- Published on Tuesday, 17 December 1996 19:49
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
As the holiday season gets in full gear, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents are invited to help Community Services Agency bring holiday cheer to the low income families and others in the need in the community.
CSA has opened its traditional "Santa Claus Exchange" this season, for the 39th year, to offer low-income families gifts free of charge for their children this Saturday and Sunday.
Last year, the exchange made Christmas possible for more than 588 local families who were prescreened for eligibility for the program.
Along with toys, games, books and puzzles, the Santa Claus Exchange also provides food to assist families to help prepare holiday meals.
Holiday food baskets are also distributed through CSA's related "Senior Food Gift Basket Program."
There are many ways to participate, said Louise Pahl, CSA's associate director.
"People can collect and donate new or nearly new toys, or provide volunteer help for the exchange,." Pahl said.
Another way to help is to place fliers at your business advertising the exchange, or have a donation barrel at your work place for contributions. Money donations are also needed for the program, she said.
Toys and gifts for the Santa Claus Exchange and food items may be taken to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CSA will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
They may also be taken to any Mountain View or Los Altos fire station, Mountain View library and the Los Altos main library.
Cash contributions for these programs may be sent by mail to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, 94043.
Anyone wishing to share the holiday spirit with others in the community should phone CSA's volunteer office at 964-4630 to become a holiday volunteer.
Volunteers are needed for the Santa Claus Exchange, phone answering, assisting with receiving donations, food and gift sorting, gift packing and picking up donations.
For more information, call 968-0836.