Center gathers food for holidays

ENCINITAS — The 31st annual Holiday Baskets Program will serve 1,700 local families in need at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this winter, and the Community Resource Center is asking for help.Be part of one of the community efforts, with more than 2,000 volunteers coming together to collect, sort, and distribute donations of food, blankets, jackets/coats, bikes, baby items, toys, and much more. Visit for more information on ways to help, flyer templates, food lists, online volunteer registration and more.

Community members can help by:

Organizing a drive to collect items or donate online now

Items still needed include:

Non-Perishable food

New or gently used (all sizes) jackets/coats and blankets

New toys (all ages)

Overstock items from hotels and businesses (linens, towels, novelties)

Used bikes – CRC will repair and give as gifts to children and teens in need.

Drop off items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 at:

Encinitas Thrift Store: 111 C St. | (760) 753-8222

Oceanside Thrift Store: 1405 S. El Camino Real | (760) 231-7909

Carlsbad Thrift Store: 1055 Carlsbad Village Drive | (760) 729-5209

For pick-up of larger items or other options, visit or (760) 230-6304. Donations preferred by Dec. 15, but let them know if you need to drop off later

To help during the give-away, volunteer sign-ups are accepted until all shifts are filled. Advanced sign up required.

For more information, contact CRC at or (760) 230-6304

Community Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.




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