Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The City and community of Garden Grove has been busy this holiday season, spreading good tidings and cheer with special outreach programs and services.

The annual Adopt-A-Family program, hosted by the Buena Clinton Youth and Family Center and Magnolia Park Family Resource Center, aided 250 Garden Grove families in need. Through donated items, including food, clothing, toys, and gift certificates, approximately 1,000 children will benefit from Adopt-A-Family. The success of the program is a combined effort from City employees, local businesses, and community members.

Carrying on the spirit of giving, the Garden Grove Fire Department has partnered with ABC7 for the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. The month-long campaign, which began last month, benefits low-income Garden Grove families through the donation of new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment.

Other community outreach activities include a food drive from the Garden Grove Police Department’s Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP) and Pacifica High School’s annual Adopt-A-Child.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, GRIP hosted a youth violence prevention program where Garden Grove Police Officers handed out turkeys to the families of underprivileged students from Wakeham Elementary, Lawrence Elementary, and Alamitos Intermediate schools. GRIP’s mission is to help families in need during the holidays, while providing a positive impact on the youth in the community.

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Pacifica High School celebrated their annual Adopt-A-Child event where more than 300 preschool and kindergarten students from the Garden Grove Unified School District enjoyed a morning of holiday fun. The high school’s gymnasium was transformed into Santa’s Village, filled with activities like arts and crafts, cookie decorating, and photographs with Santa Claus. At the end of the event, each “adopted” child received a special gift from their high school “parent.”