LANCASTER – The Marco and Sandra Johnson Foundation and the University of Antelope Valley will again extend a helping hand to those in need this holiday season.
The eighth annual “Caring for the Community” dinner service and toy distribution is set for Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at UAV’s Lancaster campus at 44055 Sierra Highway.
The event, which is open to the community, offers attendees a free holiday turkey dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the UAV Culinary Arts School. Residents in need also receive free winter clothing and canned goods to take home. Santa Claus spreads cheer throughout the event by presenting a toy or bicycle, shoes or clothes to each child in attendance.
More than 2,400 holiday meals have been served at “Caring for the Community” events over the past seven years, and organizers are hoping to serve a record number of attendees this year.
“I see firsthand the lives that are touched by this event,” stated UAV Banquet Manager Pam Mazor. “For some this is their only meal for the day and for some children the only present they will receive.”
How you can help
Organizers are seeking compassionate residents to be a part of this year’s “Caring for the Community” event.
You can help by volunteering your time or by donating non-perishable foods or gently-worn winter clothes.
To become involved, contact Ashley Clutter at 661-726-1911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Caring for the Community” event volunteers include UAV students and alumni, faculty and staff, the local Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, community leaders, the T.I.F.F. Foundation and neighborhood residents.