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December arrived and the holiday decorations and Santa have been around for weeks. It is time to get serious about holiday gifting.

    A great way to start is by adding the Brea Community Emergency Council’s annual Holiday Basket Program to your gift list. The council plans to make the holidays brighter for around 200 families and needs our help by Dec. 16. No one should go hungry on Christmas day, or any day, especially children and the elderly.

      Brea Community Emergency Council is a nonprofit organization that has been helping Breans in need for about 60 years, according to nearly 30-year member and long-time president Bill Higgins, who is also the chairman of the holiday project.

        How can we help? A good way to start is at the grocery store or your kitchen pantry. In order to fill 200 baskets – they are really boxes – the council needs canned food, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, beans, rice and other dried foods, household cleaning products, personal care products, including soap, paper products and razors. See something on sale? Pick up a couple to donate. But please do not donate expired food or dented cans. We don’t want to make people sick.

          If your children attend Brea’s public schools, you probably are aware of the collection boxes at each school. There are also donation boxes at the Brea Community Center, the Civic Center, the Brea Senior Center and for the first time, at Ralph’s in the Gateway Center.

            “The new manager wanted to get involved in a local community event to help the needy,” said Higgins via email. I’d say that is definitely the holiday and Brea spirit!

              On Dec. 18, after 1 p.m., council volunteers will bring all the collection boxes to the Brea Olinda High School cafeteria and sort the contents by categories. Starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 19, more volunteers will show up to fill the holiday boxes with items from as many categories of food and household products that they can fit into each box. The families receiving the boxes will come to pick them up starting at noon.

                My fellow Soroptimist of Brea/La Habra Club members and I help out each year, and we’ll be there this year, as will members of other Brea service clubs and community volunteers.

                  To help fill the boxes on Dec. 19, just show up at the high school cafeteria and be prepared to work. And if you or someone you know is in need of a big box of groceries this holiday season, call 714-529-6776.

                    Hate to shop? Higgins added that council needs cash and checks too, because it works all year with the Brea Family Resource Center, Active Christians Today, the Brea Ministerial Association and other groups helping families and individuals with everything from food to tires so someone can get to their new job.

                      Drop off your tax-deductible donations at the high school on Dec. 19 or mail to BCEC, P.O. Box 8624, Brea, 92822.

                        Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at
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