Give a Latte Smiles and Toys during the Holidays to Children and Families at Hillsides

The amount of support we receive from the community at this time of year is very gratifying and is a big help in creating a memorable holiday season for all those we serve. All this is accomplished because of the tireless efforts of so many individuals, families, employees, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and churches.

Before we all get caught up in the whirlwind of activity, let me just say thank you to all of you who givegenerously to the children and families we serve and who work so hard to make this season so special at Hillsides.

To start off the holiday season, Starbucks stores in Pasadena, La Canada, Sierra Madre, La Crescenta, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Glendale and Sunland have found a way to reach customers and appeal to their hearts. Starbucks stores are hosting in-store promotional bins and posters for Hillsides, encouraging customers to donate holiday gifts beginning Friday, December 2.

Likewise, one local autogroup is spreading holiday cheer and bringing joy while simultaneously helping us fulfill holiday wishes for vulnerable children and families.  With the generous support from RUSNAK Auto Group, children served by our charity will be treated to special toys donated by caring patrons and the local auto group dealerships in Pasadena and Arcadia.

The Parkway Grill, Arroyo Chophouse, and Café 140 South in Pasadena displays Hillsides holiday trees with special wish tags for their customers to pick up. Businesses like these in our community make the holidays so much more meaningful for those we serve. 

Besides toy drives, businesses, individuals, schools and organizations adopt families for the holidays. We have a hundred families that participate in our adopt-a-family program during the holiday. These are families that have the greatest need. Coming together to help us give the extras like gifts, holiday decorations and meals enable us to recreate and continue traditions that are meaningful in childhood and to families. 

By fulfilling special wishes, we are able to give our children and families a few extras to help restore hope in a brighter new year. For this, we could not do it alone. I want to thank you for your generous heart and compassionate spirit. 

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