Thanks to the generosity of local families, churches and community
organizations, almost all of the low-income families in Laguna Beach seeking Christmas aid will have their wish-lists fulfilled.
Even so, the needs of about eight families and seven seniors remain unfilled, according to Marsha Brode and Sande St. John, two of the town’s busiest elves. “Just a bit more help is needed,” Brode said this week.
Volunteers will assemble the baskets of food and toys for the remaining families with donations of new, unwrapped toys or other gifts for all ages and gift cards to
local grocery stores.
For example, Maria G. has two girls, ages 9 and 5. The older girl wants a Zsu
pet and the younger one a pillow pet or a Princess Ariel doll, Brode said. The two teen-age boys of a housekeeper and construction worker want zipper hoodie sweatshirts, a skateboard and a bicycle, she said. A family of four school-age children whose parents work parttime in a fast-food restaurant would be grateful for anything, she said.
The seniors live in Vista Aliso and need gift cards to Albertson’s or CVS, warm sweaters and other clothing.
All donations can be dropped off at the Santa house on Forest Avenue near Glenneyre Street. For more information or to adopt a family please call Sande St. John at 949 633-9429 or Marsha Bode at 949 244-2010.