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Adopt an Angel and Make the Holiday Season Brighter for Local Kids – Pasadena Now

This holiday season, Pasadenans can help support local children in need by adopting a Holiday Angel.

Led by Foothill Unity Center, Holiday Angels Project offers community-decorated angels for residents, families and organizations to adopt. Each angel, which represents a child, must be returned with a gift worth $25.

The goal of the program is for every child to receive a gift this holiday season. More or less 1,500 children would benefit from the program, according to Raina Martinez, director of development for the Foothill Unity Center.

This is the first time the Holiday Angels project has returned since the pandemic began in 2020.

According to Martinez, before the COVID pandemic, angels were labeled with a child’s name, interests and height. For this year, the angel labels will be more general because the center can no longer bring in families to fill out forms to provide information about their children.

“This year we’re going back more to Project Angel, but the Angels are a bit more general,” Martinez said. “They will have a label on the front on the gift categories. So we have categories like toys, arts and crafts, clothes, and books.

Martinez said that in addition to the individual gift that will be given to children, the center will provide a game or puzzle to families in need, as she added that the center promotes a theme of family togetherness.

Wish list donations for this year’s Holiday Angels project include $25 gift cards (Aldi, Amazon, Burlington, Kohl’s Marshalls, Target and Walmart); family board games such as puzzles and arts and crafts sets; books and dictionaries; and toys (scientific/educational, construction sets, dolls, action figures, vehicles, sports, household toys).

In addition to the Holiday Angels project, the center will also organize a food drive for families in need.

The holiday food drive wish list includes $20-$25 grocery gift cards, cake mix, canned yams, corn muffin mix, cranberry sauce, packets of gravy, jelly pudding, marshmallows, pies, stuffing, whole chickens and Cornish hens.

According to Martinez, families without children will only receive boxes of food while those with children will receive boxes of food in addition to toys and gift bags for the children.

Food boxes will be distributed the fourth week of December while holiday treats for families with children will be distributed on the 21st.

Families who wish to benefit from the center’s programs for the holidays can register at the center at 191 North Oak Ave. in Pasadena or call (626) 584-7420.

The center needs community support for the success of its programs. “It’s really a community effort,” Martinez pointed out. “We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the community.

Community members can support Foothill Unity Center programs by donating, volunteering, and collecting items. To learn more, visit: www.angels.foothillunitycenter.org and www.holidays.foothillunitycenter.org.

Foothill Unity Center, a one-stop agency, is the region’s leading integrated service provider that helps individuals and families move out of poverty into economic stability.

For more than 40 years, it has assisted residents in need with programs focused on food, health, crisis management, employment development, volunteerism, and housing and homeless services. shelter.

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