The holiday season has brought a tidal wave of donations from local residents and businesses to nonprofits in the area. Here are a few from December …
Credit union donates $ 13,500
The Orange County Credit Union donated $ 13,500 to local nonprofits this holiday season. Here is an overview of the recipients:
$ 10,000 went to CHOC’s Deck the Halls, including sponsorship of Seacrest Studio’s Santa’s phone line and decorations for a CHOC clinic. The credit union donated volunteer hours to prepare 300 bags of joy for patients – tie-dye pillowcase kits.
$ 1,000 – Today’s Children’s Holiday Toy Drive;
$ 250 – Western Youth Services toy drive;
$ 1,000 – CrimeSurvivors, Survivors Hope Fund Thanksgiving & Christmas Basket Program;
$ 500: Annual Orange County Fire Authority Toy Drive;
$ 500 – Town of Tustin Holiday Basket Program. Volunteer hours have also been scheduled to help pack the packages;
$ 250 – California Families in Focus Toy Drive.
Turkeys, pounds and more
Orange County United Way has delivered nearly 400 turkey coupons and bags of produce, 350 holiday literacy kits, 15 Christmas trees and adopted 35 families through its SparkPoint OC program.
SparkPoint OC helps families create personal financial plans to become self-sufficient. The plans help them get rid of debt, go back to school, or learn to budget.
All donations went to the families of the SparkPoint OC program, whose schools include Horace Mann Elementary in Anaheim, Salk Elementary in Anaheim, and Washington Elementary in Santa Ana. The distribution of food and gifts was carried out with the help of Abrazar, a partner of SparkPoint.
LoanDepot lends a helping hand
LoanDepot at Foothill Ranch was the title sponsor of the Orange Central Coast Boys and Girls Clubs’ Winter Wonderland event, which helped bring the holiday spirit to 1,000 children in the program.
Winter Wonderland at four local Boys and Girls clubs included toys, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate for the kids in the community.
The non-bank lender said this year’s contributions for area children and their families amounted to $ 715,000.
Company executives and team members volunteered to participate in the event and organized a toy drive, delivering hundreds of freebies to attendees.
“Our partnership is the essence of collective impact, as our two organizations share a passion to provide support to the most vulnerable families, leveraging our resources and talent so that we can do good together”, said Robert Santana, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Orange Central Coast. “We are extremely grateful for their support, especially in these difficult times. “
LoanDepot also supported Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County, War Heroes On Water and its partner 501c3 Freedom Alliance, and Free Wheelchair Mission with a total donation of $ 250,000.
Pimco donates 1,200 pounds of food
Newport Beach-based Pimco hosted its 14th annual “Share the Harvest” drive-thru event.
Employees donated 1,216 pounds of food, such as canned and non-perishable items, diapers, formula and toys that were distributed by the OC Food Bank ahead of the holiday season.
Pimco also made a donation to help the food bank purchase 14,000 boxes of prepackaged food that will benefit Orange County families.
For more information on the OC Food Bank, visit capoc.org/oc-food-bank.
Pacific Dental partners help children and families
Pacific Dental Services, based in Irvine, and its 13,000 clinicians and team members across the United States contributed $ 8 million in dentistry donations, 53,584 volunteer hours and $ 648,369 in donations this year.
PDS said its member practices organize merchandise drives, support charitable partnerships, and provide team members with paid volunteer time to help an organization of their choice.
With the help of the PDS Foundation, clinicians and team members also traveled to Guatemala to provide dental care at Clinica Dental in Xenacoj.
Help a family of 12
Garden Grove-based Alkemist Labs provided gifts to a local family of 12 as part of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County’s annual “Hope for the Holidays” adoption program.
The Alkemist Labs team donated toys, clothing, and other gifts such as books, games, stuffed animals, and gift cards to the Umar family.
OCC Photography Grant
The Orange Coast College School of Photography received a $ 450,000 grant from the William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation.
The money will help the college establish the Jeff Gross Photography Endowment, funding the purchase and repair of photographic equipment for students. The grant will also fund more advanced photography students who will serve as tutors for their beginning peers.
At OCC, students in the Photography program use a wide range of photo equipment, including film and digital cameras, lenses, light kits, and more.
The college said equipment rental is available to all enrolled photography students at a low cost to ensure that “the program remains accessible to everyone, regardless of socio-economic circumstances.”
The Irvine-based Sunwest Bank, a private investment bank, has been named the winner of the Civic 50 Orange County by OneOC and Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Orange County Civic 50 initiative sets a standard for “corporate citizenship”, showing how companies can use their time, skills and resources to generate social impact at work and in their communities.
Lake Forest-based Panasonic Avionics Corp. was named the 2021 Popular Science Best of What’s New winner in its Aerospace category. The company won the award for its eX1 in-flight entertainment system for narrow-body aircraft. Bluetooth audio technology enables simple connections between wireless headphones and seat back entertainment screens. The system debuted earlier this year on United Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX fleet with Cathay Pacific Airways.
MemorialCare Weight Loss Surgical Center at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center has been re-accredited as a full center through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Industry group standards mean that metabolic and bariatric patients will receive multidisciplinary medical care, which can improve patient outcomes and long-term success. MBSAQIP accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed for obese patients.
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