URGENT! Donations Needed for Fire Damaged Soup Kitchen!!

The Southwest Community Center / Soup kitchen in Santa Ana, CA burned down yesterday, damaging all the food, clothing, and toys that were to be donated to needy families this SATURDAY for a big Christmas event for Adopt-a-Family.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) Workers board up the offices of the Southwest Community Center on West Second Street in Santa Ana.

They desperately need DONATIONS and HELP!!!!

In support of SMEDA and the recent fire that severely damaged their building, resulting in a loss of food and gifts for 1,000 in-need Santa Ana residents, Orange County United Way will be offering our office as a drop-off point for anyone interested in donating for the organization’s Adopt-A-Family event scheduled this weekend!!

Here’s a link to all the info about how you can help!!!

If you are TOO FAR AWAY to drop off donations yourself, JapanLA has agreed to be a drop off point for those too far north!

To drop off donations at JapanLA:
Drop off Dates: Tuesday, December 15th through Thursday, December 17th
Drop off Time: Between the hours of 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Drop off Address: 648 N. Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036

To drop off donations at the Orange County United Way in person:
Drop off Date: Tuesday, December 15th through Friday, December 18th
Drop off Time: Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Drop off Address: Orange County United Way, 18012 Mitchell Ave. South Irvine, CA 92614


Needed Items:

Canned Food for food baskets (corn, beans, rice, tuna, etc.)
NEW & USED Clothing for men, women and children
NEW & USED Blankets
NEW unwrapped toys for children aged 0 – 12

Online Donations:
Monetary donations can be made at http://www.unitedwayoc.org.
Click  Donate Now
Click Secure Credit Card Donations
Enter Promo Code SMEDA FIRE

If you are a Los Angeles or Orange county resident, please donate if you can! or if you are far away, you can overnight or 2-day mail them your donations OR a monetary donation!!!

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) A Lakers bobblehead doll -- one of the gifts that was to have been distributed at the Southwest Community Center's holiday meal in Santa Ana -- was among the fire casualties.

We strongly believe in giving back to the community, and philanthropy at this time of the year and in such a case, is desperately needed. Please consider giving just one item or even one dollar to this organization, or any other charity of your choice, because that one thing you give is something precious that someone in need did not have before!

PLEASE REPOST THIS IN YOUR BLOGS, FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER! GO GO GO PEOPLE! CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TIME!

NOTE: Don’t forget, you can be reimbursed for ALL DONATIONS when you file your taxes! Keep your receipts and keep philanthropy at the top of your mind!

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) The fire at the Southwest Community Center destroyed $50,000 in food and holiday gifts that was to have been distributed to the needy.

(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / December 15, 2009) Staffers at the Southwest Community Center in Santa Ana grieve over a fire at the facility, which has been serving meals to the needy for more than 30 years and was getting ready to host its annual Christmas meal this Saturday. At center is Connie Jones, director of the center, with longtime volunteers Elsa Alvarado, left, and Jessie Allen. Jones is the granddaughter of Annie Mae Tripp, the center's founder.

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