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Holiday Fund opens 18th season of giving

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is launching its 18th year supporting local organizations that directly serve those with the most pressing needs in the community.

            Since its inception, the Holiday Fund has raised more than $3 million. This year, the fund aims to collect $250,000 to donate to 20 nonprofit organizations.

            The Town Crier has added Los Altos resident Ray Piontek’s Bay Area Furniture Bank to this year’s list of Holiday Fund recipients. The organization recycles gently used furniture for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness to stable housing. 

            The fund will no longer support ALearn, which has ceased to operate in its original form since merging last year with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Town Crier donations to ALearn since 2011 helped underserved students prepare for and attend college.

            Other Holiday Fund recipients include: Bayshore Christian Ministries; Child Advocates of Silicon Valley; the Community Health Awareness Council; Community Services Agency’s Food & Nutrition Center; the Community School of Music and Arts’ Artistic Intelligence program; Downtown College Prep – Alum Rock; the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation; Help One Child; Hidden Villa Summer Camps; Jeremiah’s Promise; House of Grace; the MERIT program at the Krause Center for Innovation; Music for Minors; Mentor Tutor Connection; Reach Potential Movement; Sky’s the Limit Fund; Sunday Friends; the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College; and WomenSV.

            Los Altos Community Foundation is the Town Crier’s new financial partner for the Holiday Fund. Contributions are tax deductible and processed through a donor-advised fund at foundation. The foundation provides letters acknowledging donor contributions. The Town Crier will present checks to the 20 organizations in early 2019. The paper will profile each organization in a series of articles published throughout the holiday season.

            To donate by check, make payable to Los Altos Community Foundation with “Town Crier Holiday Fund” in the memo line, and mail to 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos 94022.

         For more information, visit latcholidayfund.org.

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