Children and Youth

12 Days of Giving wraps up Nov. 29

Last day to take advantage of 12 Days of Giving Campaign, which serves important basic services

"He knows when you've been sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!"  At least, that is according to the popular song, "Santa Claus is Coming". Fortunately, if you are looking for opportunities to do good things for San Benito County residents in need, 12 Days of Giving isn't over yet and you still have an opportunity to keep Santa on your side.

Tiffany Motor Company, True Leaf Farms, Pierce Real Estate, Teknova, Rotary Club of Hollister, Recology, Earthbound Farms, Corbin, Greenwood Motors and Grocery Outlet are taking part in this campaign, making individual donations go much further. If you are interested in supporting this annual event, use the 12 Days of Giving link.

Nonprofits participating in 12 Days of Giving include CASA of San Benito County, Chamberlain’s Children Center, Community FoodBank, Emmaus House, and Salvation Army. 

CASA of San Benito County reminds readers that most foster children from San Benito County will not be home to celebrate the holidays with their families. CASA is providing them with gifts, clothing, and shoes. CASA's mission is to train and support community volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children placed in foster care; upholding the children's rights while pursuing a safe and permanent home.

Chamberlain’s Children Center provides a home-like environment for at-risk foster youth who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. Chamberlain’s provides a safe housing, nutritious food, wellness activities and therapy along with teaching life skills to the community’s most needy children.  Many of the children in our care have never experienced a traditional holiday season like the ones you, I and our children have.  

Community FoodBank's long-term mission to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for those in need within San Benito County. In a recent BenitoLink article, the FoodBank wrote, "Throughout much of the year, the Food Bank receives most of its contributions in the form of fresh produce from growers throughout the region. During winter months, the supply of fruits and vegetables slows significantly, and contributions received during the Food and Fund drive help bridge the gap. Some 5,000 people rely on Community Food Bank each month."

Emmaus House is a nonprofit organization providing 24/7 shelter and assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Emmaus House is the only domestic violence shelter in San Benito County and it has been serving families in need since 2006.

Salvation Army is a national nonprofit with an office in San Benito County. The agency provides help to both adults and families in areas from rehabilitation to housing and hunger relief. The Salvation Army office is based in Hollister and local information can be found on the national website.

Matching funds for the 12 Days of Giving are made possible by the Community Foundation for San Benito County and United Way of San Benito County, as well as several community-minded campaign sponsors.

Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.