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Laurie Ender: What does Santa Clarita want for the holidays?

Live from City Hall

Posted: October 29, 2009 4:35 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Living in Santa Clarita, it is sometimes easy to forget there are people in need. As a community, Santa Clarita residents are some of the most giving people you’ll ever meet.

They regularly turn out for blood and bone marrow drives, 5K walks benefitting a variety of causes and gala dinners and wine events that provide necessary dollars to the dozens of local nonprofit organizations in our community.  

But like many of us, local nonprofit agencies have been hit hard by the recession and by state cuts that have further impacted vital agencies in our community. The Senior Center is worried it won’t be able to fund its Adult Day Health Center, which helps hundreds of local seniors every day.

The Domestic Violence Center of the SCV nearly closed its doors, moving to a smaller office earlier this month.

The Single Mothers Outreach organization has a list of needs this holiday season for local single moms trying to make ends meet and provide for a happy holiday season.  

As you make your holiday shopping lists this year, I encourage you to think about how you can cross a few people off your list and help a local nonprofit group at the same time. Why not make a donation to one or more of the worthy local organizations in the name of someone you care about?  

Choose a charity that would best fit the ideals and values your recipients uphold — a charity close to their heart. Cancer aid for someone who lost a relative to cancer is one touching act. (Think the Michael Hoefflin Foundation or the Circle of Hope.)

You can also support kids and families. (Think the Child and Family Center, Santa Clarita Valley YMCA or SCV Youth Project.)

You can help medically oriented charities on behalf of those who have struggled with health issues or have a heart for those without access to necessary health care. (Think the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center and the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health).

You can also opt to donate to funds that support athletes, places of worship and schools. For the young and old alike, the choices are endless. The costs are within your control and the rewards are great.

Whatever your choice of charity may be, remember that it would be a gift of love and of hope; something that anyone wouldn’t mind sharing.

Local nonprofit agencies are willing to provide a letter to you to give to your friend or loved one, letting them know that a holiday donation to the organization was made in their name. What a great way to spread the real message of the season!

Here are five ideas with the local contact information for your consideration this holiday season:

n The Senior Center of the SCV: (661) 259-9444, — In need of monetary donations for the Adult Day Health program and Meals on Wheels.

n Emergency Winter Shelter: (661) 259-1298, — In need of volunteers (season runs from December to March) and monetary donations.

n Domestic Violence Center of the SCV: (661) 259-8175, — In need of gift cards for clients and monetary gifts to help cover the 24-hour shelter and hotline.

n Single Mothers Outreach: (661) 288-0117, — In need of monetary donations, clothing, furniture, appliances and cars.

n The SCV Food Pantry: (661) 255-9078, — In need of non-perishable food donations, vehicle donations and monetary donations.

Laurie Ender is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. “Live from City Hall” is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.


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