Palo Alto Weekly

- November 30, 2012

Where to give

Nonprofit organizations seek a helping hand during the holidays

by Lisa Kellman

It can be hard to know what friends may want for the holidays, but local nonprofit organizations that serve the needy have their wish lists ready.

Several charities in the area collect food, clothing, gifts and more, which will help the homeless, aid families down on their luck and bring cheer to severely ill children. Below are a few charities looking for donations this holiday season.

Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto Christmas Bureau volunteers provide assistance to families and individuals who have been referred by schools and social agencies. Financial donations to the Christmas Bureau are turned into gift checks for those in need. The checks can be spent by the recipients as they see fit, whether to buy food or gifts for their families. Checks may be made out to the Christmas Bureau. 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA 94301. Email christmasbureau@me.com. www.christmasbureauofpaloalto.org.

Ecumenical Hunger Program The program feeds the homeless and gives away bags of groceries in East Palo Alto. This holiday season, food, clothing and household essentials are needed. Presents for people of all ages can be donated unwrapped: bed linens, household items, gift certificates to local department stores, remote-control toy trucks and cars, infant toys, dolls, soccer balls, footballs, watches, basketballs and clothing with sports motifs. 2441 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-232-7781. www.ehpcares.org

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room The meal program needs turkeys, fresh produce and all the trimmings for its Christmas meals. The wish list includes turkeys, chickens, hams and produce. 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-365-9665.

St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto St. Francis needs canned food for its give-away through St. Vincent DePaul. Call 650-322-1231.

South Palo Alto Food Closet The food bank serves the needy through its the south Palo Alto location and needs boxes of pasta, hot cereal and condiments including mustard, relish, ketchup and salad dressing. 670 East Meadow Dr., Palo Alto. Call 650-494-9310.

Second Harvest Food Bank The largest food bank in the Bay Area distributes food to the poor throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The agency needs canned food and money. 1051 Bing St., San Carlos. Call 650-610-0800. www.shfb.org

Downtown Streets Team This nonprofit strives to end homelessness by rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women and helping them get off the streets and become self sufficient. It needs financial donations to assist with its work program. 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Email chris@streetsteam.org. Call 650-305-1174. www.streetsteam.org.

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford This house supports families of children with life-threatening illnesses. It has a wishing tree with ornament tags that list gifts needed by the agency this season. Companies, schools and individuals can pick up ornaments at Ronald McDonald House. The deadline to pick up ornaments is Dec. 19. When the gifts are purchased, they should be dropped off back at the house. 520 Sand Hill Rd., Palo Alto. Call 650-470-6000. Ronaldhouse.net

InnVision Shelter Network The agency serves the homeless through its Opportunity Center in Palo Alto and Food Closet in downtown Palo Alto. It is in need of cash, checks, gift cards, toiletries, new or like-new infant/baby supplies, new or like-new linens, new or like-new clothing, and cleaning supplies. Food donations may be only at Food Closet, 425 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-325-3663. Clothing, linens, toiletries, gifts may be donated only at the Opportunity Center, 33 Encina Ave., Palo Alto.

If your organization is located in Palo Alto or East Palo Alto and you wish for it bt be included in the Weekly's "Where to Give" list, please email editor@paweekly.com with the subject heading, "Where to Give."

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