Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s mission is to assist low-income and needy households in Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs with emergency food boxes, clothing, medical supplies and referral services.
Each year the organization’s mission of service is realized through its hallmark Share Your Holiday social services program intended to serve children (ages 1 to 12) of low-income families to share in the joy of the holiday season, said Brian Moore, food and clothes closet general manager.
The program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Each child will receive a new toy from Santa Claus and there will be games, music and refreshments.
To receive an invitation to the party, an adult member of the family must apply at the Ramona Food & Closet office at 773 Main St. Applications for the party and toy distribution will be taken from Monday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Each family must pre-qualify for the program to participate. An adult family member must present a current picture identification card, proof of residency in Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Warner Springs or Borrego Springs, and documentation of all household income. Income includes employment, Social Security, disability, AFDC, food allowance, unemployment compensation and child support.
In addition, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet will provide a larger food box and food voucher for all current recipients and households that register before Christmas in the Emergency Food Box Assistance program. The larger food boxes will be available for pickup one week prior to Dec. 25.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet will accept donations of food and toys as well as monetary donations during the month of December to make this a joyous and special holiday for these families. Donations may be dropped off at the thrift shop donations area in the rear parking lot Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax- exempt organization. All donations to the organization are tax deductible.
For more information on how to participate, call Ramona Food and Clothes Closet at 789-4458.