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This means 21 left for shopping!!!
Help fulfill the Christmas wish of a local child in need while you shop. The wishes of dozens of local kids will adorn a “Teddy Bear Tree” at Lakewood Center’s Center Court on the weekend of December 8 and 9. Shoppers are asked to stop by the tree, choose a wish and fulfill it.
Sponsored by Lakewood Center and the Rotary Club of Lakewood, each bear ornament on the tree lists the holiday gift wish of a child from a Lakewood family facing tough economic times. Without help, that child will probably go without gifts this holiday season.
Bear ornaments, along with their accompanying gift, can be returned to the Rotary booth in the Center Court on that same weekend, or be delivered to any City of Lakewood facility by Tuesday, December 11.
Rotary volunteers will help mall visitors choose a paper bear from the tree and will accept the affordable gift items returned to the booth. The gifts go to individual children registered through Project Shepherd, which is Lakewood’s homegrown charity to assist Lakewood families in need.
The Teddy Bear Tree program is part of Project Shepherd, which is operated by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood. Rotary’s efforts carry on a Lakewood Project Shepherd tradition. Since 1995 kids have hung their holiday gift wishes on Teddy Bear Trees in the hopes of having them filled by an anonymous “Santa.”
Additional Teddy Bear Trees can be found at most City of Lakewood facilities and a variety of Lakewood businesses. For more information about Projects Shepherd, call 562-925-7512, or visit www.lakewoodcity.org/ProjectShepherd.
Center has several holiday events underway: Holiday Canned Food
Drive, Photos with Santa, Adopt and Shop “Santa Paws” pet photo
sessions with Santa, the CHIPS4Kids Toy Drive and more. Check out their website for additional information.
Holiday Canned Food Drive
Help families in need this holiday by donating items that will benefit families in our community. Drop off can goods items at Guest Services through December 11. All donations will go to support Project Shepherd.
Photos with Santa
The mall’s Center Court features a chance to visit Santa and create a lasting memory with a photo with Santa! Each child will receive a free gift with each visit. Hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Christmas Eve schedule: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Adopt and Shop “Santa Paws” pet photo sessions with Santa
Three Tuesdays: November 27, December 4 and 11, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Photos with Santa aren’t just for kids anymore! Bring your furry friend for special photo nights with Santa and receive a free goodie bag from Adopt & Shop!
CHIPS4Kids Toy Drive
The California Highway Patrol helps local kids in need each holiday. You can help by donating a new unwrapped toy that will go to local kids that could potentially not have toys this holiday if not for your help. Bring toys to the Lakewood Center Guest Services office located in the Center Court (near Macy’s).
As the December holiday season quickly approaches, we are reminded of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Over 2,000 individuals living in Lakewood, many of them children and seniors will not be able to enjoy the holidays without the food, gifts and toys that many of us take for granted.
Project Shepherd is a combined effort of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and the City of Lakewood. It is entering into its 40th year of community service, makes the December holidays a bit more comfortable for those who are low income or unemployed. Since 1973, Project Shepherd has brought the gift of Lakewood’s care and concern - along with a bundle of holiday gifts - to families in Lakewood.
A Project Shepherd box of staple food items and the makings for a traditional holiday dinner come with simple gifts--a toy for a toddler, a warm sweater for a senior, or a CD for a teenager facing a bleak Christmas. Donations of food and toys are needed and can be dropped off at Lakewood City Hall and most parks and community centers.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, please send your donation to: Lakewood Project Shepherd, c/o The Rotary Club of Lakewood, 5050 Clark Avenue, Lakewood, CA 90712. For more information or to find out about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Burns Community Center at 562-925-7512.
Donations can be dropped off at the Burns Community Center, 5510 Clark Avenue, are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Closed Sunday.
Donations can be dropped off at the Palms Park Community Center, 12350 E. 207th Street, are Monday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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