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Make the Season a Little Brighter for Those in Need This Holiday Season

Tinsel-covered trees, stockings filled to the brim and the ripping open of gifts are just a few of the holiday joys that our family cherishes each year. However, even more important is the opportunity to give to others in need during the holiday season. My daughters and I love selecting name tags from our church Christmas trees, and putting together Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

My girls bright and merry during the holiday!

My girls bright and merry during the holiday!

So, if your family is able to make someone’s life a little brighter this holiday season, here are a few organizations in Orange County that still need help:

Alzheimer’s Family Services Center
9451 Indianapolis Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

The Alzheimer’s Family Services Center is in need of holiday set up and decorating on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come decorate halls and the outside of the center with trees, boughs and garland to celebrate the holiday season with participants. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Lifting and carrying of boxes may be required. Please sign up in advance.

Olive Crest – Annual Stocking Stuffer Event
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
714-543-5437, ext. 1119 

Gather family and friends to volunteer together at the Annual Stocking Stuffer Event benefitting Olive Crest’s youth and teens on Monday, December 9, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Olive Crest assists in meeting the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Stuff stockings, decorate cookies, create Christmas cards and enjoy the Pretend City Children’s Museum interactive exhibits.

Illumination Foundation
2691 Richter Avenue Suite 107
Irvine, CA 92606

Illumination Foundation’s goal is to break the cycle of homelessness. Have a fun filled day or two at the Illumination Foundation’s Holiday Carnival on December 14-15. Volunteer by bringing the spirit of the holidays to those less fortunate. Assist with meal service, gift distribution, gift wrapping, kids’ craft booths, and pictures with Santa Claus. Another way to get involved is pre-event toy/gift card collection drive to ensure all kids and teens leave with a special item.

South County Outreach
26776 Vista Terrace
Lake Forest, CA 92630

South County Outreach helps individual and families in crisis reach self-sufficiency by providing comprehensive emergency services. Help those in need by collecting non-perishable food for families in South Orange County. The most needed holiday food is stuffing, cranberry sauce, boxed potatoes, canned gravy, yams, broth, canned milk and pumpkin (please no glass jars).

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls ages five and eight, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.
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