Category: Take Action/Serving Your Community

Are you a Shoe Stuffer?

If you’re homeless, you know all about Shoe Stuffing. Did you know socks are one of the least donated clothing items at homeless shelters? With the cold winter nights come cold feet, those without socks wrap their feet with newspaper  to keep their feet insulated.

The average person walks 4 miles a day. The average struggling or homeless person walks an average of 10 miles per day and most of them do this with newspaper stuffed in their shoes.


This December, Hanes will donate 150,000 pairs of socks to those in need. But you can join in and help the homeless by donating today. ‪#‎HanesForGood‬

Donating even one pair of socks will help someone in need. Donations can be made at your local Salvation Army Store or drop off location near you.


Give the Gift of Warmth

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One Warm Coat works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. They encourage people to keep others warm by donating a new or gently used coat.

Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the now nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, a warm winter coat is a budget “extra.”

It’s not just children who need coats – adults often buy the children coats but can’t afford one for themselves. This is a great way to add more space to your closet and help someone in need. It’s easy find a donation site or coat drive, just type in your zip code.

The Container Store is also accepting donations at their stores. In addition by simply donating $5.00 – you can help keep 10 people warm. It’s so easy you just text the word “CONTAIN” to 80100.




Another way to give back

Another way to give back within our community is to Orangewood Children’s Home. Orangewood Children’s Foundation began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County children who were the victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Today, our focus is on the ongoing needs of children in the foster care system, developing a wide range of activities, scholarships, support and programs to give every child every chance to succeed.

Here’s a wish list, if you could be so kind as to drop any one of these items off, A child would be so grateful this Holiday season. They are accepting donations through tomorrow, December 22, 2014.




Holiday Book Drive

Another way to give back ihis season ts by giving the gift of Litereacy. The Holiday Book Drive is Barnes & Noble’s annual program whereby customers can donate books to children in need, helping to give the gift of literacy.

Each store chooses its own local recipient group(s). The 2014 Holiday Book Drive runs through December 31.



CHOC Toy Drive & Prentend City

Pretend City will host a Toy Drive for CHOC until December 23, 2014. Bring an unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more to receive discount on admission.

Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital! Pretend City Children’s Museum is once again partnering up with the Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit the patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new, unwrapped toys!

Durable, cleanable toys are most useful in the hospital setting. For a list acceptable toys, please visit CHOC’s Toy Wish List.

  • Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Visit their website: for more information on admdission and hours.
  •  Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit. *One discount per ticket per toy; cannot be combined with any other promotions

Spark of Love Toy Drive

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ABC7 & Southern California firefighters celebrate 22 years of giving. Over the past two decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected more than 8 million toys. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.

The campaign runs through Christmas Eve, and our goal is to exceed last years’ collection of 450,000 toys.

Stuff-A-Bus events go a long way in helping reach our goal. And the biggest elf on this side of the North Pole, Garth Kemp, will be at each Stuff-a-Bus event to meet and greet viewers and participants as he collects new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment for children and teens!

The next Stuff-a-Bus event is right here in the OC 

Friday, December 19, 2014 from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Honda Center
2695 East Katella Ave.
(818) 863-7220

Ways to Give:
  • Bring your new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment to one of our four Stuff-A-Bus events in Cerritos, Ontario, Canoga Park or Anaheim.
  • Drop off your new, unwrapped toy or sports equipment at any local fire station.
  • Donate online by going to ABC7 & Firefighters Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund

You can also support the “Spark of Love” by attending one of the following events. There will be plenty of Holiday cheer and some of your favorite Eyewitness News personalities. Please check our page often for more updates.
Thru Saturday, December 20
“Golf for Kids in Need”
Spring Valley Lake Golf Club
13229 Spring Valley Lake Pkwy.
Victorville, CA 92395

Saturday, December 20
“Christmas Bowl for Spark of Love”
Semi-pro Football Player’s Association
1 p.m.
Marina Vista Park
5355 E Eliot St, Long Beach, CA 90803
(323) 246-2546

Thursday, December 25
“Christmas Brunch at the Reef Restaurant”
8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Reef Restaurant
880 S. Harbor Scenic Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Suggested Donation Items – We get a lot toys for younger children, but are always short on teen and infant items. Here are some suggestions for teen items.

Non Gender Specific
MP3 players
Cell phone cases
Razor Scooters
Basketballs, Soccer balls, and Footballs
Cross-body purses/bags
Make-up brushes
Blow dryers
Flat Irons
Hot Iron Tools

For more information on how to donate contact Teresa Samaniego at 818-863-7221.


Help Feed Families in Orange County


There is still time to help fight hunger for families throught out Orange County. Any donation helps a family in need. Here are several ways you can help Second Harvest Food Bank feed families in Orange County.


Give A Meal with Bank of America

When: September 8- December 31
Where: Visit

This holiday season, you can take action in the fight to end hunger in Orange County, and make three times the difference. Bank of America is partnering with Feeding America’s network of food banks, and when for every $1 donated through the Give A Meal campaign, Bank of America will donate $2. To donate, visit and be sure to enter your Orange County zip code and designate your donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.


Irvine Company Office Properties Holiday Food Drive

When: November 3 – December 26
Where: Irvine Company Offices

Second Harvest has partnered with 110 Irvine Company Properties to host their annual holiday food drive campaign. Residents and the public can drop off non-perishable food donations to any Irvine Company office location to help feed Orange County this holiday season.


Stater Bros. 2014 “Harvesting Hope in Our Community” Campaign

When: November 5 – December 31
Where: Orange County Stater Bros. locations

This holiday season, customers can stop by any of the 30 Orange County Stater Bros. locations to purchase a donation bag filled with non-perishable food donations. These “Bags of Hope” will benefit Second Harvest and our partners.


Sprouts “Grab and Give” Campaign

When: November 1 – December 31
Where: Orange County Sprouts Farmers Market Locations

During the months of November and December, Sprouts Farmers Market will be promoting their annual “Grab and Give” program. During this campaign, customers can stop by any of the 15 Orange County Sprouts locations and purchase a donation bag filled with non-perishable food donation. This campaign will benefit Second Harvest and our community partners.

Vons “Help Us End Hunger” Holiday Campaign

When: November 5 – December 31
Where: Orange County Vons

To help end hunger this holiday season, customers are encouraged to stop by any of the 33 Orange County Vons store locations to purchase a pre-filled bag of food donations to support OC residents in need.


45th Annual Adopt a Family Program



The 45th Annual Adopt A Family Program is taking place now thru December 18, 2014 at OC Fair & Event Center

Since its inception, SOS has been linking generous community members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. This holiday season marks the 45th year of the Share Our Selves annual Adopt A Family Program. This wonderful holiday tradition supports many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays. This year, the Adopt A Family Program will connect donors with more than 1,100 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana organizations and schools.

Ways to Participate:

  • Provide at least two new gifts for every child AND food (or grocery gift cards) for a complete dinner for the entire family
  • OR provide only new gifts (at least two) for each child in the family
  • OR volunteer on December 17th or 18th (see FAQs below for more information)
  • OR help with deliveries using your van or truck on the morning of December 18th
  • OR make a donation for SOS Adopt A Family to purchase gifts, food or gift cards

Companies, schools, and religious institutions are asked to consider adopting multiple families or holding food, toy or gift card drives to help SOS with the families that do not get adopted by a specific donor.

Please join the hundreds of families and organizations that make Adopt A Family a part of their holiday traditions. (download the Donor Sign-Up Form.) You will receive information about your family after November 10th.

For more information, email or call 949.270.2187.

Adopt A Family FAQs (Download complete list here)

What do you need to provide if we adopt a family?

If you adopt a family, we ask that you provide both Christmas gifts & dinner. You may choose the family size you want, but you must provide at least two new gifts for each child (you may provide more if you’d like, and may also include something for the adults, but this is not required). Gift cards to stores like Payless Shoes and Target are also fine. When providing Christmas dinner, please buy gift cards for frozen goods, turkeys and perishables and purchase other holiday food items or consider providing gift cards for a complete Christmas dinner. Fresh produce and extra food are always welcome.

For more information contact Share Our Selves



Season of Sharing


The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.04.

While that may seem like a reasonable amount to spend for some, others will have to foresake the traditional Thanksgiving feast. A new study by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Feeding America shows that more than 277,000 people in Orange County alone need the help of Second Harvest. Many families in own community are made to choose between paying for food and other essentials.

There is something you can do about it today! KTLA 5 News along with Stater Bros. Markets, Whole Foods, and the Salvation Army — as well as Second Harvest, the LA Regional Food Bank, and Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino — have joined forces to collect food donations as part of the 2014 Season of Sharing that is taking place today at several locations.

They invite you to donate non-perishable food items that will benefit local food banks. The food collected will help all through the holiday season.

KTLA 5 will be live at Stater Bros. and Whole Foods locations on Tuesday, Nov. 25, collecting food donations to ensure every family has a warm holiday season to remember this year.

The following are the items needed most by local food banks:

Non-perishable canned goods or dry food:

  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned chicken
  • Pasta
  • Hot and cold cereal
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Boxed potatoes

Personal care items:

  • Diapers
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Toilet tissue
  • Soap

**Please no glass containers or expired items**

Locations for food drop-off during KTLA 5’s Season of Sharing on Nov. 25

Stater Bros – Santa Clarita/Los Angeles

26900 Sierra Highway,
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Store hours: 6am-Midnight (donations accepted until 11pm)

Stater Bros – Placentia/Orange County
1111 E. Imperial Highway
Placentia, CA 92870
Store hours: 6am-11pm

Stater Bros – Chino
6989 Schaefer Avenue
Chino, CA  91710
Store hours: 6am-11pm

Whole Foods –  Fairfax
6350 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Store hours: 7am-11pm

Whole Foods – PCH/El Segundo
760 S. Sepulveda Bl.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Store hours: 7am-10pm

Whole Foods – Pasadena
3751 E. Foothill Bl.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Store hours: 7am-10pm



Turkey Trot OC

Turkey Trot OC
Turkey Trot OC

Please join in on Thanksgiving morning, November 27th at 8:00 a.m., as our community comes together with homeless men, women, and children to give thanks.

The 1st annual Turkey Trot OC will kick off at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope in Tustin for a 5k Run/Walk with proceeds supporting the homeless and hungry of Orange County. This year, the goal is to raise enough for 50,000 meals for the least, the last, and the lost.

The Orange County Rescue Mission will activate its 150,000 supporters, which includes 3,400 businesses and 610 churches and faith communities to run and walk on Thanksgiving morning.

The event will feature a post-run culinary treat of smoked bacon, pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup, and freshly ground coffee.

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