Long Beach Charities That Need Help During the Holidays
Community service is a big part of what we do. With 2017 coming to a close, there is still time to reach out to some fantastic local charities during the busy holiday season. We encourage our neighbors to give what money and time they can to help others in need. If you need some direction check out the local non-profits listed below.
Long Beach Rescue Mission
We’ve supported community events and programs throughout the years, and continued this tradition in 2017 by supporting the Long Beach Rescue Mission with a $500 donation for Giving Tuesday. According to the Mission’s Christmas Gift Catalog, this provides a recipient with more than 20 days of shelter, food, and care in their long-term recovery program.
For more information on how you can help the Rescue Mission click here.
If you're looking to volunteer in 2018, there is a volunteer registration form lbrm.org/volunteer. A mandatory volunteer orientation will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.
Long Beach Ronald McDonald House
A home away from home for critically-ill children, the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to stay while they focus all of the energies on helping their children get healthy. The house operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The House's staff are looking for volunteers to cook meals for 40 to 50 residents. Volunteers are required to cook on-site or purchase food from a retail food establishment. Meals are needed for the following dates available dates and meals:
- Christmas Day, Dec. 25 – an early dinner served around 4 pm
- December 26, 27,28 – breakfast or lunch on all of these days
- New Year's Eve, Dec. 31 – a breakfast or 4 p.m. dinner
- Jan. 1 – breakfast, lunch and dinner
Click here to see all the rules for the meal program.
If you can't fit cooking at the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House into your busy schedule, there's a wish list of items that the staff always need.
For more information call 562-285-4300.
WomenShelter of Long Beach
The Grunion Gazette newspaper is collecting gift cards for residents of the WomenShelter. People can donate through the Grunion or directly to WomenShelter at www.womenshelterlb.org or P.O. Box 17098, Long Beach, CA 90807. The gift cards help victims of domestic violence buy essentials for their new homes.
Gift cards can be dropped-off at the Gazette's office at 5225 E. Second St. Long Beach, CA 90803 or mail them to that address. Make sure to write "Attention WomenShelter Gift Card."
For more information call 562-433-2000.