Holiday Sharing

Long Beach is helping those that may need it most this holiday season. See how you can pitch in too.

The Grunion is hosting its annual gift card drive benefitting the WomenShelter of Long Beach. People can donate prepaid gift cards or cash by mailing them — or dropping them off — to the Grunion Gazette office in Belmont Shore, 5225 E. Second St. Donations also can be made online to Additionally, anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card to Sevilla. 

Long Beach Coffee and Tea is hosting an "Angel Tree" holiday event at their location, 480 Pine Ave. People can visit the location and take an ornament that's on the tree, which includes information about different veteran outreach agencies and items that are need. Gifts can be dropped off to the at Long Beach Coffee and Tea through 3 p.m. on Dec. 24.

People can drop off personal care items — like toilet paper, shampoo and soaps —  from 9 to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday, to the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St. The drive is led by the Heart of Ida and benefits Long Beach seniors that could use extra help with everyday items this holiday season. Go to, or call (562) 570-3548 for more information.

The holiday toy drive at Gelson's Market is back and accepting unwrapped toy donations at all Gelson locations through Saturday, Dec. 15. The toys will be donated to the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots and other Los Angeles area partner organizations. For more information, go to Gelson's Long Beach location is at 6255 E. Second St., at Pacific Coast Highway.

A year-end bash to help raise money for Rebuilding Together Long Beach to repair homes and revitalize neighborhoods is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Dec. 18, at George's Greek Cafe, 135 Pine Ave. Tickets are $30 each (or two for $50) and includes one drink and a spread of George's appetizers. Go to for information and tickets.

A fundraiser benefitting Food4Kids is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at District Wine, 144 Linden Ave. Tickets are $25. Go to for information and to purchase tickets.

The Guidance Center, a nonprofit that helps children and families by providing comprehensive mental health care, is helping families in Long Beach, Compton and San Pedro with its Adopt-A-Family 2018 program. Go to for information on a family that needs help over the holidays. 

McKenzie Mortuary is celebrating the season with its 25th annual food, toy and gift drive. Donations also will be matched up to $10,000. Long Beachers can bring items to the mortuary office from 9 to 5 p.m. seven days a week, to 3843 E. Anaheim St. Arrangements to pick up donations also can be made by calling (562) 961-9301.

Eighth District Councilman Al Austin is partnering with businesses — Aguas Way (5248 Long Beach Blvd.), George's 50's Diner (4390 Atlantic Ave.) and Keo Neighborhood Market (1224 E. South St.) to name a few — to collect toys and food for Long Beach families in need. People can donate unwrapped food and toys through Friday, Dec. 14, to the Eighth District Field Office at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. 

People can "Adopt-a-Family" by donating cash, gift cards and gifts for hospitalized children and teens at the Jonathon Jaques Children's Cancer Institute, 701 E 28th St.  Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 14. For questions, call (562) 933-8600.

New Image Emergency Shelter for the Homeless is hosting the 24th annual Children's Christmas Store from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Hilton Long Beach's Catalina Room, 701 W. Ocean Blvd. The Christmas Store event provides toys, shoes, refreshments and a visit from Santa for children of homeless and low income families. For information, or to make a donation, go to or call (562) 983-7289.

Enjoy an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and holiday feelings from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at District Wine, 144 Linden Ave. Proceeds from the event will go to Food4Kids and Long Beach FoodFinders. Tickets are $25. For information and to purchase tickets, go to

Su Casa, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence, is now accepting donations of unwrapped clothing, household items, entertainment items, gift cards and toys, for the annual Shelter the Spirit Holiday Donation Drive. Donations can be brought to 3840 Woodruff Ave., #203, through Wednesday, Dec. 19. For questions, call (562) 421-6537 or go to

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