste, or toothbrushes.
Here are more ways you can help:
Donate food, supplies, and living essentials:
We will distribute your donations to approximately 700 families during the next few weeks. We are seeking donations of the following:
• Food: Non-perishable food items (canned fruits, vegetables, soups, protein
• Hygiene: Wipes, paper goods, cleaning supplies, toilet paper
• School supplies: Notebooks, pens, paper
• Infant essentials: Diapers, formula
• Sporting goods: Balls, nets, equipment
• Art and creative supplies: Crayons, journals, coloring books, colored pencils
• Gift cards: Target, Walmart, grocery stores, Electronics stores
• Games: Family board games and puzzles
• Books: For all ages, and family books to encourage reading time
Donate funds towards critical support services:
Each year, El Nido Family Centers serves approximately 15,000 children and families throughout the Los Angeles area. Your tax-deductible donation will ensure that vital services – including mental health counseling, housing services, youth academic services, and much more – are available to meet the need. 87 cents of every dollar received goes directly to program services (a leading ratio among nonprofits), and our work – which is widely recognized among peers and independently evaluated – is truly transformational. You can learn more about El Nido’s 2020 Impact, and donate here.
Volunteer your time:
Give back by volunteering your time through a range of in-person and virtual volunteering opportunities. We are seeking volunteers to help with distributing food and supplies, tutor or mentor youth, and more. See our latest volunteer needs here and sign up or email volunteer @ elnidofamilycenters.org.
Make purchases through smile.amazon.com:
Your AmazonSmile purchases provide a free donation back to El Nido whenever you log in at smile.amazon.com and select ‘El Nido Family Centers’ as your preferred charity.
With your support, together we will help families endure this challenging time and find much needed reprieve. Thank you for your consideration, and best wishes for a safe holiday season for you and your loved ones,
Liz Herrera, LCSW,
For more information contact: Elaine Doran • 818.399.8579 • eldoranpr @ gmail.com