Community | 12 Days of Giving - Day One
By: Megan Gonzalez
Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage altruism and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature will share the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform you and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.
Day One – Helping Hands Pantry
Image source: helpinghandspantry.org/programs
San Bernardino has the second highest rate of poverty in any city in America. Over 40,000 children in the city of San Bernardino are in danger of going to bed hungry. This is a major problem that Helping Hands Pantry is trying to fix. This organization's goal is to end hunger, because no one should go to sleep hungry. Helping Hands Pantry is the only food pantry in the area that is open seven days a week. They feed over 7,000 people each week through their distribution center and mobile food bank. Helping Hands Pantry is open seven days a week, and no one is turned away.
The mobile food bank is a part of the Living on the Streets project, which takes food to the homeless in places they congregate. The mobile food bank goes to the places with the most in need, such as the Norton neighborhood in San Bernardino. The mobile food bank already helps so many people, but now it needs your help. For the mobile food bank to expand, the Helping Hands Pantry need more volunteers.
There are so many programs that are in of help at Helping Hands Pantry. Such as USDA distribution once a month, student food assistance, Paws to Feed, Oasis and Pantry Garden. Helping Hands has over 200 volunteers and donors, but to expand they are going to need so much more help. To volunteer head over to their website, and fill out their volunteer application. If you aren’t able to dedicate your time, Helping Hands is always accepting donations; check here to see where you can drop them off. This is definitely a way to start spreading holiday cheer!
Image source: dalebrosbrewery.com
Dale Bros is holding their Hoppy Holidays Event, which a portion of the proceeds will go to Helping Hands! The event is held on Saturday, December 12th from 12p.m. to 10p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, this includes a keepsake glass and the first 200 guests get the first fill of beer free! Of course there will be food; enjoy holiday inspired food from Corazon Azul from 12p.m. to 9p.m. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the band Dead End Friends will be performing. Haven’t found the perfect gift yet? Hoppy Holiday Event will have a gift basket making station; they will provide the perfect supplies to make an awesome gift basket. You can either pick out a premade gift basket or create your own! This joyous event will be held at Dale Bros Tap Room at 2120 Porterfield Way in Upland, CA 91786. Check out Dale Bros website for more information!
Remember that sharing is caring, and if you can’t personally give back, share it with someone who can! #ieshineon #12daysofgiving