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Holiday donation programs offered

December 2, 2016

This holiday season, residents are invited to donate to local community programs, including "Toys for Tots," the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Program and the Artesia-Cerritos Community Christmas Program sponsored by community volunteers.

The annual "Toys for Tots" program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps in cooperation with the City of Cerritos provides gifts to local underprivileged children. Clubs, families and individuals are encouraged to donate dolls, crafts, toy cars, building blocks, books and other items for infants and children. Possible teen items include notebooks, games, curling irons, blow dryers, books or CDs. New, unwrapped items are requested to help make sorting and delivery more efficient.

Toys for Tots donations can be dropped off now through Wednesday, December 14 in one of the Toys for Tots bins at Cerritos City Hall, Cerritos Library, Heritage Park, Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park, Liberty Park, Cerritos Park East, Cerritos Olympic Swim Center and Cerritos Sheriff's Station. Marines stationed in Seal Beach will deliver the toys to several agencies serving local children.

The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Program helps brighten Christmas for children of needy families. To participate, pick out one or more tags between now and Friday, December 9 from the Angel Tree located in the Cerritos Senior Center. Each tag (for infants through 12-year-olds) will list the child's age, gender, clothing size and toy request. New clothing and/or a new, unwrapped toy for the child, along with the original tag, should be brought to the Cerritos Senior Center on or before Wednesday, December 14.

Monetary donations and grocery store gift cards are also being sought for the annual Artesia-Cerritos Community Christmas Program (ACCCP), to help provide a brighter holiday season for hundreds of local disadvantaged families. Donations for this year's program will be accepted through Friday, December 16 at the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park and Holy Family Catholic Church in Artesia (18708 S. Clarkdale Avenue). Donations of checks or money orders can be mailed to the Artesia-Cerritos Community Christmas Program (ACCCP), P.O. Box 4803, Cerritos, CA 90703.

For more information about any of the holiday donation programs, call the City's Community Participation Division at (562) 865-8101.


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