The pinch of economic hard times is being felt by everyone this holiday season, but nowhere is it more evident than at Tri-Valley Haven, a Livermore-based shelter which provides shelter, food and other services to abused homeless and low-income individuals and families.
This year, the nonprofit said 1,100 local families have signed up to receive assistance with holiday gifts and food.
"That's almost 5,000 people," said Christine Dillman who is the coordinator for the Haven's Rape Crisis Center.
The Haven's Holiday Warehouse Program will be held Thursday and Saturday, but gifts can still be donated up until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Dillman said parents select gifts for each member of the family at the Tri-Valley Haven's distribution site and take them home to wrap. Gifts are needed for teens, adults and seniors as well as toys for children. A list of suggested items is on the organization's website, www.trivalleyhaven.org or by calling 449-5845. Gift cards to local stores are also welcome.
New, unwrapped gifts can be delivered to the holiday warehouse site from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at 20 S. L St., Livermore, which is the Old Railroad Building at the corner of Railroad Avenue. Call Dillman at 667-2707 for information. If those wishing to donate aren't able to drop off a gift by 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Haven is happy to accept checks or cash after that time. A coordinator at the shelter said the money can be used to buy gifts if the shelter doesn't receive enough in time.
Tri-Valley Haven is one of seven nonprofits who will benefit from the Pleasanton Weekly's Holiday Fund, which launched Nov. 21 and continues through the end of the year. For every dollar that residents donate, the Weekly's partner, Tri-Valley Community Foundation, will match. Unlike most charitable campaigns, the Holiday Fund has no overhead fees and all the money goes directly to the seven nonprofits, which also include Valley Humane Society, Senior Support Services of the Tri-Valley, Hope Hospice, Axis Community Health, the emergency room expansion at ValleyCare Medical Center and Open Heart Kitchen.