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Applications being accepted for Christmas baskets and toys
By: Carol Montsinger

Topics: christmas, Volunteering, Salvation Army, needy families, Christmas baskets and toys, DONATIONS
Posted by Contributor Wed Oct 8, 2008 17:29:36 PDT
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The Third Annual Bakersfield Community Christmas is coming and applications are being accepted.   Apply Now For Baskets and Toys in December.
What you need to bring with you to apply:

Photo ID (Drivers License/ Out of Country ID) and Social Security Card for the applicant
ID for each member of the home to be served
Proof of Address
Proof of Income    MUST BE LOW INCOME
All individuals living at one address must apply together
Multiple applications could disqualify applicants.
For more information, please call 836-8487 ext 8403 
You can apply at:
     The Salvation Army:         4417 Wilson Road        October 1st-30th                                     Monday thru Thursday    9 AM to 3PM
Catholic Charities:    525 18th Street            October 1st-30th
    Monday thru Friday,     9AM to 12 Noon 1:30 to 4 PM

In addition, the following sites will be interviewing their regular clients only:
Bakersfield City School District (Through School Advocates): 10-1-08 until 10-30-08
Kern County Aging and Adults.

Bakersfield Community Christmas began three years ago as a dream of most of the large providers of Christmas food boxes and toys across the city.  We realized we needed a better way to address the growing needs of families with lower incomes.  As a result, BCC was formed.

Last year, we served over 2,100 families and gave out over 15,000 toys.  This year we anticipate serving many more families due to the economy.

Under the leadership of The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Bakersfield American Indian Health Project, the Volunteer Center, BCSD and many other organizations, BCC’s purpose is to reduce duplication of services between agencies, churches, businesses  and service organizations, produce bigger and better food boxes, insure that no child goes without toys. This way more families are served and duplication and abuse of services are reduced. The agencies are able to be better stewards of the community’s donations and it creates one city-wide data base, useful in knowing who and how many we serve. Everyone one involved is a volunteer.


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