Duarte’s Promise and Community Team Launch 8th Annual Holiday of Promise Program

Duarte’s Promise; The Alliance for Youth, the Duarte Church and Clergy Association and numerous businesses are teaming up for the eighth straight year to help ensure a bountiful Christmas for Duarte area families. To date approximately 55 businesses have reserved a donation box including all DUSD Schools and City Facilities, Duarte Family Chiropractic, Rancho Duarte Golf Course, Curves, SCE Federal Credit Union, and the City of Bradbury.

The “Holiday of Promise” project will collect food, personal items and gift donations to help fill holiday baskets for less fortunate families of Duarte and surrounding cities. The Duarte Community Service Council and the Foothill Unity Center will distribute the baskets to families the week before Christmas.

Participating area churches and businesses are collecting food and gift items from Tuesday, November 17 through Thursday, December 10. Suggested food donations include dry boxed goods such as stuffing, rice dishes, mash potatoes, cereal and pasta; flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, cornstarch, and powdered sugar. Also, sweets, including jello, pudding, cake mixes, chocolate chips, cookie mixes, frosting, and muffin mixes; and canned food items such as fruit, pumpkin, yams, beans, corn, okra, refried beans, beans, milk, tuna, and chicken.

Gifts are needed for children, teens, and adults. Suggested items include Clothes: colorful ankle socks, canvas belts, athletic socks; Toys for infants to 2 years old, 2 to 5 years, and 6 to pre-teen. Electronics: mp3’s – kid’s/teens, $5 phone cards, digital camera, AAA batteries, AA batteries, watches, C batteries, headphones. Personal items: barrettes, bows, scrunchies/headbands, bracelets, earrings, lotion, perfume, aftershave, hand creams, hair gel/spray, and toothpaste. Also bar soap, liquid soap, bubble bath, hairbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, and ribbons.

City staff will pick-up the food and gift items from sites on Thursday, December 10th and will deliver them to the Duarte Community Services Council and the Foothill Unity Center for distribution to families.

For more information and to find out the locations of participating churches accepting Holiday of Promise donations, contact: Duarte’s Promise at City Hall, (626) 357-7931 ext 265.

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