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CSA changes to holiday program reflect changing times for clients

The Mountain View-based Community Services Agency’s annual Holiday Sharing Program continues to evolve.

This year’s event – scheduled Dec. 14 and 15 – will focus on providing families with gift cards so that they can purchase items for their children. All clients will receive the traditional food bag for preparing holiday meals.

This year’s event will wind down the physical toy distribution component.

“This change offers families more choice in what to purchase for their children, which ultimately preserves the dignity of the people we serve,” said Executive Director Tom Myers. “The focus on gift cards will also allow us to expand the program to include our senior clients, for whom the holidays can be an especially lonely time.”

Local residents can donate gift cards from stores, as well as VISA gift cards. CSA will accept toy donations this year, but the agency will not store the remaining items after the event and will instead share them with organizations serving children in need. CSA spends approximately $2,000 annually to store leftover toys in storage pods, funds that will now be used to expand the Holiday Sharing Program to include more clients.

To donate and for more information, visit csacares.org.

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