Volunteers Needed For 10th-annual Operation Easter Basket

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It’s time for the 10th-annual Operation Easter Basket. The goal is to collect and distribute 1,600 baskets this season to economically-disadvantaged boys and girls – from birth to age 16. The headquarters for this 2-day operation is at Bay Shore Church, 5100 E. The Toledo @ Granada Ave., 90803, on Thurs., April 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fri., April 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is hosted by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT).

Volunteers are needed to create and drop off baskets, and volunteers are also needed to help put together baskets on-site from goodies that have been donated. Baskets average about $20 and contain small toys, school supplies (i.e. note pad, pens, pencils), art supplies (i.e. crayons, markers), hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, shampoo), essential clothing items (i.e. socks, underwear), and some Easter candy.

Donors can also make an online contribution of $20 per basket at www.JustinRudd.com/easter.html, and volunteers will put together baskets for you.

Suggested age categories are: 0-2; 2-4; 5-7; 8-10; 11-13; or 14-16. Organizers ask donors to attach a note to the handle of each basket that says “BOY” or “GIRL” and the age category (i.e. BOY, age 5-7).

The Operation partners with area organizations who come to pick up baskets who then give them out on Easter weekend to the youth they serve. Some of the previous recipients include: Carmelitos Housing Project; Long Beach Rescue Mission; Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Child Life; Interval House; Long Beach BLAST’s Northpointe Housing Project; Bikes 90800; Long Beach Dept. of Health’s Public Health Nurses; NAACP; Exchange Club Family Center; New Life Beginnings; Good Success Christian Fellowship Church; Christian Outreach in Action (COA); Trinity Youth Services, Foster Care Long Beach office; Woman to Woman; Shields for Families, Inc. (Compton); Home Depot Day Laborers/English language program; 7th Street Church; Tarzana Treatment of Long Beach; CANTA; City of Long Beach, MacArthur Park; Bethune Transitional Center; Gems Uncovered; Child Family Services.

MORE: www.JustinRudd.com/easter.html  Contact: Justin@JustinRudd.com.

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