Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Applications for Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s Share Your Holidays party and toy distribution

Howka brothers and sisters, we all know how hard it is for our tribal members during this tough winter. I wanted to remind everyone to take advantage of the free food and toys being offered by Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s . I hope some of our tribal members will be able to get the extra help they may need.

Food & Clothes Closet begins annual Share Your Holidays project
Published 11/25/2009 - 12:11 p.m. Rate This Article:

Applications for Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s Share Your Holidays party and toy distribution will be taken from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To receive an invitation to the party, an adult member of the family must apply at the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet office at 773 Main Street. The Share Your Holiday program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each child will receive a new toy from Santa Claus and there will be games, music and refreshments.
Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s mission is to assist low-income and needy households in the community of Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs with emergency food boxes, clothing, medical supplies and referral services.
Each year its mission of service is realized through the Share Your Holidays program, the hallmark social services program of the organization. It is intended for children (ages 1 through 12) of low-income families to receive gifts of new unwrapped toys and to share in the joy of the holiday season. In addition, each child in attendance will receive a new toy from Santa Claus, and the children and their families will have the opportunity to participate in the fun.
Each family must pre-qualify for the program in order to participate. An adult family member must present a current picture identification card, proof of residency in Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Warner Springs or Borrego Springs, and documentation of all household income. (Income includes employment, social security, disability, AFDC, food allowance, unemployment compensation and child support.)
“In addition, we will provide a larger food box and a grocery voucher for Albertsons to all current recipients and households registered in the Emergency Food Box Assistance program for 2009,” said Brian Moore, manager and executive director of the food and clothes closet. “The larger food boxes will be available for pickup one week prior to Dec. 24.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet will graciously accept donations of food and toys as well as money throughout December to make this a joyous and special holiday for these families, said Moore.
Donations may be brought to the thrift shop donations area in the rear parking lot Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations to the organization are tax-deductible. For more information on how to participate in this endeavor, call Ramona Food and Clothes Closet at 760-789-4458.

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