COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Nonprofits team up, seek help for the holiday season

Local organizations accepting holiday food, gift and monetary donations

In the spirit of caring and sharing this holiday season, several local nonprofits will be joining forces to help those in need.

This year, the Palo Alto Family YMCA will be hosting free community events to benefit the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital and The Family Giving Tree.

"It's been a tough year for many people in the community and during this special season the need for even more donations from our community is even more critical," Scott Glissmeyer, executive director of the YMCA, said in a press release.

The Family YMCA, located on Ross Road, will be collecting gifts for The Family Giving Tree, which provides children of low-income families with toys and other goodies, through Dec. 14.

People who wish to donate can pick up a card listing a desired gift, purchase the gift and return it unwrapped to the YMCA. Those who wish to write a check or give a gift card can do so as well.

On Saturday (Dec. 11), from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the YMCA will host a holiday card- and cookie-making social to create cards for patients at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital.

For more details on these events visit the YMCA website.

More ideas for where to give this season:

The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto is accepting monetary donations to purchase food and toys for those in need. Phone: 650-326-5912.

Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos is accepting children's toys and clothing, food and monetary donations until Dec. 22. Phone: 650-968-0836.

Ecumenical Hunger Program is accepting food, holiday gifts and monetary donations for those in need in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park through Dec. 18. Phone: 650-323-7781.

Jewish Family and Children's Services, Palo Alto is accepting monetary, food, toy and clothing donations. Phone: 650-688-3030

■ St. Francis Assisi Church in East Palo Alto is

accepting monetary and toy donations. Phone: 650-322-2152.

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room is accepting frozen turkeys, hams, canned and packaged foods of all kinds, toys for the Menlo Park Firefighters Holiday Toy Drive and cash donations. Phone: 650-365-9665.

Second Harvest Food Bank is accepting monetary and non-perishable food donations through Jan. 21. Phone: 650-610-0800.

■ Urban Ministry Food Closet is accepting non-perishable food donations through Dec. 24. Phone: 650-325-3663.

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