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Bay Cities Donates to Pico Rivera Christmas Baskets for the Needy

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Pamela Velarde



Pico Rivera, CA – December 15 2012 – The Christmas Baskets for the Needy Committee put on another successful event to help the community of Pico Rivera. Over 1,100 boxes, donated by Bay Cities, were filled with goodies for a delicious Christmas dinner and were given out to needy families in the Pico Rivera community. The committee was started over 20 years ago and its need has grown throughout the years. What started as an event serving only about 500 families has more than doubled to serving the 1,100+ needed this year.

Many volunteers showed up Saturday December 15, 2012 to help sort and distribute the baskets. Most of the volunteers were high school students. When asked, most of the students cited a desire to give back to the community as their reason for waking up early on a Saturday morning to volunteer at this event. The event officially began with a kick-off presentation at Pico Park and then families were ushered inside to pick up their assigned box.

Families picking up the boxes were required to show proof of residence in Pico Rivera as well as appropriate paperwork for their children. Along with the Christmas baskets filled with food, the Sheriff’s department donated lots of toys for the children benefitting from this event.  The committee is comprised mainly of women who care deeply about the Pico Rivera community and want to help in any way they can.

All events sponsored by the committee throughout the year culminate with the Christmas Baskets for the Needy event. These events include Trick-Or-Treat for Hunger where community members ask for non-perishable goods as donations instead of candy, Stamp Out Hunger, which is a nation-wide effort in partnership with the Unites States Post Office to collect donations for the needy, as well as a thrift store where community members can come and purchase items with all proceeds going to help supply items needed for the Christmas baskets.

Bay Cities has provided boxes for this even for over 20 years and the committee members are extremely grateful for the help. When speaking with the president of the committee, she further showed her gratefulness for the boxes by sharing that the committee made a point for Bay Cities to be recognized for their continuous support. Committee members also made a point to say that anyone is welcome to volunteer and all help is greatly appreciated.