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.
Here are four 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
We kindly request that donations be new, unwrapped, and available or delivered by Friday, December 4 (Some gently used items may be fine, please inquire).
Alternately, you can purchase needed items directly from this Wish List.
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 our 2020 Impacts, 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.
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,