One of the best things you can do during the holidays is to find a way to give back to those in need. Newport Beach offers numerous volunteer opportunities to assist struggling families during this challenging time of year. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made hands-on volunteering and donations more difficult. However, there are still multiple ways you can donate your time and money to philanthropic causes and charities this holiday season.
Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Newport Beach is moving forward with their annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
(with plenty of safety precautions, of course). This year's theme is Bringing the Holiday Magic and Joy to Your Home, and you can participate from December 16th to 20th.
This year, for the first time, viewers can stream the cruise and festivities from home. Several frontline heroes will serve as the parade's Grand Marshals alongside multiple local charities. It is sure to be a great way to spread awareness of the city's philanthropy and motivate participants and watchers from home to donate what they can to these causes.
Gary Sherwin, President and CEO of Newport Beach & Company, spoke with the Newport Beach Independent
about the event, saying, "Ending the year celebrating our frontline heroes and community with lights aglow in the backdrop represent brighter days ahead for us all."
From November 27th to December 18th, Fashion Island
will host the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Toy Drive. Those who want to spread some holiday cheer to families in need can donate an unwrapped toy or gift to children in the Orange County foster care system. Drop donations off at the Guest Services Suite inside the Atrium Court suite A204.
(Children's Hospital of Orange County) is putting on another toy drive. Their annual holiday toy drive will differ from past years due to the pandemic, as they cannot accept in-person toy donations. The best way to help their patients and families is to purchase toys, supplies, and gift cards through their Amazon Wishlist
and My Registry
accounts. Monetary contributions are also appreciated.
Holiday Food Drives
Similar to toy drives, holiday food drives are harder to find this year due to the pandemic. However, the Back Bay/Monte Vista PTSA
is organizing a food drive on Saturday, December 5th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Back Bay/Monte Vista High School. Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves with their car trunks propped open to limit contact.
You can volunteer or assist other local charities during this time of year, such as Families Forward
and Second Harvest Food Bank
. The food bank does not accept individual food donations due to COVID-19 best practices, but they take pallets from commercial vendors and monetary donations. Those who work for companies seeking ways to be charitable might consider starting a Virtual Food Drive
. Second Harvest provides resources and information to get started.
If you would like to make individual food donations, contact your local information hotline to find a food pantry near you, as some might still accept in-person offerings.
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