PALMDALE – Hundreds of local low income families will have a Merry Christmas this year, thanks to South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES).
SAVES distributed 280 holiday baskets and gift bags to families in need Monday, beating last year’s record.
“We know a lot of families are struggling right now, and this is something we can do that we know goes a long way,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales.
The holiday baskets included a frozen turkey and all the ingredients necessary for a complete holiday dinner with all the trimmings, Morales said.
Families also received a toy for each person under 18 and a family gift, Morales added.
“A game that the family can play together and some goodies like hot chocolate and things for the family to do on Christmas day,” Morales said.
The massive giveaway was made possible through generous donations by Northrop Grumman, Four Points Swap Meet and other local business, Morales said.
Several community organizations also came out Monday to help distribute the holiday gift baskets. Among the volunteers were the Rancho Vista Community Queens, the Palmdale Learning Academy’s Robotics Team and several Palmdale city employees.
“We have families who are trying but they just can’t seem to make ends meet,” Morales said. “For those families, this is their whole Christmas, and we’re happy to do it.”
To qualify for the donation, families had to meet income eligibility requirements, reside in the south Antelope Valley area and register by November, Morales said.