Sacred Heart Community Service
An annual holiday toy drive by Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose has a record number of kids set to receive gifts but is about 7,000 toys and books shy of its goal, a charity spokesman said Thursday.
The holidays are a great time to remember those less fortunate. Whether helping to feed a family that can’t afford a Christmas feast or donating toys to children who would otherwise go without, there are numerous ways to give back in the South Bay.
Dozens of needy families endured the nighttime chill camped outside Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose for the chance to pick out free toys and books as holiday gifts for their children.
One anonymous person donated $3,000 worth of turkeys to help Sacred Heart Community Service feed needy families.
Despite reports of a stronger Silicon Valley economy and job market compared to the state and nation overall, aid organizations are reporting helping record numbers of low-income families in the area.
A San Jose charity planned to hand out 20,000 toys to low income families by the end of the day Wednesday. Some parents even camped out overnight outside Sacred Heart Community Service.
A new survey by a well-respected non-profit that does outreach to low-income immigrant communities in San Jose finds a severe lack of trust in police, and now outreach is underway to improve police-community relations.
Needy families and the homeless lined up around the block as volunteers at Sacred Heart Community Service handed out thousands of holiday food boxes Monday, more than the organization has ever tried to distribute before.